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What happens when America doesn’t matter any more?

America led the military charge into Libya. Now it’s looking for someone else to take over but doing so is neither easy or backed by tradition. The United States has, for many years, been the “go-to” military power to lead international military actions and while pressure is building on President Barack Obama to abandon that role and turn it over to NATO or another country, the likelihood of American troops on the ground in Libya grows stronger. But others are raising the question. Is America’s role as the dominant nation in this world over. Has its time passed as a
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Wisconsin Republicans try to circumvent court order

In the latest move that showcases Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s utter disregard for the law, the anti-union Republican says he will implement a controversial law stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights after it was published in apparent violation of a court order blocking the legislation. Republicans claim the law goes into effect today after it was published by the state’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau. The attorney for the the bureau says the action was “just procedural” and the law can’t take effect until the court cases are resolved but Walker says he plans to implement the law, court order
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Kucinich retreats from impeachment of Obama

Maverick Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich is backing away from his “impeach Barack Obama” statements after it has become apparent that his fellow Democrats and the leadership of his party has no desire to back him.   So far, the only other member of Congress to back Kucinich is Texas Republican Ron Paul who is as much of an outsider to his party as Kucinich is to Democrats. “You’re not going to get much support for impeachment when the two people pushing it are the leading whack jobs for each of their parties,” a Democratic strategist told Capitol Hill Blue. “They
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GOP’s lunatic fringe launches attack on public education

Fringe Republican presidential hopefuls have launched a war against the American public school system and told a home schooling rally in Iowa this week that government wants “absolute control” to “indoctrinate” children.   Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a perennial loser in the Presidential sweepstakes, told the cheering crowd that the “the public school system is now a propaganda machine. They start with our kids even in kindergarten, teaching them about family values, sexual education, gun rights, environmentalism — and they condition them to believe in so much which is totally un-American.” Paul was joined by other members of the GOP’s
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School cuts turn Wisconsin Republicans against Walker

A growing number of Republicans in embattled Wisconsin are showing buyer’s remorse over their votes for GOP Gov. Scott Walker. They’re not happy with his attempts to destroy the public school system in the state. “He’s trying to balance the budget on the backs of teachers,” Bar Feest of suburban Milwaukee told The Associated Press. “It took so long to get our schools where they are, and they’re going to cut in town in, what, two years? It’s not right.” Feest, a Republican says she’s sorry she voted for Walker and wished she could take that vote back now that
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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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