December 5th, 2012
07:46 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The talk in Washington is all about the "fiscal cliff" and what the president and Congress need to do to avoid it.  Watch Live for continuing coverage of the fiscal cliff debate.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - ISS expedition briefings - NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency will announce a yearlong expedition by two crew members aboard the international space station beginning in 2015.  The crew members will speak out at 10:00 am ET.

9:30 am ET - Fiscal cliff crisis briefings - Lawmakers from both sides of Congress will be talking the fiscal cliff crisis all morning.  House Democrats will take the microphone first, followed by House Republicans at 10:00 am ET and Senate Democrats at 11:00 am ET.

10:30 am ET - Live Christmas nativity scene - Sheep, donkeys and camels in Washington?  Faith groups are bringing the animals as part of a live nativity scene to demonstrate that such displays are protected by the First Amendment.

10:50 am ET - Obama speaks with CEOs - The fiscal cliff crisis will likely dominate President Obama's remarks to CEOs at the Business Roundtable in Washington.

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - The fiscal cliff crisis and the situations in Egypt and Syria will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's briefing with the White House press corps. Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    George said to Fred, 'I put $20 on a horse last week and he came in at twenty five to one.',

    'Wow! you must be loaded', said Fred.

    'Not really' said George, 'the rest of the field came in at twelve thirty.

    December 5, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, Rawr.
      Slipped one through.

      December 5, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And, as usual, I'm being blocked again, Rawr.

      December 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Ed

      I think horse racing is no better than slavery.

      December 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
    A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
    From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits.
    This results in the democracy finally collapsing because of loose fiscal policy."-Alexander Tyler, 1887.

    December 5, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    Please this population has no balls so Washington will do whatever they want

    December 5, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    The fiscal cliff has always been there. It's just lately that state dependant Americans pushed US clear to the edge.
    Yes. Israel is also a state dependant of US.

    December 5, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    True. George Washington did do what he wanted after Revolutionary troops held US Congress at gunpoint until Washington was appointed as president. (washington was the 6th president, only 1st in that he was the first appointed by congress)
    Good point

    December 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |