1. Fiscal Cliff

    Obama to Meet Congressional Leaders

    A shopper holds up a bottle of wine from a large selection at a Costco warehouse store Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in Seattle. The cavernous stores in Costco's home state lack something you can find in its warehouses in California, Alaska and dozens of other states: jumbo-sized bottle of Maker's Mark, Absolut vodka and other popular brands of hard liquor. Two ballot measures on the November ballot would largely sweep away the state's post-Prohibition restrictions on alcohol, and perhaps herald a broader push to bring booze into the big box stores in the roughly 20 states that still keep a tight lid on the hard stuff. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Elaine Thompson/AP

    When even Starbucks baristas can’t agree to get along, things are not looking good on the Hill. President Obama will meet with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday, communications director Dan Pfeiffer said Thursday. Obama will meet with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday shows that more Americans blame the Republicans for the crisis than the Democrats or the president. Meanwhile, Boehner said the House will return to its session on Sunday, one day before the fiscal-cliff deadline. Get your parachutes ready, folks…

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