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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

Plouffe Hints of Possible Presidential Veto for Boehner Bill

Senior White House adviser David Plouffe hinted that President Obama would veto the deficit-reduction bill by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, if it  managed to get to his desk.

Senior White House adviser David Plouffe hinted that President Obama would veto the deficit-reduction bill by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, if it  managed to get to his desk.

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

Boehner Measures Support for Republican Plan, Headed for Evening Vote

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 - 11:45am

Today’s e-Reads: SEC Questions Groupon’s Accounting; Is Web Anonymity Dead?

As it prepares to go public, Groupon is getting some unwanted scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission over the accounting metric it is using to market itself to potential investors, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 11:45am

Whipping The Boehner Proposal To Raise The Nation's Debt Ceiling

Updated at 11:29 a.m.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner's revised proposal to raise the debt ceiling deficit reduction plan would reduce budget deficits by about $915 billion over 10 years through FY2021. With the bill slated to hit the House floor Thursday, Boehner is trying to secure the necessary number of votes needed to pass the measure.

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 11:45am

Eighth Annual Congressional Blues Festival -- PICTURES

The Eighth Annual Congressional Blues Festival was a sold-out success on Wednesday night at the National Building Museum in D.C. Members of Congress who support the blues—either because it runs deep in their district or they have a personal love for the music—were invited to come and bring their staff.

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 11:45am