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Hotline Sort: Failure To Launch

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. There's deadlock in the House, as conservative Republicans refuse to budge, the NRCC up with a big ad buy in NV-02 and liberal groups begin to play House hardball. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 9:46am

LIVE BLOG: The Latest on the Debt Negotiations

A day after the House postponed its vote on Speaker John Boehner's Budget Control Act, Washington remains at a stalemate. Follow our live blog below for the latest developments.

9:35 a.m. At the open, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen by more than 100 points. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 are also down.

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 9:46am

The Lingering Effects of the Debt Impasse—Pictures

By bickering over the debt limit, lawmakers have forced investors, consumers, and job creators to seriously entertain the possibility that Congress will let the U.S. government default on its debts, lose its perfect credit raing, and stop payments to people, including soldiers and retirees, who are owed money. Economists predict that the resulting damage would linger even if Washington cooks up a last-second compromise. Below are four examples of the lingering effects.

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 9:46am

Report: U.S., Afghanistan Struggle to Negotiate Terms of 'Strategic Partnership'

The Washington Post reports that talks to allow the U.S. military to maintain a long-term presence in Afghanistan after the scheduled end of combat operations are stalled, as the two countries struggle to reconcile their needs.

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 9:46am

Stewart Thinks Republicans Sent the Wrong Message with 'The Town' Clip -- VIDEO

Jon Stewart isn't sure about Republican's choice of motivational movie, "The Town? ... The establishment Republicans are saying to the Tea Party upstarts, 'You know the violent, unstable, borderline sociopath from The Town, who's useful in a pinch, but whose suicidal single minded mania will ultimately be his downfall. That's you guys.'"

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 2:05 for Jimmy Kimmel's "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship."

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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 9:46am

LaHood: Need ‘Compromise’ or FAA Won’t Function

The debt-ceiling crisis has knocked off the front pages a government situation that’s just as messed up and mirrors the broader stalemate in Washington. The Federal Aviation Administration has been in partial shutdown for almost a week since lawmakers failed to extend its funding last Friday. It’s becoming a familiar problem. Lawmakers seem unable to compromise.

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 12:46pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Hospitalized

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., was hospitalized on Thursday for tests after he had difficulty breathing, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

The governor was taken to the hospital "out of an abundance of caution," spokesman Michael Drewniak told the paper.

The first-term governor has consistently ruled out running for president in 2012.

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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 12:46pm

A Case Of Bad Timing

The same day the Club for Growth expressed support for freshman Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., to run in Illinois' new 14th District, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Walsh's ex-wife is suing him for over $100,000 in child support, a development a Club spokesman says the group was not aware of beforehand.

"We were unaware that this was an issue," Club spokesman Barney Keller told Hotline On Call Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 12:46pm

'Hobbit' Sparring Between McCain, Angle Reflects Deeper Cracks in GOP

Apprehension over what the countdown clocks imply could be an apocalyptic default after August 2 isn’t the only storm brewing under the debt ceiling. Cracks in the Republican Party are now deeper than ever, culminating in a showdown between Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and 2010 tea party-backed Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle.

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 12:46pm

GOP Rallies Behind Closed Doors; Debt Plan Vote Expected Tonight

In the high-stakes effort to reduce the federal deficit and raise the debt ceiling, House Republicans drew from a famous Notre Dame football pre-game tradition behind closed doors on Thursday before a potential cliffhanger vote on Speaker John Boehner’s plan. Several attendees described the session as a pep rally of sorts as Boehner sought support to pass his bill.

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 12:46pm