An Insider's View Of The Debt Ceiling And Shutdown Talks
The government shutdown continues and so does the countdown to when the nation hits the dreaded debt ceiling. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., don't seem to get along but they seem to be the last best chance to get the government running and to help the U.S. avoid default. How do two bitter adversaries negotiate? Melissa Block put that question to Jim Manley, who was a top adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and, before that, press secretary to Sen. Ted Kennedy, for a former insider's look at how deals are made on Capitol Hill.