Budget negotiations, the abridged version 

Talks continue between Republicans and Democrats over the budget stalemate, but the conversations appear to be very brief.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, just got off the phone with President Obama that lasted all of three minutes, according to Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

Not surprisingly, little was resolved and the impasse continues, with Republicans wanting closer to $61 billion in budget cuts and Democrats vying for a deal that slashes around $33 billion.

"The Speaker reiterated that the House's goal is to prevent a government shutdown and make real cuts in spending," Steel reported. "He told the president he remains hopeful a deal can be reached and that the talks would continue,"

The two sides continue to accuse each other of refusing to compromise. Time runs out on April 8, when the latest stopgap funding measure expires.

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