9:14am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Boehner: 'We'll Continue To Work' On Avoiding Fiscal Cliff

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

On this morning after he couldn't get fellow Republicans to support his "Plan B" for avoiding the year end "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts, House Speaker John Boehner took some questions from reporters.

We listened in and posted updates. Hit your "refresh" button to see our latest additions:

-- Update at 10:12 a.m. ET. House Will Come Back "If We're Needed":

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8:45am

Fri December 21, 2012
Shots - Health News

Phew! You Survived The Mayan Apocalypse. Now What?

Photographer David Blackwell and his wife prepared for the apocalypse. Cats and cat food? Check. Toilet paper? Check. Exploding volcanoes and hurtling asteroids? Not so much.
David Blackwell Flickr

Good morning! If you can read this, then we offer our congratulations on surviving the Mayan Apocalypse!

You've evidently made it through the initial cataclysm caused by the collision of Earth with an unknown comet, a massive solar storm, a burst of radiation from the center of the galaxy, the mysterious Planet X (aka Nibiru), or some other catastrophe that scientists assured us wouldn't happen.

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8:41am

Fri December 21, 2012
U.S.

A Moment Of Silence To Remember Newtown Victims

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 10:16 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It is raining in Newtown, Connecticut, where people observed a moment of silence seven days to the minute after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. NPR's Kirk Siegler is in Newtown; he's on the line. And Kirk, what do you see this morning?

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8:28am

Fri December 21, 2012
Shootings In Newtown, Conn.

The NRA Isn't The Only Opponent Of Gun Control

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 12:20 pm

Entering into the discussion about how to respond to last week's school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association on Friday called for putting "qualified armed security" in all schools.

It's a message that echoes calls from some state lawmakers and other gun groups that haven't been as silent as the NRA over the past week.

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7:53am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Spending, Orders For Durable Goods Rose In November

Shoppers at a K-B Toy store in northern Virginia last month.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

There are two positive economic signals to pass along this morning:

-- The Census Bureau says orders for durable goods rose 0.7 percent in November from October. That follows a 1.1 percent rise in October from September and is the sixth increase in the past seven months.

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7:35am

Fri December 21, 2012
Commentary

Gary Borders: On Christmas memories and compromised Santas

Credit O. Rufus Lovett

On the Friday before Christmas, commentator Gary Borders joins us to reflect on his memories of Christmas’ past and present. He also introduces us to the offbeat Santa-themed photos of Kilgore College photography instructor O. Rufus Lovett.

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7:30am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Everybody Over The Cliff?

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 8:25 am

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday in the Capitol.
Alex Wong Getty Images

House Speaker John Boehner's "major defeat" Thursday night — when he had to pull his "Plan B" to extend Bush-era tax cuts for nearly all American taxpayers because he couldn't get enough support from his fellow Republicans — means negotiations about avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff remain at an impasse.

So now what?

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6:58am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

#MomentForSandyHook In Memory Of Newtown Victims

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 8:38 am

Stuffed animals and flowers at a makeshift memorial near the entrance to the grounds of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Update at 9:36 a.m. ET: In Newtown and across the nation, bells rang starting at 9:30 a.m. ET, to honor the 20 children and six adults killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. And on the Web, it appears many did take part in #MomentForSandyHook — judging from the sharp slowdown in our Twitter feed.

Our original post:

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6:26am

Fri December 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Seattle House Is Too Small For Christmas Tree

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 10:16 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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6:21am

Fri December 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Holiday Lights Flip Neighbors 'The Bird'

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 10:16 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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