We'll need to wait even longer for an agreement to be reached on the debt ceiling between the White House and Congress. After today's "constructive" meeting President Obama observed "people were frank" as they discussed compromises both parties would make in order to raise the debt ceiling. Congressional leadership and White House officials will continue hammering out "painful details" throughout the weekend and meet again on Sunday.
Just imagine sitting in the Cabinet Room today. Listening in on the possible fates of important entitlement programs and the national tax code. As we are all left guessing which provisions are on the table until a deal is formally announced, someone is imagining a sneaky critter with a watchful eye on the negotiations.
Since sneaky kitties do not have the ability to talk, our fly-on-the-ceiling perspective on the White House meeting will come from someone who officially participated in the debt talks today. Democratic Minority Whip of the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer, will join us tonight with the latest on the fractious discussions that will determine the solvency of the United States.