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Politics Lawmakers postpone tough decisions on spending, debt Lawmakers postpone tough decisions on spending, debt
Another standoff is likely to arrive as early as February, when Congress will need to raise the $16.4 trillion federal borrowing limit so the government can keep paying its bills.
Politics Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans
While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.
Politics Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes (Video)
Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.
Politics Obama: Fiscal cliff deal close, not done as deadline looms Obama: Fiscal cliff deal close, not done as deadline looms
Agonizingly close to a New Year's Eve compromise, the White House and congressional Republicans agreed Monday to block across-the-board tax increases set for midnight, but held up a final deal as they haggled away the final hours of 2012 in a dispute over spending cuts.
Politics White House meeting a last attempt to dodge fiscal cliff White House meeting a last attempt to dodge fiscal cliff
President Barack Obama was preparing to present a limited fiscal proposal to congressional leaders at a White House meeting Friday, a make-or-break moment for negotiations to avoid across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts at the first of the year.
Politics AP: US economy could handle short fall over 'cliff' AP: US economy could handle short fall over 'cliff'
The economic threat that's kept many Americans on edge for months is nearing reality - unless the White House and Republicans cut a budget deal by New Year's Day.
Politics Senators fear that country may go over 'fiscal cliff' Senators fear that country may go over 'fiscal cliff'
Senators bickered Sunday over who's to blame for lurching the country toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," bemoaning the lack of a deal days before the deadline but bridging no differences in the debate.
Politics Will cigarette makers jump into pot market? Will cigarette makers jump into pot market?
Will the Marlboro Man light up a joint soon? The states of Washington and Colorado legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in the November elections, but it is unclear if any cigarette makers plan to supply either market.
Politics Susan Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate Susan Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate
Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a bitter, weekslong standoff with Republican senators who declared they would vigorously fight her nomination.
Politics UN official calls  for marijuana ballot rollback UN official calls for marijuana ballot rollback
The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.