Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:05 pm
Actress Sally Field brings to life First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln on screen with the role she plays opposite Daniel Day Lewis in the biopic film Lincoln.
From NPR's New York bureau last week, Field spoke with guest host Jennifer Ludden on Talk of the Nation about her extensive preparation for the role as the 16th president's wife. Some of Field's homework included visiting Mary's home, gaining 25 pounds and using language of the era in text message exchanges with Lewis.
The White House and congressional leaders continue to talk about taxes, spending cuts and how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that arrives at midnight Dec. 31 — when Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire and automatic spending cuts are set to go into effect.
As NPR and others cover the story, we'll try to to point to interesting reports and analyses. Here are three of the latest.