The 'fiscal cliff' remains the hottest topic in Washington, although there are no publicly scheduled meetings Monday or press conferences on the topic. Still, the White House and Republicans are certain to be considering their next move in what increasingly looks like a classic Washington stalemate.
The fiscal cliff is the combination of tax increases and spending cuts that automatically goes into effect on the first two days of January. Economists have warned that the economy could be pushed back into recession if a deal is not reached.
More action, or at least more posturing, is certain this week. One thing that's on the agenda: President Barack Obama meets with a group of Democratic and Republican governors on Tuesday at the White House.
On the non-fiscal-cliff front, President Obama meets with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Monday at the White House, and he also will deliver remarks at the Department of Defense-hosted Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium. The theme of the symposium: "Partnering for a More Secure World."
And then there is this: The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is Tuesday, and the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is Thursday.