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  • Why States May Want to Fall Off the 'Fiscal Cliff' Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | 3:23 PM ET
    Scene from James Bond Dr. No

    Falling off the "fiscal cliff" is a bad thing, right? Not necessarily. Some states could begin collecting more in estate taxes.

  • Over the Fiscal Cliff: What Kind of Landing? Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    Why is it so hard for Republicans and Democrats to compromise on urgent matters of taxes and spending? What will happen if they fail to meet their Jan. 1 deadline? Here's a look.

  • Obama Returning for Last-Ditch 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012 | 11:15 PM ET

    Congress waited for President Barack Obama to return from Hawaii and make one final attempt to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

  • Obamacare Tax Hikes May Just Be Getting Started Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012 | 3:20 PM ET

    It's hard to see how lawmakers can avoid touching health insurance if they want to eliminate loopholes and curtail deductions so as to raise revenue and lower tax rates.

  • What Issues Obama May Tackle in Second Term Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 12:36 PM ET
    President Obama  speaks Dec. 6, 2012, while visiting a home in northern Virginia to discuss his plan to extend tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans.

    As President Obama approaches his second term, he'll have to confront tough and shifting challenges that will play big roles in shaping the rest of his presidency and his place in history.

  • Here's How a 'Cliff' Dive Will Affect Your Taxes Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    Workers probably won't feel the full brunt of next year's tax increases in their January paychecks, but don't be fooled.

  • What a Social Security Fix Will Probably Look Like Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    Experts say there are ways to fix Social Security. Politicians just may not like trying to sell those changes to the American people. NBCNews reports.

  • Is There a 'Plan C' for the 'Fiscal Cliff'? Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 9:43 AM ET

    Fiscal cliff: Many "Plan C's" are floating around, but President Barack Obama outlined the only real deal that is on the table — raise taxes on the top two percent, and restore the Bush-era tax cuts for the rest.

  • Top U.S. lawmakers voiced rising fear on Sunday that the country would go over "the fiscal cliff" in nine days, and some Republicans charged that was President Barack Obama's goal.

  • Stop-Gap Fix Most Likely Outcome of US Fiscal Talks Sunday, 23 Dec 2012 | 6:07 AM ET
    Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, R-OH, speaks to the press December 18, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    Last month's dreams of a "grand bargain" of tax hikes and spending cuts seem long gone and a stop-gap that puts everything off for a while but resolves nothing is now the most promising alternative.

  • Obama: 'I Still Think We Can Get This Done' Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 6:16 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama, trying to break the stalemate over the fiscal crisis, challenged Republicans on Friday to agree to a quick deal to prevent a tax increase for all but the wealthiest Americans and the expiration of long-term unemployment benefits.

  • Seven Ways the 'Fiscal Cliff' Crisis Could End Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 2:19 PM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama and Sen. Harry Reid.

    Now what? With the "fiscal cliff" talks stalemated and the deadline days away, where do Obama and Congress go from here? Here are some possible scenarios.

  • NRA’s LaPierre Calls for Cops in Schools Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 11:34 AM ET
    A demonstrator from CodePink holds up a banner as National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre delivers remarks during a news conference.

    The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday, a week after the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school, proposing to put police officers in the nation's schools to prevent mass shootings.

  • Boehner Needs to Stop Partisan Approach: Hoyer Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 9:41 AM ET
    Rep. Steny Hoyer

    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told CNBC on Friday that Speaker John Boehner has to realize that he can't pursue partisan solutions.

  • Boehner Abruptly Scraps 'Plan B' Vote in Setback Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 9:57 PM ET
    U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner

    Facing a GOP revolt, House Speaker John Boehner abruptly canceled a vote Thursday night on a plan to raise taxes for the wealthy, bringing the country closer to a plunge down the "fiscal cliff."

  • Why 'Plan B' Would Actually Raise Taxes on Low Earners Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 1:05 PM ET
    John Boehner

    One in five of Americans earning less than $20,000 a year would see a tax hike of $1,070, since Boehner's bill would eliminate deductions for low earners.

  • 'Fiscal Cliff' Impasse: Can a Deal Still Get Done? Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 12:50 PM ET

    With negotiations on a "fiscal cliff" deal at an impasse, Democrats and Republicans have turned toward sending political messages just before the Christmas holidays.

  • Medicare Premium Increase Plan Redefines 'Well-Off' Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 9:45 AM ET

    Income-based premium hikes are likely part of any budget deal, and would eventually affect one in four retirees.

  • Boehner Challenges Obama With 'Plan B' Showdown Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 4:55 PM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, D-OH, speaks on the 'fiscal cliff' during press conference December 19, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    House Speaker John Boehner pressed his backup tax plan Wednesday despite a White House veto threat, saying it will be approved Thursday by the GOP-controlled House.

  • CNBC's Steve Liesman takes you inside the spending proposals from both sides in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations and finds that the numbers don't add up.

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