Cliff Notes: Can America Avert Another Economic Crisis?

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  • The Sit Down
  • Stalemate
  • Home Alone
  • Times a' Ticking
  • Plan Big Fail
  • How Large Would the Tax Increases Be?
  • What Does This Mean to My Wallet?
  • Will Other Taxes Rise?
  • What Kinds of Spending Cuts Will Be Made?
  • How Will Cuts Impact Entitlement Programs?
  • Are Any Programs Exempt From Automatic Cuts?
  • What Will Be the Impact on the Economy?
  • Why Won't Lawmakers Just Make a Deal?
  • What Happens If There's No Deal by Dec. 31?
  • Blame Game
  • What Is a Fiscal Cliff?
  • How Did We Get Here?

Home Alone

President Obama cut short his annual Christmas vacation in Hawaii to return to Washington Dec. 27 to resume negotiations. The Senate also returned to session that day. House lawmakers will reconvene on Dec. 30, and are preparing to work through Jan. 2.

(Photo: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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