Senators are talking. The president is talking. But whether they are talking at or with each other is another question.
Will we see fireworks in the debt talks next week?
So far the White House and lawmakers have been cranky about the state of negotiations, but no one has actually drawn a firm line in the sand – still hoping for a compromise.
Some say impasse, some say abeyance.
But whatever they call it, debt negotiations between Vice President Joe Biden and lawmakers hit a brick wall.