A Capitol Hill source says the Aug. 2nd drop-dead debt-ceiling date is not likely as hard a date as Treasury is leading on.
It could -- and very well may, in fact -- be pushed back to mid-August.
Aug. 2 is probably Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's "minimum" date, the source said.
Neither side wants that to happen, but neither is any closer to a deal than when the week began.
The government could probably even go to October, the source said, but only by doing undesirable things, like selling gold, for example.