Surprise! The economy did fine despite the fiscal cliff talks.

Maybe the economy can withstand Washington's fiscal brinksmanship, after all.

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Inaugural balls give Obama fans chance to party

(Lucian Perkins / FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

In an age of austerity, the official inaugural balls may be more reserved, but there’s no slumming.

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Defense plans precautionary cutbacks

(Evan Vucci / AP)

Steps to trim spending are set for the possibility that Congress will fail to reach a deal to avert additional cuts.

Arlington’s Jarrod Nagurka helped Congress, country avoid fiscal cliff as Senate page

(Doug Mills / Courtesy Jarrod Nagurka)

Jarrod Nagurka, 19, worked over holiday break, lauded by Harry Reid

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A tax deal only the ultra-rich could love

(Tom Toles)

It unfairly penalizes most American workers.

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Mitch McConnell challenges President to lead on debt

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) discusses the "fiscal cliff" and upcoming budget battles, and challenges the President to lead on cutting the debt and deficit.

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At ‘Downton Abbey,’ braving the fiscal cliff

(Nick Briggs / CARNIVAL FILM & TELEVISION LIMITED 2012 FOR MASTERPIECE)

Season 3 improves with a wedding and Shirley MacLaine, but bad news looms for the Crawleys.

The December jobs report proves the fiscal cliff deal a farce

The December jobs report is a reminder that if you knew anything about the economy, the economic policy you'd design wouldn't look even the slightest bit like the fiscal cliff deal.

The world is becoming less scary, in four charts

The crisis — at least the sense of dread the world could fall into the economic abyss — is over.

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Economy ended year on high note

(Alan Diaz / AP)

Data released Thursday show that, despite the “fiscal cliff,” businesses hired and consumers spent.