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The Fiscal Five: A Quintet of Cliff Cartoons

Things aren't looking too optimistic. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that we're headed over the "fiscal cliff," blaming House Speaker John Boehner for not allowing a middle class tax cut bill to come to a vote. As leaders in Washington continue to squabble, here are five funny "fiscal cliff" cartoons to cheer you up.
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Leaping Lizards: Democrats Could Avoid the Cliff with Majority Vote

In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.
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Congress Breaks for Christmas During Contentious Tax Talks

If New Year's Day arrives without a deal, the nation shouldn't plunge onto the shoals of recession immediately. There still might be time to engineer a soft landing. So long as lawmakers and the president appear to be working toward agreement, the tax hikes and spending cuts could mostly be held at bay for a few weeks. Then they could be retroactively repealed once a deal was reached.
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Obama Nominates Kerry for US Secretary of State

Kerry's nomination could bring to a close what has become for the White House a contentious and distracting effort to name a new secretary of state. Rice withdrew her name from consideration last week, making Kerry all but certain to become the nominee. People familiar with the White House's decision-making said support within the administration was moving toward Kerry even before Rice pulled out.
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Obama: January Deadline for Gun Violence Proposals

Obama delivered a statement from the Brady Press Briefing Room about the policy process the Administration will pursue in the wake of the Newtown tragedy to reduce and prevent gun violence. Obama also answered questions from the press about the fiscal cliff negotiations.
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Army Day Care Center in VA Under Investigation for Hiring Criminals

U.S. officials say President Barack Obama phoned the Army secretary late Tuesday night to expressing concerns over arrests and the discovery of problems with background checks at an Army day care center.
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Leahy Becomes Third in Line As President Pro Tempore of Senate

As the longest serving Democrat now in the Senate, Leahy moved to third place in the line of presidential succession, behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner.
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Boehner: I Remain the Most Optimistic Person in This Town

Obama drew a colorful sketch of his negotiating partner during the 2011 budget talks, as quoted by author Bob Woodward: "He's a golf-playing, cigarette-smoking, country-club Republican who's there to make deals."
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Will CT Shooting Offer Chance for a New Start?

I spent many Sundays in a fundamentalist Christian church back home, and I don't remember our pastor ever depicting God as a Mafioso who demands protection money lest something happen to our children. Did we kick God out of the Oregon shopping mall, the Colorado cinema or the Wisconsin Sikh temple? Has secularism become so powerful that we can exile an omniscient deity from our public spaces?
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Obama: Taxes Are Going Up One Way or Another

"Taxes are going to go up one way or another," Obama told Walters in the treatment. "And I think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on high-end individuals like you and me, Barbara, we can afford it."
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