Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the hoards of GOPers in DC breaking their tax pledge to Grover Norquist

• Actor Steven Weber (Wings, Jeffrey, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau to talk about his new play, “Lips Together Teeth Apart”

The White House is ramping up pressure on Republicans to make a deal that averts a trip over the “fiscal cliff.” The White House put out a report warning that Americans might pull back on spending in the face of a tax increase, threatening the economy.

• On the eve of a visit by Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, the White House promised Monday that President Obama “will be pressing for action” in Congress on comprehensive immigration reform and regards that goal as “achievable.”

UN Ambassador Susan Rice will be on Capitol Hill this week to meet with individual members of Congress to discuss the Benghazi attacks, aides on Capitol Hill confirm. She will come face-to-face with many Senators who have opposed her possible nomination to be the next Secretary of State.

New York state and New Jersey need at least $71.3 billion to recover from the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy and prevent similar damage from future storms, according to their latest estimates.