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Year Ends As It Began, With Lawmakers Headed Toward The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Talks continue on a deal to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases. But with just hours to go before they kick in, an agreement remained elusive.


Not Your Father's (Or Mother's) Congress

Despite what has been called a status quo election, the 113th Congress will bring with it generational changes and some history, including the first all-female delegation for a state, and the fewest number of military veterans since World War II. Here are some of the noteworthy newcomers.

Secretary Clinton Hospitalized With Blood Clot

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in a New York hospital for treatment of a blood clot. Clinton suffered a concussion after a fall earlier this month.

Why Charities Need To Consider Donors' Politics

As American make contributions to various charities at the end of the year, there is increasing evidence that politics is playing a role in their decisions. Research suggests that the way the charity presses certain ideological buttons predicts whether liberals or conservatives will pony up a donation.

Hours Left To 'Fiscal Cliff' Deadline

Congressional negotiators have one more day to work out a compromise to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, or else taxes will go up across the board in the New Year. Both the House and the Senate convened Sunday, but a bipartisan push by Senate leaders fell short.

After Fruitless Weekend, Congress Still Seeks Fiscal Deal

Both the House and the Senate were in session Sunday evening, but a bipartisan push by Senate leaders fell short. Monday is the last day to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts, though Congress may still reach a deal over the next few days.