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President Obama says fiscal cliff deal is ‘within sight’

President Barack Obama made a statement regarding the nearing “fiscal cliff,” saying that a deal is “within sight.” Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Dec. 31. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Dem rep.: Republicans questioning Clinton concussion think moon landing was staged too

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) says that the Republicans who hyped a conspiracy theory that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faked her concussion to avoid testifying about September attacks in Benghazi were the “same people who said that the moon landing was staged in a Hollywood set.” MSNBC host Richard Lui…

Lighter side: Happy football fan tackles Christmas tree

That’s one way to take down the Christmas tree. Saying, “We do a lot of dumb things when we’re happy,” WRC-TV posted video of a jubilant Washington Redskins fan on Monday, celebrating his team’s win over the rival Dallas Cowboys by jumping headlong into the tree Sunday night. According to…

Charlie Sheen blames ‘lisp’ after calling audience ‘f*ggot a**holes’

Actor Charlie Sheen is offering a non-apology apology for a homophobic slur he recently hurled at night club customers and is blaming the entire incident on his “lisp.” At this opening of his new night bar, The Goose, in the Mexican resort area of Los Cabos over the weekend, TMZ…

Sen. Barrasso: Obama is the one obstructing fiscal cliff talks

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) on Monday lashed out at President Barack Obama for “slowing down” negotiations and preventing Congress from reaching a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. “What we ought to do is put a bill on the Senate floor and let people actually offer amendments and vote…

Norquist: Fiscal cliff deal will cut taxes instead of raising them

Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist on Monday insisted that Republicans in Congress would hold the debt ceiling hostage to ensure that there would be no tax increases on even the wealthiest Americans as part of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. During an interview with the founder of Americans…

Steve Kornacki: ‘A lot of the speculation now’ says sequestration cuts will stand

Chair of the House Progressive Caucus Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and guest host Steve Kornacki discussed sequestration, John Boehner’s House speakership, and what exactly drives the lack of compromise on Capitol Hill on UP with Chris Hayes Dec. 30. Kornacki said there were “conflicting reports” regarding whether sequestration would be…

Mexico City launches trash-for-food program

Mexico City creates over 12,000 metric tons of garbage daily. But the city’s government is combating the mountains of trash with a program that allows residents to exchange recyclables for healthy food. People receive points for recyclable materials, which can be redeemed at an on-site market that sells local produce…

Sen. Mitch McConnell: ‘I need a dance partner’ to solve fiscal cliff

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ended a speech with a unique metaphor on Sunday, as he lamented the fact that his office sent in a fiscal cliff offer Saturday evening in an attempt to avoid the end of the Bush tax cuts. By 2 p.m. Sunday, he claims, he…

Harris-Perry holds ‘Was that racist?’ lightning round

Melissa Harris-Perry held a “Was that racist?” lightning round on her show with a panel of comedians, in a look back at some of the more questionable moments of 2012. The panelists started with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who said in January that she “felt a little bit threatened” in…

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