As we enter the third week of this budget crisis, there are some pretty encouraging signs that a deal may be struck that would both reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling - but what a tortuous process this has been.
Congressional leaders were expected to meet the President just a couple of hours ago and that meeting has been postponed indefinitely.
Even if a deal is struck, we're only talking about a temporary deal here, about the government being open for another three month and for the debt ceiling to be raised for another four months while more longer-term negotiations go on.
We're talking a ceasefire here not a peace treaty.
More top news
The helicopter, which the royal was not in at the time, avoided a potentially deadly mid-air crash.
The shots on a bus sparked a major security scare as weekend tourists in some of the world's most famous casinos were told to bunker down.
The Ukip leader confirmed he had "no prior warning" of Douglas Carswell's resignation from the party as he hit out at the "staunch Tory".