1. desperate times?

    Senate Passes Online Sales Tax

    SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 24:  Staff at the Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre process orders as they prepare their busiest time of the year on November 24, 2011 in Swansea, Wales. The 800,000 sq ft fulfilment centre, one the largest of Amazon's six in the UK and the also the world, is gearing up for for both 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber Monday'. Black Friday is traditionally the discount shopping day that follows Thanksgiving in America and signals the start of the Christmas shopping period. In 2010 it is was reported that over 45bn USD was spent by shoppers in America over 'Black Friday' weekend. Cyber Monday, which this year is Monday December 5, and is predicted to be the UK's busiest online shopping day of the year with over 2 million orders expected to be made.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

    Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    The U.S. Senate took a cue from retailers and states by passing a bill that would subject online shopping to state sales tax, with 69 to 27 in favor. States currently can only require online retailers to collect tax if the store has a brick-and-mortar setup in the state. President Obama has voiced support for this measure, but it is expected to be a tougher sell in the House, where conservatives view it as a tax increase.

    Read it at The Washington Post