No shutdown breakthrough. The 'summit meeting' of the top four members of Congress and the President yesterday seems to have had little impact. The latest House Republican tactic is to pass targeted funding bills focused on high-profile victims of the shutdown, such as the DC government, the National Institute of Health, national parks, etc. Basically anything that's getting attention in the press. The idea is for them to pass these limited bills in the House and send them to the Senate. If the Senate passes them, then some of the public furor over the shutdown diminishes, and it makes it look like things are getting done. If the Senate rejects them, then the House Republicans can point to the Senate and say "Well, they voted against funding the national parks (or whatever). They're the real problem."
It's more disingenuous bullshit, of course. The Senate will reject each of these measures because right now the public polling seems to point outrage toward the House Republicans, as I've argued it ought to be. The Democratic Senate loses nothing by maintaining the party line calling for a full clean funding bill or nothing. Essentially the Senate Democrats aren't going to let the House Republicans hide the ugliest parts of what they're doing.
Attention is now turning toward the debt limit deadline, which is in approximately two weeks. (It's impossible to forecast exactly when the Treasury department will run out of money, since income and bills due fluctuate on a daily basis. But it's around October 17th.) If we blow that deadline, there's a real economic crisis, and very likely the beginning of another recession.