If America defaults on its debt this week, it won't be the first economic superpower to do so. Imperial Spain was a chronic defaulter in the 16th and 17th centuries, and this helped lead to its downfall.
Reid Davenport planned to spend a semester abroad in Italy. He was talked out of it because he uses a wheelchair. He decided to go Europe to make a documentary for people with physical disabilities there. Brigid McCarthy has the story.
An Italian museum is the highest profile examples of European artists protesting budget cuts by burning their art. At the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, director Antonio Manfredi has promised to burn three pieces per week until his funding is improved. He's already burned some pieces, so he's not bluffing.