Federal Politics

Published — December 5, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Resources for understanding the fiscal cliff

Introduction

If Congress and President Obama fail to reach an agreement by Dec. 31, a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts will occurr. How did we get here, what are some possible solutions and what will happen if a deal is not met? The links below are resources for understanding the situation.

WHAT IS THE FISCAL CLIFF?

The Guardian: The fiscal cliff explained: what to know about the biggest story in Washington

The New York Times: The ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Explained

CNN: Same players, same disputes in fiscal cliff debate

Demonocracy: Fiscal Cliff Explained in 3D infographics

WHY DO THEY CALL IT A ‘CLIFF’?

Simon Johnson: America’s Fiscal Cliff Dwellers

NPR: A Sequester Is A ‘Jelly-Like Mass,’ And Other Notes On Fiscal-Cliff Jargon

WHAT COULD THIS COST ME?

Paycheckcity.com: Will your paycheck fall off the fiscal cliff?

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT?

The Washington Post: ‘Fiscal cliff’ debate: Who are the key players?

Business Insider: Who Is Grover Norquist And What Is His Pledge?

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT SPENDING?

The Center for Public Integrity: Major fight looms over defense spending

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