With the President preparing to wield his veto pen on the Iraq war funding bill, both sides seem to be hinting that they are edging toward a compromise plan that includes benchmarks.
A Democratic source told CBS News that they think the President has signalled he would accept some benchmarks -- as long as they aren't tied to deadlines or specific withdrawal dates.
Meantime, the idea Rep. Jack Murtha floated (to fund the troops temporarily for just a few months and then try to push through another proposal) appears to be a non-starter. Our source told us it's "not being met with enthusiasm by (Democratic) House leadership or on the Senate side."
As for how long before a new Iraq supplemental gets done: we're told it will "probably" take a couple of weeks. But we may start hearing very soon how a compromise plan is shaping up.