What You May Have Missed
By Doyle McManus
Los Angeles Times
Published: Friday, June 21 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
It almost seems like distant history now, but it was really just a few short months ago that President Obama and Senate Republicans, spurred by fear of fiscal chaos, did the unthinkable: They went out to dinner and talked civilly about the possibility of a "grand bargain," a compromise that would shrink the deficit through revenue increases and long-term spending cuts.