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Last Chance

Here are excerpts from a Reuters news bit on the increasingly shrinking opportunity for moderates on both sides to avert the "nuclear option." This really is at a last chance stage. Hope sanity can win out, and I offer deep respect to those on both sides that are trying.

"Key lawmakers on Sunday said it was still possible a deal could be reached to avert "the nuclear option," a Republican threat in the U.S. Senate to end the ability of Democrats to block President Bush's conservative judicial nominees.

But these lawmakers, among a dozen largely moderate senators in search of a bipartisan compromise, acknowledged time was running out.

"We'll be meeting again tomorrow evening and that will be our last opportunity," Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, told "Fox News Sunday."

Others said talks could stretch into Tuesday, just before potentially climactic Senate votes following a scheduled all-night session.

"We're all grown men and women and we're behaving like we're in the third grade. Yes, it's very doable if people of good faith will come together," Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told CNN's "Late Edition."
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