It was disappointing but not surprising that President Obama and congressional leaders made no progress on ending the government shutdown during their meeting at the White House Wednesday. Previous showdowns were resolved when top leaders worked out some sort of compromise. But the prospects of that happening anytime soon aren't good, the Washington Post reported. Under pressure from tea party conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has refused any direct negotiations with Obama. And Obama has made clear that he won't let GOP House members hold the government hostage as part of negotiations. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who previously worked out deals with Vice President Joe Biden, is worried about a primary challenge and wants to stay out of any direct negotiations.
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