Unless there are developments on the fiscal front, I may curtail blogging a bit early today since it’s a semi-holiday for a lot of folks, as evidenced by the three college football bowls that will kick off during normal working hours. But there are a lot of high-calorie items on the news-cycle sideboard this mid-day, for those of you tuned in:

* With the entire economy supposedly teetering on the brink of the “fiscal cliff,” and no deal in ready sight, stock markets are reacting by going up modestly. May have more to say about that later.

* Sanjay Gupta speculates drugs being used to treat Secretary of State’s blood clots indicates they are likely not in or near the brain. If true, that’s very good news.

* Chait alarmed that Obama (perhaps to avoid being undercut by Senate Democrats) is making unnecessary concessions on taxes.

* Breaking: Obama to make comments on fiscal negotiations at 1:30 EST during pre-planned event with “middle-class Americans.” Doesn’t sound like announcement of deal.

* Georgetown law professor argues for moratorium on using Constitution as rationale for policy positions.

And in non-political news:

* What “fiscal cliff?” Big news lighting up Twitter is Kim/Kanye pregnancy announcement.

Back after the President’s “comments.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.