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Obama: ‘I Refused’ To Let A Massacre Happen In Libya

“President Obama delivered a clear and determined defense of his decision to authorize U.S. military-led air strikes in Libya, stressing that he could not allow an impending massacre in the country to occur but would not use military might to topple Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi from power.

The speech, delivered Monday night, was cloaked in broad statements about American values and U.S. responsibilities to support democratic movements against brutal and repressive regimes.[…]
But he cautioned against repeating the same type of mistake of forcing regime change as the U.S. tried in Iraq eight years ago, only to commit U.S. troops to a bloody and costly war and a country still trying to stabilize itself.

“Of course, there is no question that Libya — and the world — will be better off with Qaddafi out of power,” he said. “I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal, and will actively pursue it through non-military means. But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.””

Read More: Text Of President Obama’s Speech On The Situation In Libya
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Tea Party-Backed Anti-Voter Fraud Effort Touts Non-Partisanship At First National Conference

” When you talk about conservatives who rail against the supposed scourge of voter fraud and support voter identification laws that many expert say depress turnout among Democratic-leaning constituencies, there’s a few big names that invariably come up.”

Indiana Dems To Return Home With Big Concessions From GOPers

“Just about a month ago, dozens of Indiana state House Democrats fled to Illinois to shut down what they said was a Republican agenda that targeted workers rights and the public schools. Now they’re set to return, having won several concessions from the GOP that will change the face of what Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) was hoping would be a signature session.”

Republicans Prepare To Reject Final White House Budget Offer

“It’s been almost a week since House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House last sat down to hammer out a budget agreement, and the schedule’s still blank. Accusations of bad faith are now flying from both sides. Republicans are poised to reject a White House offer, TPM has learned, that would cut over $30 billion in current spending because of disagreements over whether the package should include cuts to mandatory spending programs.”

Biden Team Apologizes For Using Storage Closet As Holding Room For Reporter

“Joe Biden’s spokeswoman sent an apology note to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers for using a storage closet as a holding area at a recent event in Florida.”

GOP Rep. Don Young Tells Town Hall He Opposes War In Afghanistan One Week After He Votes Against Ending It

“Rep. Don Young (R-AK) held a town hall meeting at the Alaska Business Roundtable last week where he covered a variety of issues in discussions with his constituents, including his intention to vote against any funding for combat operations in Libya”

Senators: ‘Women Will Die’ Without Planned Parenthood Funding

“As the fight over funding the federal government heats up in Congress, one sticking point is sure to be Title X money for Planned Parenthood, which House Republicans voted to eliminate earlier this month. In the Senate, Republicans Scott Brown (MA) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) have broken with their party in support of continued funding for Planned Parenthood, noting it is one of the nation’s largest and most effective providers of womens’ health services. A letter sent to Vice President Biden recently signed by 20 Democratic senators explained the stakes.”

Are Nuclear Plants Safe? Environmentalists Are Split

“Some environmental groups say the nuclear disaster in Japan is a wake-up call and they would not support building new U.S. nuclear plants. Others say that nuclear power is still one of the safest technologies invented. But both sides agree that the priority should be to examine existing U.S. nuclear plants for safety risks.”

States broke? Maybe they cut taxes too much

“In his new budget proposal, Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich calls for extending a generous 21 percent cut in state income taxes. The measure was originally part of a sweeping 2005 tax overhaul that abolished the state corporate income tax and phased out a business property tax.”

Group to tell Senate panel about 42 disease clusters in 13 states

“An environmental group will tell a Senate panel Tuesday that it has identified 42 suspected clusters of cancer, birth defects and other illnesses in 13 states.”

Strong corporate profits amid weak economy – What’s up with that?

“U.S. corporations continue to post strong profits quarter after quarter, even as the unemployment rate remains high and the U.S. economic recovery plods along in fits and starts. What gives?”

The Lede: Latest Updates on Libya and Mideast Protests

“On Monday, The Lede is following the war in Libya, unrest in Syria and protest movements across the Arab world.”

Politicus: In Germany, an Election Hangover

“In an effort to save control of an important state while Japan’s nuclear crisis and the Libyan rebellion were making headlines, the government effectively turned its back on Angela Merkel’s supposed virtues.”

Read More: BPI Campus discusses German politics and the EU

Good News: Democrats Rally To Support Social Security

“On Capitol Hill, negotiations over this year’s budget are at a stalemate while lawmakers work on spending cuts both sides of the aisle can agree on. But that hasn’t stopped the battle over next year’s budget from brewing. Democrats held a rally Monday to protect Social Security from changes Republicans haven’t even proposed yet.”

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