Congress

3:30pm

Fri December 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Kerry's Cabinet Nod Sets Off Massachusetts Senate Fight

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 3:55 pm

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., gets into his pickup truck after voting in Wrentham, Mass., on Nov. 6. Brown lost the election to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, but both he and his truck could be back on the campaign trail soon.
Gretchen Ertl AP

President Obama's nomination of Democrat John Kerry to be secretary of state sets off a chain of events that could put another Kennedy in the Senate, at least on an interim basis.

And it gives ousted Republican Scott Brown a fighting chance of returning to the Senate by midyear.

On Friday, Obama nominated Kerry, the senior senator from Massachusetts, to replace Hillary Clinton as the nation's chief diplomat. A 27-year veteran of the Senate and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry should win easy Senate confirmation early in the new year.

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2:43pm

Fri December 21, 2012
It's All Politics

House GOP Leaves 'Lump Of Coal' In 'Fiscal Cliff' Negotiations

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 7:21 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., speaks to reporters about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the Capitol on Friday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

In 10 days, virtually all Americans will be hit with a tax increase and deep government spending cuts will follow shortly behind. That is, unless Congress and President Obama can find a way to avert the "fiscal cliff."

It's not looking very promising at the moment. On Thursday night, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, pulled the plug on a measure he was calling his "Plan B" and sent his members home for Christmas.

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2:35pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Fiscal Cliff

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Statement On The Fiscal Cliff

Screencap of the President speaking from the White House regarding the Fiscal Cliff, Dec 21st
White House YouTube.com

The President's remarks following the withdrawal of 'Plan B' after it was determined it didn't have enough support to pass onm the GOP House.

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12:12pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Planet Money

Episode 425: An FBI Hostage Negotiator Buys A Car

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 12:17 pm

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The fiscal cliff, for all its grand theater, really comes down to people in a room trying to come to an agreement. People doing whatever it takes to get what they want from the other side.

On today's show, three professional negotiators walk us through techniques that members of Congress may be using right now. They explain these techniques not with textbooks, but with examples from their everyday lives.

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11:27am

Fri December 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Boehner's Power Outage Dimming Obama's Options As Well

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 11:53 am

House Speaker John Boehner speaks at a press conference Friday on Capitol Hill.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The most important measure of power on Capitol Hill can be summed up with a question: "Do you have the votes?"

For House Speaker John Boehner, the answer once again appears to be "no." In a move that's hard to view as anything short of humiliating for the speaker, Boehner had to shelve his own "Plan B" fiscal-cliff-avoidance proposal Thursday evening after it became clear he couldn't get enough fellow Republicans to support it.

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