Biden: "We're actually making progress" in deficit talks 

Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday sought to assure skeptics that slow-moving budget talks with Congress are producing results.

"We're actually making progress," he told reporters after yet another meeting with lawmakers at Blair House Thursday. "What we've agreed to is tentative. I promise you this is serious. There is no hiding the ball. This is not a commission."

Biden said there are 10 items on which House and Senate leaders agreed and are willing to further explore for compromise. He would not reveal what those areas are.

"It's premature to be optimistic," he said. "But I'm clearly not pessimistic."

The so-called Biden group won't meet again for a while because the House is in recess next week.

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