CNN Radio News Day: December 26, 2012
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December 26th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 26, 2012

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  • The president and senators return to work tomorrow, only days away from what could become a very serious situation. The event is known as the fiscal cliff.  Without action from Congress, come January 1st, taxes, unemployment checks, the economy and more are on the line. Talks are frozen, but CNN's Lisa Desjardins found some smart relief for the dilemma with a selection of new songs about the fiscal cliff:

"While it's a serious thing, it's almost comical in nature, because we knew this was coming since last summer. It's just really a deadline that was arbitrarily established and it's all sort of arbitrary," says songwriter Jeff Michaels. FULL POST

Fiscal cliff: the album
December 26th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Fiscal cliff: the album

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) – The Fiscal Cliff looms, a federal Frankenstein created by Congress. As lawmakers remain frozen, individual Americans are responding to the situation. In song.

They range from comical to cynical to practical. But the common denominator is sharp wit.

Mike Offutt, retired chemistry teacher and songwriter sings "you can't kick this can off the road. Especially if that road goes off a cliff."

Website designer and songwriter Jeff Michaels says "while its a very serious thing it's also comical because we've known about this since last summer."

Accountant (and songwriter) Todd Chappelle expressed voter frustration using an 80's anthem of teenage soul-searching, Night Ranger's Sister Christian. "Fiscal cliff you know the time has come. The first of January won't be very fun..."

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