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No Deal!

After meeting tonight for about an hour and a half, President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid once again failed to reach a deal on a budget for the rest of the year.

Obama took to the podium of the White House briefing room tonight – as he did about 24 hours ago after yesterday’s evening session – to say that difference have continued to narrow, but that he is still not ready to “express wild optimism.”

Here’s a bit from his briefing room remarks. No questions taken.

We made some progress today.  Those differences have been narrowed.  And so once again the staff is going to be working tonight around the clock in order to see if we can finally close a deal.

But there is still a few issues that are outstanding.  They’re difficult issues.  They’re important to both sides.  And so I’m not yet prepared to express wild optimism.  But I think we are further along today than we were yesterday.