With talks on avoiding the fiscal cliff still deadlocked, President Obama is launching a public relations offensive to rally public support for his call to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a deficit-reduction deal. Administration officials say Obama will hold a series of campaign-style events, including a visit to a suburban Philadelphia toy manufacturer on Friday, to win over ordinary Americans. Obama reportedly aims to increase pressure on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to compromise on a deficit-reduction agreement to prevent a series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are scheduled to begin on Jan. 1. Economists warn that allowing the fiscal cliff to hit would push the economy into another recession.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Watch out, China — America is working on dogfighting drones
- How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover revealed the worst of both shows
- Why the Chinese military is only a paper dragon
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- The troubling persistence of eugenicist thought in modern America
- Why America won't have enough money to battle ISIS
- Libertarianism's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
- 11 facts yü should know about the umlaut
Subscribe to the Week