President Obama's meetings with members of congress have yet to break through with a deal for the current budget, but after a week of meetings with both Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, the outreach seems to suggest the cold partisanship in Washington may be thawing.
There was less talking in public this week, but at least they seem to be talking privately. And talking privately is the only way things get done sometimes.
Conversations between both sides is a sign of progress. They were about as low as they could get on their negotiations a week ago, they've at least moved beyond that.
I think most people want compromise to happen and the best way to get that done are the meetings that you won't hear about in the news. Now that discussions have begun there's a green light for both parties to move forward with one another.
Speaker John Boehner said yesterday: "There are big differences and the President's idea of compromise is "Just do it my way" and "that's just not going to work."
This is a very difficult task and there are some very stark differences here, so there's still work to do but I do believe they will reach an agreement.
On Sunday, we'll talk to Congressman Paul Ryan. He's laid out his budget plan that will balance the federal deficit by 2023 and includes abolishing Obamacare. I really don't think that's going to happen simply because the votes just aren't there so I'll be interested to see his take on where and what he is willing to negotiate on. Also, I don't think congress will pass an increase in tax rates but there are some things that can be done.
We'll also talk to Reince Priebus who's the chairman of the Republican National Committee. He's going to outline a plan to try and broaden the appeal of the Republican party. He's been on a nationwide listening tour with his program "Growth and Opportunity" that he hopes will help modernize his party and bring it more success in the polls.
I'm also excited to hear from Democratic Senator of Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar to get her take on where the budget negotiations could go.
Then, I've got a great foreign policy panel with Richard Haass, The Council on Foreign Relations President; Danielle Pletka of American Enterprise Institute, David Rhode of The Atlantic and David Sanger from The New York Times
I hope you'll join me on Sunday morning. Check your local listings so you don't miss a minute of the news.