1. END IN SIGHT?

    Sources: Reid Offers McConnell a Deal

    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18:  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speak during a ceremony to celebrate the life Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former South Africa President Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 95th birthday in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center July 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. July 18 is Nelson Mandela Day, during which people are asked to give 67 minutes of time to charity and service in their community to honor the 67 years Mandela gave to public service. Mandela was admitted to a South African hospital June 8 where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    With all eyes on the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid has apparently offered Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a deal—privately. The proposed deal will extend the debt ceiling through next year and keep the government open through mid-December (wait, does this mean we will all have to live through this again in two months?!), sources told Politico on Monday. The proposed deal would also set up larger budget negotiations with the House over the automatic spending cuts in the sequester. (Seriously, who knew Democrats still cared about that one?) And apparently Senate Democrats are open to some wiggle room on some distinct parts of Obamacare. But don't get your hopes up too fast: Sen. John McCain said after the meeting that a deal is unlikely Monday.

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