TIME Vol 181 No 1

24 Fiscal Cliff Hanger
What the last-minute deal revelas and why life on the fiscal edge is just beginning
Michael Grunwald

32 The Polio Scourge
AS the Taliban targets field workers in Pakistan, will eradicating polio become a casulat of war by Jeffrey Kluger

38 Dwindling Choice
Four decades after Roe v. Wade, pro-choice activists are losign the abortion debate by Kate Pickerts