Obama will return Wednesday to D.C. to tackle fiscal cliff
December 25th, 2012
09:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama will return Wednesday to D.C. to tackle fiscal cliff

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is ending his Hawaiian vacation Wednesday to make a late-hour bid to reach a fiscal-cliff deal before the year ends.

He will leave Honolulu Wednesday night and should be back in Washington on Thursday, the White House said. First lady Michelle Obama and their daughters will remain in Hawaii.

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Filed under: President Obama
December 25th, 2012
02:34 PM ET
1 year ago

Washington D.C. police investigating whether NBC moderator violated law

Washington (CNN) - Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether NBC's David Gregory violated D.C. gun laws when he displayed what he described as a 30 round magazine as part of an interview during Sunday's "Meet the Press."

A spokeswoman for the department said Wednesday that a representative for NBC inquired ahead of the broadcast about using the high-capacity magazine, which Gregory displayed while interviewing the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.
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Filed under: Gun rights • NRA
December 25th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
1 year ago

Fiscal cliff bill could come down to wire

Honolulu (CNN) – Though the U.S. Senate is slated to reconvene Thursday, Democrats in the chamber are considering delaying the roll out of their bill to avert the year-end fiscal cliff within just a couple days of the new year, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.

The move is part of an effort to gain some Republican backing for a bill, but also to run out the clock and increase pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to take up the bill and House Republicans to support it.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
Bipartisan Christmas greetings from around the country
December 25th, 2012
10:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Bipartisan Christmas greetings from around the country

(CNN) - Governors, senators, members of Congress, and other political figures took to social media with Christmas greetings and to share their plans for the holiday.

Largely absent from their postings was politics, such as the views many have posted recently on the fiscal cliff, gun legislation and the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

See a selection of the postings below the jump.
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Filed under: President Obama • Rick Perry
Financial planners: How to survive fiscal cliff
December 25th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Financial planners: How to survive fiscal cliff

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – As Congress struggles to avert the fiscal cliff and its tax increases, financial planners are being peppered with questions from confused, worried or angry clients.

Their advice: Prepare for the worst but don't panic.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 25, 2012
December 25th, 2012
05:25 AM ET
1 year ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: CNN Poll: Should U.S. get directly involved in Syrian conflict?
Most Americans are concerned about the bloody civil war raging in Syria, but according to a new national survey a majority of the public opposes direct U.S. involvement in the fighting.

CNN: Kennedy passes on Senate run
After giving it serious consideration, Ted Kennedy Jr. has decided not to run for Massachusetts’ soon-to-be open seat in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy is the son of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, and had been urged by friends and some Democratic leaders to run for Sen. John Kerry's seat. President Barack Obama nominated Kerry on Friday to serve as his next secretary of state.

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