The "fiscal cliff" is the series of automatic US budget cuts and tax increases slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, unless lawmakers can strike a deal on the budget deficit before year's end. The deadline arose out of a deal to end a prolonged standoff over raising the United States debt ceiling in August 2011. Here is a look at the fiscal cliff, by the numbers.
Roomful of Teeth mesmerizes at MIT
Friday Roomful of Teeth came to MIT’s Kresge Auditorium to perform two premieres: Elena Ruehr’s a cappella opera “Cassandra in the Temples” and “Borderland: A Cantata for Ukraine,” by Christine Southworth and Evan Ziporyn.
Helping students with needs that extend outside the classroom
City Connects is based on the idea that a child distracted by pain, fear, or deprivation can’t possibly do as well in school as a child without those challenges.
Ahead of Ferguson decision, an education in nonviolence
As the nation awaits word on the fate of Darren Wilson, a Boston minister is teaching Missouri activists nonviolent tactics.
Charlie Baker taps Kristen Lepore for budget chief
Lepore, whose world spans both business and Beacon Hill, would be responsible for managing state coffers.
Tech firms say Obama’s immigration plan falters on visas
Boston companies said the president’s plan will not help a shortage of well-educated, technologically sophisticated workers.
Keystone XL fight sealed Mary Landrieu’s fate
The Democrat from Louisiana will be remembered for her failure; her colleagues for their lack of remorse.
Many can’t get beyond part-time positions
Even though they want full-time jobs, 7 million Americans are working part-time — 3 million more than in 2007.
Thanksgiving should change our outlook
This holiday has lifted up the importance not of bounty, much less privilege, but of attitude.
Young lawyers seek to shake up legal profession with mobile apps
A growing group of young, tech-savvy lawyers is dedicated to developing technology to deliver legal services more efficiently.
Suicide bomber kills at least 45 at tournament in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber detonated explosives in a crowd gathered for a volleyball tournament in a village in Eastern Afghanistan, officials said.
In 1st tour as senator, Elizabeth Warren visits Israel, Jordan
Warren is expected to meet with government officials, as well as military troops from Mass. serving in the region.
Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the region should prepare for the possibility of evacuation as up to 7 feet of snow began to melt.
Renewable energy starting to win on price
For the solar and wind industries in the US, it has been a long-held dream.
Chelsea Housing Authority sues to recover lost cash
The agency has filed a lawsuit to force its former director and others to help make up for allegedly misappropriating funds.
This is the team we’d hoped Patriots would be
The Patriots have passed the regular-season test and it looks like they are well on their way to the Super Bowl this season.
Cabinet backs bill promoting Israel’s Jewishness
The Israeli Cabinet approved draft legislation that emphasized Israel’s Jewish character above its democratic nature.
From Ruby Wax, a rapid-fire take on the need to slow down
In her new show, “Sane New World,” comedienne Ruby Wax is a woman on a mission.
Black authors in the ‘write white’ trap
Publishing seems desperate to keep ethnic writers neatly sealed in racial ziplock bags.
Sandwich beach erosion reveals centuries-old artifacts
The disappearing beaches have solved an old riddle, but also exposed a larger problem that has yet to be solved.
Comic artists in Egypt push limits of expression
A new feminist comic book, the Jewelry Box, has emerged in Egypt, the latest addition in a blossoming scene of alternative comics.