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The panelists examine Obama's Republican “charm offensive” aimed at finding bipartisan solutions to the budget crisis. Also, with the stock market surge and positive job numbers, we look at the the unexpected boom following the spending cuts. Plus, the implications of Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster. Joining Gwen: Greg Ip, Economist; and Susan Davis, USA Today; and Charles Babington, AP.
In the webcast extra, we look at if the fiscal cliff could have sparked the economic recovery. We also preview next week's budget negotiations. Plus, we discuss the Caitlin Halligan filibuster that no one is talking about.