It looks like the rich, and everybody else, are on track to keep their tax cuts for now.
So, it follows that liberals are furious with President Obama for negotiating away a major campaign promise to rescind Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthy, and Republicans are crowing about the prospects of a big win.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday, where he is trying to get a handle on how the war is going ahead of a release later this month of an annual review of the Obama administration's strategy.
The vaccine that prevents 70 percent of cervical cancers got the thumbs up under the health overhaul law as one of the preventive benefits that must be provided free to girls and young women between the ages 9 and 26.
Boys and young men, however, don't get the same free coverage under the law, even though the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is also approved for the prevention of genital warts in males.
Will the tax cut compromise proposed by President Obama be enough to bring the economy out of the doldrums? Economists have mixed opinions.
Liberal economists are concerned that the package, which would require congressional approval, will provide only a limited boost to the economy, at a substantial cost. Conservatives believe that extending current tax rates for two years offers less benefit than a permanent reduction would have done.
Yet most economists seem to agree that failing to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts would have harmful effects in the coming year.
Jim Lauderdale is an established name in Nashville, where he's written hits for several A-list musicians. But despite 19 studio albums and two Grammy Awards, he's not as well-known outside Americana and bluegrass circles. Lauderdale "never got the lucky breaks that shoot one performer to the top while hundreds of equal or greater merit slog around playing bars, releasing streetwise records that provide songs for others to cover," said friend, collaborator and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.