If you have a few too many pounds around the belly, too few coins in the purse and access to a Santa suit this Christmas season, you might be thinking you could make a few extra bucks posing as Old St. Nick. Well, some professional Santas warn, it's not that easy.
There's still no agreement between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on how to avoid looming tax hikes and spending cuts. But Noam Scheiber of The New Republic argues no agreement is good news for Obama. Host Guy Raz talks with Scheiber about why he believes Obama must go over the fiscal cliff to save his second term. Raz also talks with NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the latest political maneuvering.
In the wake of the Newtown shooting, a coalition of atheists have come together to provide some relief. Atheists Giving Aid is raising money for funeral costs and counseling services for Sandy Hook victims.
House Speaker John Boehner sent his colleagues home for the holidays after failing to pass a proposed solution to the year-end tax hikes that he called "Plan B." Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about Boehner's status as a leader within the GOP. They also discuss the defiant tone of the NRA press conference Friday.
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with the secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union. Elesio Medina says in 2013 his group and other Latino organizations will keep a scorecard on how members of Congress vote on immigration reform.
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to Kyle Smith of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation about the exhumation this week of the bodies of the killers who were the subject of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Authorities in Florida are hoping to tie them to a cold case crime there with DNA evidence.
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