Now Playing: 12-27-12 Marketplace Morning Report

The president is back in Washington today to deal with the fiscal cliff. A long-term deal is unlikely at this late date, but the hope is lawmakers can find a stopgap solution to prevent higher taxes and big spending cuts. How does the general public feel about the situation? Fresh numbers on new home sales come out later this morning. Lately they've risen to levels not seen since 2010. And in Baltimore, a holiday icon may shine no more.