The Fiscal Cliff, Susan Rice and Political Gamesmanship

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Despite threats from Grover Norquist, Republicans are backing away from their pledge of "no new taxes." But after days of optimistic pronouncements about avoiding the "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner today effectively said, "Not so fast." He dismissed the President's very public campaign to raise tax rates on high earners as a "victory lap" designed to avoid laying out spending cuts. Meantime, Senate Republicans are escalating their opposition to UN Ambassador Susan Rice as the next Secretary of State. Is there a hidden agenda?