Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon slow-jam the fiscal cliff. Oh, yeah.

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In what context is it acceptable to refer to “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams as Brilly Willy? Or Honey Bri Bri?

In the context of slow-jamming the news on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” that’s what. The “Rock Center with Brian Williams” host returned to the “Late Night” stage and along with The Roots, broke down a complicated news issue, R&B style.

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Fiscal cliff deal includes at least $67.9 billion for special interests

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Taxpayers aren’t the only ones who won’t be flying off the fiscal cliff — this year, at least. Add race cars, movies and asparagus to the list.

As part of their last-second deal to slam the brakes on an economy racing toward the so-called fiscal cliff, lawmakers gave the green light this week to extending dozens of business and industry tax breaks, like a cost-recovery program that will save the owners of “motorsports entertainment complexes” (that is, racetracks) about $70 million over the next two years.

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Unloved for so long, Congress not fazed by public’s disapproval

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Four months ago, the United States Congress had a gloomy approval rating of just 12 percent. And that was before most Americans had ever heard of a “fiscal cliff.” 

The last NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll to measure congressional approval (August), showed that a whopping 82 percent of Americans disapproved of the job Congress was doing, an all-time record for the history of the survey.

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No tax vote in House tonight; US poised to go over fiscal cliff

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The United States is set to go over the “fiscal cliff” at midnight, with House Republicans saying a series of unrelated votes Monday evening would be their last for the day. 

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Obama: Deal is ‘within sight,’ not yet complete

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President Barack Obama said that an agreement to prevent automatic tax hikes from taking effect is “within sight,” but not yet complete.

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Exclusive: Obama says GOP’s insistence on stopping tax hikes for rich halting deal

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In a Meet the Press interview, the president appears open to eliminating at least some of the scheduled automatic spending cuts if Republicans agree to tax increases for the wealthy.

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Boehner: ‘No progress’ toward resolving fiscal cliff

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, emerged Friday to say that “no progress” had been made on resolving the impending “fiscal cliff.”

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Geithner urges Republican leaders to offer ideas on averting fiscal cliff

President Barack Obama’s fiscal cliff negotiator, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, predicted on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that congressional Republicans will accept Obama’s plan to raise income tax rates and limit deductions on people making $200,000 and over. “I think we’re going to get there,” he told NBC’s David Gregory.

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