Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the fiscal cliff we are quickly approaching

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about John Boehner and the negotiations for avoiding the fiscal cliff

Julie Bolcer, New York Correspondent for The Advocate Magazine, calls in at 11:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court taking up the Prop 8 and DOMA cases

President Barack Obama traveled Monday to Michigan to tout a new investment in domestic auto jobs, while using the opportunity to assail the state’s Republican lawmakers for pursuing “right to work” legislation.

Representatives from the White House and Speaker John Boehner’s office met Monday behind closed doors but no progress was reported on reaching a solution for avoiding the Fiscal Cliff, and President Barack Obama took his plan for avoiding the Fiscal Cliff on the road to Michigan.

• Republican Sen. John McCain has led the charge against potential secretary of state nominee Susan Rice—and now he wants a spot on the Senate committee that would question her if President Obama picks her to succeed Hillary Clinton.

• Former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, has suffered a recurrence of a lung infection, according to a government statement Tuesday. He’s in the hospital but the government says there’s no cause for alarm.