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Congress: A 'cage match'?

“A US Senate proposal to delay a reduction in the swipe card fees charged to retailers failed,” the Boston Globe writes, adding, “The issue has fueled a fierce lobbying on Capitol Hill battle in recent months between banks and retailers over the fees that banks charge to stores when customers swipe their debit cards. Tester’s amendment would have delayed that reduction by one year, and required the Federal Reserve to study the issue for six months.”

“Rarely do Senate votes get decided in what participants describe as a “cage match,’” Roll Call writes. “But that’s exactly what appeared to happen Wednesday morning in the office of Sen. Mark Begich, where top lobbyists from the retail and bank industries faced off in a last-minute bid to convince the Alaska Democrat that he should side with them on a proposal to delay new limits on fees for debit card transactions.”

The New York Post: “Huma pregnant! Pop goes the weasel.” 

The New York Daily News: “Little Weiner in the oven.”