Political Animal


December 31, 2012 12:58 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Unless there are developments on the fiscal front, I may curtail blogging a bit early today since it’s a semi-holiday for a lot of folks, as evidenced by the three college football bowls that will kick off during normal working hours. But there are a lot of high-calorie items on the news-cycle sideboard this mid-day, for those of you tuned in:

* With the entire economy supposedly teetering on the brink of the “fiscal cliff,” and no deal in ready sight, stock markets are reacting by going up modestly. May have more to say about that later.

* Sanjay Gupta speculates drugs being used to treat Secretary of State’s blood clots indicates they are likely not in or near the brain. If true, that’s very good news.

* Chait alarmed that Obama (perhaps to avoid being undercut by Senate Democrats) is making unnecessary concessions on taxes.

* Breaking: Obama to make comments on fiscal negotiations at 1:30 EST during pre-planned event with “middle-class Americans.” Doesn’t sound like announcement of deal.

* Georgetown law professor argues for moratorium on using Constitution as rationale for policy positions.

And in non-political news:

* What “fiscal cliff?” Big news lighting up Twitter is Kim/Kanye pregnancy announcement.

Back after the President’s “comments.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • H-Bob on December 31, 2012 4:33 PM:

    Kim/Kanye pregnancy announcement -- so the Mayans were 10 days off, which is not bad for a prediction made well over 600 years ago !

  • jpeckjr on December 31, 2012 9:44 PM:

    Isn't it just a little bit unethical for a medical doctor, even a celebrity one, to comment on a patient he or she is not actually treating? Especially since it did turn out the clot is in her head, between the skull and the brain, which I suppose makes him technically correct, but still.