Maybe it was the sadness that consumed my heart when a third Kevin Clash accuser came forward or it could have been the nausea I felt from hearing the name, “Mr. Tickler;” no wait, I know what it was. It was Rihanna and Chris Brown’s tragic, yet enthralling love story that ain’t “Nobody’s Business” that stole my attention most of this week.

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However, with the looming fiscal cliff, Susan Rice’s need for self-defense and Florida’s ridiculous “Stand Your Ground” law, there’s enough stories on our cheat sheet that will keep you chatting at the water cooler almost all day today. Check them out below.

As always, you’re welcome.

1. No Progress With The Fiscal Cliff

The fiscal cliff has been a hot button topic since President Obama‘s second win. The Bush era tax cuts will be ending soon and billions in spending cuts have been agreed upon as part of the debt ceiling deal of 2011 will go into effect. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio said, “I’ve got to tell you that I’m disappointed in where we are and disappointed in what’s happened over the last couple of weeks. No substantive progress has been made in the talks between the White House and the House over the last two weeks.” According to Barron’s, over 1,000 government programs – including the defense budget and Medicare are in line for “deep, automatic cuts.” It seems that the powers that be only have three options with this fiscal cliff: they can let the current policy go into effect in 2013, they can cancel some or all of the scheduled tax increases and spending cuts or they could go in the middle and opt for an approach that would address the budget issues to a limited extent, but that would have a more modest impact on growth. Read the full story on USA Today.

2. Romney & Obama Have Lunch

I remember President Obama saying, during his presidential win that he would soon sit with Mitt Romney. That time has come and Romney finally made it into the White House. The lunch was a way for President Obama to reach out, olive branch in hand, and gain Romney’s Republican support at a time when he needs it the most. Between the looming fiscal cliff and a number of Republicans in the Senate, President Obama could use Romney to show his bipartisanship. Read the full story on Reuters.

3. Broke Hostess Wants To Give Out $1.8 Million In Bonuses

As a company, Hostess was self-destructing from the inside-out. Apparently, they didn’t invest in updating their products, they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy twice in a 10-year-span, the bakers union went on strike and they stopped contributing to its union pension plans. To add insult to, well, more insult, Hostess plans to give top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million. Read the entire story on Huffington Post.

4. No More “Stand Your Ground,” Please

17-year-old Florida high school student, Jordan Russell Davis lost his life at the hands of 45-year-old Michael David Dunn. Dunn approached Davis and his friends and told them to turn their music down. After an argument, Dunn drew a gun and shot eight times, striking Davis twice. Davis made it to the hospital, but died shortly after his arrival. Dunn is now claiming self-defense and like the infamous George Zimmerman, is depending on the ridiculously unfair “Stand Your Ground Law.” Read the full, painful story on The Root.

5. Black Women Stand Up For Susan Rice

We all know that President Obama stands tall behind U.S. Secretary Of State hopeful, Susan Rice while the GOP badgers her over Libya, attempting to keep her from the coveted position. However, it is now our turn, black women, to stand up for Susan Rice, even if it’s only because she’s a sister in the White House. Despite Rice’s qualification, impressive resume, support from the president and more, Republicans are being downright haters! Read the entire cruel and unusual hateration against Rice on The Grio.

6. Obama In Pee Pee On Ebay?

Conservative media personality, Gleen Beck sucks. But he’s taken his tonque-in-cheek actions too far this time. He attempted to sell a figurine of President Obama drowned in urine in a jar on Ebay. I can’t even write anymore on this vile story. Read the rest on Newsone.

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