On Deadline

11:35 a.m. E.T.

Listening to the public statements of the key aides and electeds, and watching the public and private body language, it appears that no one in either party has any urgency about solving the fiscal cliff by Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

Even under these unique circumstances of the huge tax increases and spending cuts that loom, one of the central natural laws of Washington hasn’t been repealed: nothing gets done by Congress until the absolute last moment it must be done.

As of this writing, the Beltway sees “must” as January, not December.

Related Topics: Barack Obama, John Boehner, Analysis, Congress, Democratic Party, Economy, House, Republican Party, Senate, Taxes, The Page, White House

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