Most Senate Republicans voted two weeks ago to end a tax break for ethanol. Some see that vote as a chink in the armor of anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist and the no-new-taxes pledge he's gotten almost every GOP lawmaker to take.
Senate Democrats are still crowing about the day when more than two-thirds of their GOP colleagues seemed to set aside their anti-tax increase orthodoxy.
Venezuela's colorful and bombastic leader has reappeared after a long public absence.
President Hugo Chavez, who frequently goes on air to accuse the U.S. of plotting against him, hadn't been seen since June 10 when he underwent surgery in Cuba. But now, he's surfaced in a video, spiritedly talking to Fidel Castro.
"Socialism or death - we'll be victorious," said Chavez, who appeared to be walking gingerly as he spoke to Castro.
Most foreigners fled Libya earlier this year when a popular uprising to oust Moammar Gadhafi turned into a brutal war. But in Tripoli, one Chinese family that runs a restaurant is trying to hang on.
Few people come to al Maida Chinese restaurant, which once counted Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, among its customers. NATO airstrikes and gun-toting thugs make eating out an unsavory prospect for most people still in the capital.
The exceptions are foreign journalists seeking an escape from the lackluster cuisine of the hotel they are restricted to by the Libyan government.
Starting in October, banks aren't going to be able to charge as much as they used to when consumers pay by debit card. The Federal Reserve has issued a final rule on so-called "swipe fees" that are charged to merchants every time a debit card is used.
Retailers have been complaining for years about the fees banks charge whenever a customer pulls out a debit card. Congress listened last year and included an amendment in the big financial overhaul to limit fees on debit transactions.
The upcoming Fourth of July weekend is expected to be a little louder and flashier than usual across Kentucky. The number of fireworks stands across the commonwealth is way up over last year.
State Fire Marshall Bill Swope says 420 people received permits to sell fireworks last year. This summer, that figure has ballooned to 776 permits. Swope says the vast majority of those permits are for seasonal sales through July seventh.
Google is trying once again to challenge Facebook's domination of the social networking business. Its main social networking site "Orkut" is very popular in Brazil, but in the rest of the world, Google trails Facebook.
But the company has a new attempt to catch up.
The new social network is called Google Plus, and you're not allowed to join it. At least, not yet.
"It's small but growing," says Bradley Horowitz, who oversees Google's communications products and social applications.
After French daily Le Figaro ran a report saying France was secretly arming Libyan rebels, the French military has admitted that they provided the rebels with ammunition and weapons on several occasions.
Watching President Obama Wednesday at his first full-scale news conference since February, it was difficult not to be aware of the two simultaneous campaigns he was waging.
The first and more short-term campaign was his effort to get congressional Republicans to agree to raise the federal debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline set by the U.S. Treasury Department to avert a debt default by the U.S. government.
Since the economy is the issue that tops all others for voters, Obama said the debt-ceiling was about jobs.