NATO’s bombing of Qaddafi’s compound resumed within hours of the release of fresh video of the Libyan leader. Among the destruction was the façade of a building reserved for hosting VIP guests. Coincidence? In an interview, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the military alliance wants to help Libya but is not targeting individuals.
The national debt is discussed a lot in the abstract, but to borrow trillions of dollars the U.S. government must physically auction off its debt. The Treasury Department has a bureau devoted to just that. It’s closed to the public, but, as it turns out, not to U.S. senators.
The federal government currently takes in a lot less revenue than it spends, and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has a plan to flip that equation on its head. On Tuesday, Corker, R-Tenn., introduced a bill with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., that would require Congress to cap all spending at a “declining level” of the country’s gross domestic product over the next decade.
As of December 1, the 72 House Democrats and 24 House Republicans who lost their seats in November or were retiring had to pack up their offices and return their phones, computers, desks, chairs, and couches—all of which lined the hallways while their empty suites were cleaned and readied for the next occupants.