As shutdown week two approaches, four subtle signs of a possible deal

By Evan M Migdail and Steven R Phillips

Congressional sources indicate that a deal might not come together politically until very close to the 17–18 October deadline at which Treasury secretary Jack Lew has warned Congress that, absent of additional borrowing authority, the US could default on some of its obligations.

There are indications that House Republicans may be prepared to drop their insistence that any deal involve major changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among the signs that support for this demand may be dropping is an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by House Budget committee chairman Paul Ryan in which he sets up conditions for a deal but does not include the ACA.

Various presidential spokespersons have indicated that the White House might accept short-term extensions of the debt ceiling and the continuing resolution to fund the government, potentially allowing all sides in this dispute to buy some time for further discussions…

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