WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of intense partisanship, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders made a last-minute stab at compromise Saturday night to avoid a government default threatened for early next week.

“There are many elements to be finalized…there is still a distance to go,” Majority Leader Harry Reid cautioned in dramatic late-night remarks on the Senate floor.

No-one is actually announcing that a deal is done, but then again, no-one is saying that they haven’t. To date, when mo deal, everyone has been pretty vocal about it, so I’m guessing yes, and they are just finalising various points, to sell it to the taxpayer, who suitably conditioned, will by now accept almost anything.

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