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Fiscal Cliff (2013)

GOP eyes audacious escape plan from policy gridlock this fall

Even by the standards of today's Capitol, where doing important business at or after the last possible moment is the default setting, an exceptionally long and disparate roster of battles and deadlines lies ahead this fall. Far from conceding they'll be strategically paralyzed by the welter of polarizing conflict, however, senior Republicans increasingly boast how the situation after Labor Day creates an ideal venue for a big accomplishment by Christmas. This may prove to be only the naive optimism inherent in the onset of an especially long August recess. But the party that won control of Congress a year ago with a promise to end the era of shutdown showmanship and fiscal...