FROM THE BLOGS:
Kill this deal
Tim Noah of The New Republic writes a letter to House and Senate Democrats saying President Obama has sold them out in "fiscal cliff" negotiations.
It's the spending, stupid
If the final fiscal-cliff deal raises revenues on anything but defense it should be widely rejected, The American Spectator's Quin Hillyer argues at the magazine's Spectacle blog.
Clinton's clot, Krauthammer's shame
A number of conservative pundits accused Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of faking a blood clot so she would not have to testify about a hearing on the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, notes Mark Kleiman at The Washington Monthly.
Reforming the Senate at snail's pace
Sarah Binder at The Monkey Cage writes that December has been a great month for observers of the Senate.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Biden, Senate nearing ‘cliff’ deal
Vice President Biden and Senate leaders are nearing a fiscal-cliff deal just ahead of the year-end deadline, reports The Hill's Alexander Bolton.
Huntsman says Republican Party is 'devoid of a soul'
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) described the Republican Party as "devoid of a soul" in a recent interview, writes The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe.