With the government shut down for a third straight day, the question most people are asking is why the heck aren't the leaders of the two parties trying to figure this all out?

President Obama did huddle with Congressional leaders on Wednesday but the consensus from all sides was that nothing much came out of it.  On Thursday, we went back to punches being thrown via press release.

So, why aren't the negotiators more interested in, you know, negotiating? In this segment for “In Play”, we explain why some of the key Congressional players may not be in much of a position to negotiate – even if they wanted to.

In Play's Jackie Kucinich looks at key players in the fight over the budget -- and why they have every reason not to come to the negotiating table. (The Washington Post)