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Hotline Sort: Deal Or No Deal?

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Pawlenty aims his sharpest criticism yet at Bachmann, while the congresswoman defends her record in a statement of her own. Meanwhile, Flake has another productive fundraising quarter in Arizona and the Florida Senate race is about to get even more crowded. Here In Washington, a deal on the debt ceiling debate still hasn't been reached, while the president gets ready to hold a press conference this morning. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:23am

Sebelius To Release Rules For Health Exchanges

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will release rules for the new health exchanges Monday but says to expects many modifications before they become final.

"Today, we will be releasing draft proposals that set minimum requirements for exchanges while giving states the flexibility they need to design an exchange that works for them," Sebelius writes in a blog for the Huffington Post.

Posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:23am

Video: A Metaphor for the Debt Ceiling; Who is Thaddeus McCotter?

Bill Maher doesn't think long shot presidential candidate, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., stands a chance, "I don't want to say this guy is a no name, but he actually wears his campaign button upside down so that even he can glance down and see who he is."

Today's Must See Moment - Fast forward to 00:45 to see Jay Leno's "Video Metaphor for Raising the Debt Ceiling".

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Posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:23am

Why This Default Debate Is Different

Things were different the last time a Democratic president and a Republican House played a drawn-out game of chicken with the “full faith and credit” of the United States. That was the mid-1990s, when Newt Gingrich, then the new Speaker of the House, seemed to see himself as a Man of History. Like today’s tea partiers, Gingrich was supremely self-confident that his party’s decisive takeover of the House represented a broad shift and a mandate for drastic cuts in spending and a balanced budget.

Posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:23am

For Abortion-Rights Advocates, Three Victories and Four Battles on the Horizon

Here’s a surprise: Planned Parenthood is on a roll.

The women’s health provider and advocate for abortion rights has been under siege as a growing number of state legislatures have passed laws to choke off its funding and tighten restrictions on abortions. Even though Democrats in Congress have blocked most Republican abortion bills at the national level, opponents of abortion have been racking up one victory after another at the state level.

Posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:23am

Obama: Democrats, Republicans Will Work All Weekend to Reach Debt Deal

Emerging from what he described as "a very constructive meeting" with congressional leaders, President Obama today said his staff and theirs will be working through the weekend to come up with a budget compromise "so the full faith and credit of the United States is not impaired."

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 1:23pm

Mullen Claims Islamabad 'Sanctioned' Journalist's Killing

The U.S. believes the Pakistani government "sanctioned" the murder of a prominent Pakistani journalist who had been probing links between the country's security services and its Islamic militants, said Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

"It was sanctioned by the government," Mullen told journalists in Washington on Thursday. "I have not seen anything to disabuse that the government knew about it."

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 1:23pm

Report: Appeals Court Overturns FCC's Relaxed Media Ownership Rules

An appeals court on Thursday overturned Federal Communications Commission rules permitting the ownership of newspapers and broadcast TV stations in the same market, according to an Associated Press report.

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 1:23pm

Democrats Tap Weprin To Run For Weiner's Old Seat

Democrats have decided on state Assemblyman David Weprin as their choice to run in New York's 9th District special election to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner, YNN's Capital Tonight reports.

Weprin will meet with Queens Democrats tonight and will file paperwork certifying him as their pick on Friday. Each party will choose their nominees for the September 13 election, as state law does not allow for primaries to be held prior.

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 1:23pm

Iowa Conservative Group Wants GOP Candidates To Sign Marriage Pledge

A leading religious conservative group in Iowa is asking the Republican presidential candidates to sign a pledge vowing marital fidelity and support for a same-sex marriage ban, according to The Brody File.

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 1:23pm