President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday afternoon for the first time in weeks, in a fresh effort to break the stalemate over the looming fiscal crisis.
The two met in a politically-charged environment, and it's unclear whether any progress was made. The meeting was sandwiched between accusations from Boehner on Friday that the president had just "wasted another week," and a planned visit by Obama Monday to Detroit, where he's expected to continue campaigning for tax hikes on top earners.
Both sides were tightlipped about the surprise Sunday afternoon meeting, releasing identical statements that said little.
"This afternoon, the President and Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. We're not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open," the statement released by each office said.