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6:34am

Fri December 21, 2012

6:30am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Everybody Over The Cliff?

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 7:25 am

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday in the Capitol.
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House Speaker John Boehner's "major defeat" Thursday night — when he had to pull his "Plan B" to extend Bush-era tax cuts for nearly all American taxpayers because he couldn't get enough support from his fellow Republicans — means negotiations about avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff remain at an impasse.

So now what?

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5:58am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

#MomentForSandyHook In Memory Of Newtown Victims

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 7:38 am

Stuffed animals and flowers at a makeshift memorial near the entrance to the grounds of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Update at 9:36 a.m. ET: In Newtown and across the nation, bells rang starting at 9:30 a.m. ET, to honor the 20 children and six adults killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. And on the Web, it appears many did take part in #MomentForSandyHook — judging from the sharp slowdown in our Twitter feed.

Our original post:

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5:21am

Fri December 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Holiday Lights Flip Neighbors 'The Bird'

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 9:16 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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5:14am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Apocalypse Not? Seems Like It

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 7:24 am

This morning on a beach in Brazil, some celebrated summer's first day — and the news that the world didn't end.
Antonio Scorza AFP/Getty Images

So, it looks like all that talk about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world coming today was just ... talk.

But the fun continues. NASA's Voyager 2 Twitter feed, for instance, has this:

"END MAYACAL BTUN 12.19.19.17.19 SHUTDOWN:UNIV(12) BEGIN BTUN 13.0.0.0.0 BOOT:UNIV(13)."

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