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NATO lead in Libya does not end U.S. combat role

Does turning command of the no-fly zone over Libya to NATO mean a quick exit for the United States from the expensive offensive that President Barack Obama launched without Congressional consultation or approval?   Not really. NATO may be calling the shots but the effort still depends on heavy involvement by American sea and air power.  The effort depends on the U.S. keeping primary responsibility for strikes on Gadhafi‘s military and air defense systems. France and Great Britain may be supporting the the U.S. must still keep the lead role in what have become the most controversial parts of the
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WWII vet discovers he’s not a U.S. citizen

Leeland Davidson served his county in World War II but the 95-year-old vet discovered recently that even though he was born to American parents he is not considered a U.S. citizen. Davidson was born in Canada in 1916 but his parents did not register his birth with the U.S. government. Yet he was allowed the join the U.S. Navy and fight for this country in World War II and draws Social Security. Davidson says he checked on his citizenship with the U.S. Department of Labor Immigration and Naturalization Service before joining the Navy and was told he “had nothing to
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What happened in the control tower of Reagan Airport?

Air traffic safety is under increased scrutiny by federal authorities following an incident in which two passenger jets landed without controller assistance at Reagan National Airport because no one could be reached in the airport tower. An aviation official said that an air traffic supervisor — the lone controller on duty around midnight on Tuesday when the incident occurred — had fallen asleep. The official, who spoke on grounds of anonymity because an investigation is ensuing, said the incident has led the Federal Aviation Administration to launch a nationwide inquiry into airport tower staffing issues. Peter Knudson, a spokesman for
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Obama comes home to face political storms

Returning home to some messy politics, President Barack Obama must contend with a battery of challenges, from a spending standoff that threatens to shut down the government to congressional angst over the U.S.-led war against Libya. Foreign crises rage across Africa and the Middle East, and Americans still want a more quickly improving economy. The president left behind a wave of goodwill in Latin America as he shored up alliances that the White House said would prove pivotal for years to come. Yet the timing made for political and logistical headaches, as his five-day trip to Brazil, Chile and El
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Libya attack costs approaching a billion

Stretched thin by two wars, the U.S. military is spending upward of $1 billion in an international assault to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save rebels from likely defeat, according to analysts and a rough calculation of the military operation so far. Missiles fired from submarines in the Mediterranean, bombs dropped by B-2 stealth bombers and an array of warplanes launching airstrikes over the northern portion of Libya easily total hundreds of millions of dollars. The campaign entered its fifth day on Wednesday. The Obama administration isn’t talking overall cost, but the magnitude of the military campaign,
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GOP looked for ways to punish Wisconsin Democrats

Everything from taking away computers to denying a year of service in the state retirement system was considered to punish the 14 Wisconsin Democrats who fled to Illinois for three weeks to block passage of a bill taking away union bargaining rights, newly released emails show. Members of Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s staff bounced ideas off one another and the Legislature’s attorneys for days about how to penalize the Senate Democrats for leaving and pressure them to return, according to records released Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The watchdog group obtained the emails from
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Obama under fire from all sides over attacks on Libya

President Barack Obama, the Democrat who rode a crest of anti-government and anti-war sentiment into office, now faces political heat from all sides because of a war he helped start. Obama is under fire from all sides and faces increasing criticism from his liberal Democratic base. Even Democrats who supported President George W. Bush‘s controversial decision to invade Iraq say the U.S. involvement in Libya is a big mistake. And normally pro-war Republicans say the President waited too long and went into war with no clear plan or goal. House Speaker John Boehner, in a statement released by his office
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Obama’s peace trip turns into a war folly

  In the heart of his mission to Latin America, President Barack Obama tried to get the world to see what he saw. “Latin America is at peace,” he said in Chile. The world, however, has been busy. His speech was not the story. War always tends to trump peace. In his first extended trip to Latin America, Obama leaves Wednesday on a fitting note — dealing with the crisis in Libya, the first war launched on his watch. His last scheduled activity here will be a strategy call on Libya with his national security team, not the long-planned tour
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Calculating the escalating cost of Obama’s war on Libya

Calculating the U.S. price tag for the no-fly zone in Libya is hardly simple math. Four nights of a U.S. and European assault easily tops hundreds of millions of dollars as the international coalition seeks to undermine Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save the rebels from likely defeat. The cost could rise moderately if the U.S. role is limited, with the Pentagon using its existing budget to cover the expense, or it could jump significantly if the operation drags on for weeks or months. As of Tuesday, the coalition had fired at least 162 sea-launched Tomahawk missiles priced at $1
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HBO plans Dick Cheney miniseries

First Sarah Palin, now Dick Cheney. HBO is developing a miniseries about the former Vice President based on Pulitzer prize winner Bart Gellman‘s best-selling book: “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency as well as the PBS Frontline documentary, “The Dark Side.” The cable network already has a miniseries Arizona Sen. John McCain’s failed Presidential campaign with a focus on the selection of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her bombastic rise from obscurity to political phenom. What’s next? Related articles HBO Developing Miniseries About Dick Cheney (seattlepi.com) HBO options Dick Cheney book for TV miniseries (reuters.com) HBO plans Dick Cheney miniseries
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