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Congress: 'Impasse'

“Despite the dire consequences Congress appeared to be in all too familiar territory — deadlocked,” the New York Daily News writes, quoting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from a floor speech: “We remain at an impasse.”

More: “The red line separating Democrats and Republicans was President Obama’s insistence any deal must allow for the year-end expiration of Bush-era tax cuts on Americans making $250,000 or more. GOPers have refused to hike taxes on the top earners, but are open to increasing revenue by capping tax deductions and closing loopholes.”

“Anyone interested in avoiding a tumble over the fiscal cliff at the end of the year - and that includes everyone from Wall Street stock traders to Main Street businessmen concerned about a double-dip recession - may want to take note of the news out of Washington the past few days,” the Boston Globe’s Johnson writes. “It didn’t come from negotiation principals like President Obama or House Speaker John Boehner, but rather rank-and-file members of Congress. Members of both the House and Senate said simply that the Emperor has no clothes on. And that emperor is Grover Norquist.”

The AP: “It’s quite an about-face for senior members of a party that long has stood firmly against almost any notion of tax increases. And while GOP leaders insist they still don’t want to see taxes go up, the reality of a nation in a debt crisis is forcing some to moderate their opposition to any movement on how much Americans pay to fund their government.”

“A British newspaper is reporting that police in New York are investigating how confidential records - including information about a Mitt Romney motorcade route - ended up in confetti that showered down on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade,” the Boston Globe writes.

Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) says he has no plans to step down from Congress despite revelations of multiple affairs and urging a former sexual partner to get an abortion. He told the Knoxville News Sentinel last week: "I am human. I don't think I ever put myself out there to be somebody that was perfect. I put myself out there as somebody who wanted to serve the public… "I will serve as long as the people want me to serve."