As the deadline looms for a series of tax increases and spending cuts, we examine some of the history of the so-called "fiscal cliff" as well as the source of conflict in negotiations and the effects the changes will have on the overall federal budget and you.
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Why are we here?
Putting the fiscal changes in perspective
The hard task of making cuts
Effects: An overview of changes that will happen if Congress misses the Jan. 1 deadline
Effects: How missing the deadline will change jobless benefits
What Americans think