(NBC News) Eleven days into the partial government shutdown and with just six days before possible default, it looks like real progress is finally being made in Washington.
Republicans are suddenly eager to make a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
The change appears to be motivated by a wave of polls that show Republicans getting hammered for the shutdown.
Senate GOP lawmakers went to the White House Friday to discuss a possible deal with President Obama.
Still, Tea Party conservatives still pose an obstacle.
Speaking at the Value Voters Summit, Senator Ted Cruz told his supporters that now is the time to "stand strong".
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