Thursday in politics: ‘Fiscal cliff’ looms but all quiet on Washington front, and more

Phil Pruitt

And now it's 19 days before Washington drops off the "fiscal cliff," and, as many economists predict, takes the economy with it.

The White House and congressional calendars are very quiet Thursday in terms of scheduled, public talk about the fiscal cliff, which could mean things are getting done behind the scene. Or it could mean both sides are at a loss for how to find middle ground and strike a deal to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to trigger on the first two days of 2013.

Speaker of the House John Boehner said Wednesday there still are some "serious differences" between the White House and Republican proposals.

The one thing scheduled for Thursday: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's press conference. The focus is bound to be the fiscal cliff.

And then, in the spirit of the holiday season, there is this on the White House calendar: President Obama speaks this evening at a Hanukkah reception at the White House. First lady Michelle Obama also will attend.

Sources: Yahoo! News' The Ticket, Associated Press, ABC News