President Obama hitting the road to sell his plan for avoiding the fiscal cliff, as legislators work towards some kind of deal. The President treating it like it's a continuation of the presidential campaign including events today at the White House with middle class Americans, and a road trip to sell his ideas directly to Americans. The President also meets today with CEO's at the White House. Meantime, the GOP seems to be sticking to its guns on not raising tax rates for the wealthy and DEMS are demanding no touching of entitlements and now talking about permanently raising the debt ceiling.
All this going on as a HUGE fight shaping up in the Senate over possibly changing the rules on filibusters. This would likely spark a major battle and could poison the well in the Senate.
1135EST -- POTUS delivers remarks at an event at the White House with "middle class Americans who would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts." South Court Auditorium. LIVE
...1230EST -- Press Briefing by Press Secy Jay Carney. LIVE
Meantime, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice continues a charm offensive on Capitol Hill. She may be trying to build support for a nomination as Secretary of State. Yesterday's meetings with Senators McCain, Ayotte and Graham didn't go so well.
0945EST -- Sen Collins meets with Amb Rice on Benghazi. LIVE STAKEOUT via LiveU
1000EST -- Sen Lieberman hosts discussion on homeland security challenges for the future at The Center for Strategic & International Studies Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program. STREAMING LIVE
1100EST -- Sen Corker meets with Amb Rice on Benghazi. LIVE STAKEOUT via LiveU
New home sales come out at 10am. There was some better-than-expected numbers yesterday. We'll keep an eye on the markets.
Speaking of money... Powerball up to $500M as we reported yesterday. Rick Leventhal covering the madness today.
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians turned out to protest against Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi.. Steve Harrigan reporting.
Twin car bombings in Damascus, Syria have killed at least 34 people as war continues to ravage the dictatorship.