I'm back at work, slightly more tanned and much more pessimisic than ever before. Later today I'll have a longer update on the progress of fiscal cliff deal-making and vote-taking. For now, you should know that reports of "Washington averting the cliff" were wildly exagerrated by people -- possibly alreading deep into the New Years Brut -- who forgot that the House of Representatives needs to vote on a final deal.
From 1 to 3, Republicans met to air their grievances over the deal being forced upon them. At 5:15, Republicans will meet again to get the latest from Boehner about the best possible deal, and take a quick vote (or a show of hands) to see how much support it has. The goal, according to two Republican members, is to get 218 votes. Of Republicans. When they couldn't get that many votes for "Plan B."
TODAY IN SLATE
Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case
The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race
How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada
You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney
Or at least trade it for something.
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An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.