Evan Soltas on structural deficits
Reihan Salam at his National Review blog responds to a blog post by Evan Soltas on structural budget deficits. 

Joe Arpaio accepted award from neo-Confederate group
America's Toughest Sheriff accepted an award from a controversial Confederate heritage group, according to Salon.com's Alex Seitz-Wald.

No fix: The cliff dive is for keeps
Much of the likely "slow roll implementation" of sequestration is pure politics, argues the American Enterprise Institute's Mackenzie Eaglen.


Obama, leaders to meet at White House on Friday
President Obama will meet with the top Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate on Friday with just a few days left before the so-called fiscal cliff deadline, reports The Hill's Amie Parnes.

Politics, banking and congressional gridlock: A Q&A with Barney Frank
The American Banker's Rob Blackwell interviews outgoing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on a wide range of topics. In the interview Frank says Americans feel Congress is deeply mired in gridlock because of the Tea Party.