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GOP to meet with Biden, Democrats today

From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell and Domenico Montanaro
We noted in First Thoughts that Republicans yesterday declined to say explicitly if they would be willing to participate in White House-offered and Vice President Biden-led negotiations on the budget and spending cuts.

But Republicans will, in fact, meet today with Biden and other administration officials today at 4:00 pm ET, aides say.

After saying a meeting might not happen, aides to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell say the GOP leaders will attend. Hill Democratic leaders will also attend.