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Super Committee Talks Break Down

All but acknowledging the end of talks, Republicans and Democrats on the deficit super committee used Sunday television appearances to blame each other for their looming failure to bridge political differences over taxes and spending.

Unless there's a surprise last-minute breakthrough, the committee will miss its Wednesday deadline to propose $1.5 trillion in cuts, triggering automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion, half of which target the Pentagon.

The deadline may be Wednesday, but the panel would have to produce something by Monday to accommodate the legislative process.

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 4:40pm

Super Committee's Prospects for Success Dimming

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    Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 1:40pm

    What We Learned: Flavor of the Month

    What we at The Hotline learned this week:

    Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 12:40pm

    Super Committee's Prospects for Success Dimming

    10:40. Toomey: It's Going to Be Tough

    Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., suggested in stark words on Sunday that the super committee seems destined to miss its Nov. 23 deadline. He also made the case, albeit meekly, for one of the so-called small deals that would cut around $600 billion and delay budget-cutting decisions until next year.

    Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 12:40pm

    N.H.'s Ayotte Broke Bread with Cain but Will Back Romney

    New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a rising GOP star who beat back a tea party challenge last year with help from Sarah Palin, will endorse Mitt Romney on Sunday at a rally in Nashua, NH.

    Ayotte joins a laundry list of notable backers for Romney in the Granite State, among them former Govs. John H. Sununu and Judd Gregg, often in tow at Romney events in the state.  The campaign had been working for some time to secure Ayotte's endorsement.

    Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 1:40am

    Presidential Contenders Well Up Sharing Conservative Credentials at Family Leader Forum

    DES MOINES, Iowa – There was plenty of good will and a few tears as six Republican presidential rivals gathered here Saturday afternoon for a forum in which they agreed more than they debated the role of government and religion in society before an audience of evangelical activists.

    The atmosphere turned emotional in the second hour as candidates recalled personal challenges and failures, prompting at least two – businessman Herman Cain and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum – to cry.

    Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 1:40am

    Newt Gingrich's (First) Divorce: The Revisionist History

    One-time history professor Newt Gingrich is ramping up a belated effort to revise some unpleasant history that's been written about him.

    Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

    Rahm Sets the Stage in Iowa

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Obama, will make the case for his re-election tonight in the state that launched him to the Democratic nomination in 2008.

    Emanuel is slated to address the Iowa Democratic Party at the Jefferson Jackson dinner, its biggest annual fundraiser.

    Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

    Tuning Out Rick Perry

    Imagine the frustration if you'd spent huge amounts of money on advertisements aimed at improving your image and it hadn't helped one bit. Now you have an idea of how Rick Perry's campaign must be feeling right now.

    Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm

    For Obama, Small Is Beautiful

    Today's headlines contain a rare piece of good political news for President Obama: According to the Washington Post's calculations, the president is outpacing all of his rivals in small (as in under $200) donations. More significantly, he's even outpacing his own magical year of 2008.

    Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:40pm