Report: Small biz still cautious about borrowing – Charlotte Observer

Vanguard Cuts Fees on 24 ETFs – Morningstar.com

McConnell Says He Called Biden to Try to ‘Jump Start’ Talks – Bloomberg

US Futures Pare Dec. 28 Drop, Oil Falls on Cliff Talks Impasse – Businessweek

How to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree – Patch.com

Carlyle, Others Agrees to Buy Duff & Phelps – Wall Street Journal

Egypt Pound Hits Record Low to Dollar After Central Bank Auction – Bloomberg

Egypt readies for backlash over austerity measures – Washington Post

AMR Pilot Board’s Vote Could Ease Path to Merger – Wall Street Journal

Agriculture Secy on gun control: This could be a unifying conversation and Lord … – CNN (blog)