Dec 5, 2012 — If Congress fails to reach an agreement on tax increases and spending cuts this year, it will mean sharp reductions in a broad swath of federal spending, from defense and Medicare to education and unemployment benefits. Economists say the cuts would be a serious setback for the economy as a whole.
Dec 4, 2012 — Talks continue about how to avoid automatic spending cuts and expiration of Bush-era tax reductions. If you're trying to keep up on what's going on, here are three more stories you should consider (we won't presume say they're "must reads). Also, two "bonus tracks."