Did you read about fiscal-cliff fiascos, Apatow-related writing, and a misguided "Merry Christmas"?

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Hey, did you read:

• About criticism from liberals that Obama caved once again on the fiscal deal? (Former labor secretary Robert Reich: "He's still the same President Obama who . . . seems willing to compromise on even the most basic principle.") Steve Bogira

• About eight corporate subsidies in the "fiscal cliff" bill, From Goldman Sachs to Disney to NASCAR? —John Dunlevy

• That just after "resolving" the "fiscal cliff" legislation, congressional Republicans adjourned without passing an emergency-relief bill for damage caused by Hurricane Sandy? Tal Rosenberg

• An evaluation of our progress since the Emancipation Proclamation? Tony Adler

• About how some Greeks, wiped out by the financial crisis, have adopted a local bartering system? Kate Schmidt

• That an awful lot of people spent the holidays with The Book of Mormon? Tony Adler

• Meghan Daum's appraisal, on the New Yorker blog, of Judd Apatow's This is 40? ("This isn't forty. It's more like fifty—for the one per cent.") Steve Bogira

• The oral history of Freaks and Geeks? Kevin Warwick

• That, in a somewhat flawed gesture of tolerance, Tunisia's state secretary for immigration wished his nation's Jews a merry Christmas? Tony Adler

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