Guide to the 'fiscal cliff': Hard or soft landing?

Saturday, December 29, 2012 | 5:06 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON — Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end "fiscal cliff" were still in disarray as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to confront the tax-and-spend crisis. A tone-setting quotation was Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's assertion that the House under Republican Speaker John Boehner had been "operating with a dictatorship."