In reality, the two sides really aren't as far apart as it seems. The real issue now is all about saving face. (Los Angeles Times)
One thing that could help: The Republicans appear ready to keep the government shutdown going while making sure the bills get paid. (Washington Examiner)
The Meredith Whitney Advisory Group is dead—long live Meredith Whitney! (DealBreaker)
And, finally ... still not convinced a debt deal is coming? Jim Chanos says it is, because Wall Street says it is. CNBC's Matthew Belvedere explains.
—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.