By SUSAN DAVIS, DAVID JACKSON, RICHARD WOLF, and SUSAN PAGE, USA Today

This fiscal cliff: averted.

Next fiscal cliff: ahead.

Partisan divisions and brinksmanship politics defined the outgoing Congress right up to the final scramble to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” The last-ditch deal dodged income-tax hikes for nearly all Americans and delayed for two months spending cuts for the Pentagon and domestic programs.

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