Boehner abandons ‘Plan B’ to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’: “House Speaker John A. Boehner threw efforts to avoid the year-end “fiscal cliff” into chaos late Thursday, as he abruptly shuttered the House for the holidays after failing to win support from his fellow Republicans for a plan to let tax rates rise for millionaires. The proposal — Boehner’s alternative to negotiating a broader package with President Obama — would have protected the vast majority of Americans from significant tax increases set to take effect next year. (Washington Post)

John Boehner swings and misses on ‘Plan B.’ (Washington Post)

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How Boehner’s ‘Plan B’ for the ‘fiscal cliff’ began and fell apart: “John A. Boehner’s week on the brink ended in a painfully familiar place. It began last week when President Obama delivered a stern message to the House speaker: If there was going to be a deal to tame the nation’s debt, it had to happen now. If they went over the “fiscal cliff,” it would only become harder to reach a deal, Obama said. The next day, Friday, Boehner (R-Ohio) phoned Obama offering what seemed like a major breakthrough: Republicans would agree to raise tax rates for the first time in decades if the president gave a key concession on entitlement reform. That offer set in motion seven days of dealmaking, posturing and cajoling by Boehner and other House leaders, first on a grand deal with the White House and then on a Plan B with their own House caucus. By Thursday night, both deals had fallen apart, and Boehner was near tears in announcing the failure to his colleagues, Republicans said.” (Washington Post)

Making a ‘B’ line to the cliff: “Blame John Boehner. Feel sorry for Boehner, sure — he is a decent man, a willing dealmaker overseeing an unruly caucus, and I’m being kind with that adjective. But blame him, too. If — and, as is looking increasingly likely, when — the country hurtles over the “fiscal cliff,” it will be in part because the House speaker abruptly decided to upend negotiations with the White House.” (Washington Post)

Paul Ryan claims House GOP’s latest fiscal cliff scheme doesn’t include ‘a single tax increase.’ (Think Progress)

AEI’ Jonah Goldberg: The tired race card. (National Review)

Hoover’s Fouad Ajami: U.S. left Syrian children to the devil. (Bloomberg)  

Heritage’s Peter Brookes: Korean contrasts starker than ever. (New York Post)