Topic: Tom Reed
The stalemate in Congress over extending a payroll tax cut also affects unemployment insurance. Republicans want to limit federal benefits for the long-term unemployed to 59 weeks, down from 99 weeks now. One Republican says he's willing to go to 26 weeks.
House's plan for next round of budget-cutting would revamp the social contract between Medicare recipients and the government. Obama may say on Wednesday how far he'll go on Medicare reform.
The toxic metal cadmium has been detected in the paint on Shrek-themed drinking glasses being sold McDonald's in the United States, forcing the company to recall 12 million of the collectibles.
Once thought to be waste, rice husks now can be used as clean, cheap fuel for developing countries.