Opening Act: #Fail

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) (C) is surrounded by reporters after leaving a meeting with fellow members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or ‘Supercommittee,’ in the U.S. Capitol November 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. With the deadline just five days away, members of the supercommittee are meeting in a frantic effort to reach a deal. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is looking for a way to announce that it has nothing to announce. This is the story of the day – some microscopic chance exists that the committee figures something out, but more likely, we’re on a death watch for the Twelve to explain why they can’t use their powers to craft some compromise.

Classic Samuelson-ism: “The reason we cannot have a large budget deal is that Americans haven’t been prepared for one. The president hasn’t educated them.”

60 Minutes discovers Grover Norquist again, for the first time.

Weirdly, there’s an accusation of sexual abuse and it’s the second-weirdest part of the story.

The allegations against Kildee were reported by a self-described “investigative journalist” and blogger named Susan Bradford. Bradford is the author of a book claiming that Abramoff was set up by “a group of lobbyists, tribal dissidents, and the Washington Post” in order to make sure that “Abramoff and his conservative allies were removed from power.”

The George Will conflict of interest issue, answered.