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Analysis: Lawmakers Head Into Holidays With No Fiscal Cliff Deal

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations and Sen. Barbara Mikulski making history.


Obama Taps Sen. Kerry For Secretary Of State

Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He would succeed Secretary Hillary Clinton, who has said she wants to step down early in the president's second term.

Boehner Answers Questions About Withdrawing 'Plan B'

House Speaker John Boehner had a news conference Friday, after he had to withdraw his "Plan B" for avoiding the tax increases and spending cuts due at the end of the year. Many of his fellow Republicans wouldn't support it because it included higher taxes for millionaires.

Boehner: 'We'll Continue To Work' On Avoiding Fiscal Cliff

On this morning after he couldn't get fellow Republicans to support his "Plan B" for avoiding the year end "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts, House Speaker John Boehner said it's clear Democrats "run Washington." But the GOP will continue to negotiate, he said.

The NRA Isn't The Only Opponent Of Gun Control

Over the years, the National Rifle Association has become synonymous with protection of gun owners' rights. But other groups have taken an even stronger line in defense of Second Amendment protections. On Friday, the NRA echoed some of those groups, calling for "qualified armed security" in all schools.

Everybody Over The Cliff?

With the collapse of House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B," there's renewed talk about the likelihood that the end-of-year tax hikes and automatic spending cuts will not be avoided. A dive off the so-called fiscal cliff could hit the economy hard. But it also could force compromise in the new year.
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Obama Restricts Number Of Inaugural Balls

Due to tough economic times, President Obama is restricting the inaugural balls to the lowest number in 60 years.