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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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Americans sort of support Libya action

Early comments online and in newspapers point to cautious American support for a limited role in bombing Libyan air defenses but wariness over entangling the United States in an ill-defined military mission. The United States was slow to act on Libya yet wise to play down its role in a military intervention, some U.S. editorials, columnists and bloggers said. They also raised concerns over a perceived lack of leadership in a “war by committee.” Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in power since a military coup in 1969, lost control of large sections of the country in a revolt last month and
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GOP’s big problem: Finding the perfect candidate

Mitt Romney is the godfather of what Republican critics call Obamacare. Newt Gingrich is an adulterer on his third marriage. Tim Pawlenty is too green — environmentally, that is. Jon Huntsman worked for President Barack Obama. And Haley Barbour has come off as dismissive of racial segregation. Is any potential Republican presidential nominee without vulnerabilities that could alienate voters, especially those in the GOP primaries, and provide ready-made attacks for opponents? Not in this crop. The 2012 Republican field is deeply flawed, lacking a serious GOP contender without a personal misstep or policy move that angers the party base. Each
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Rabid religious right flexes political muscle

Republican presidential candidates take note: the clout of social and religious conservatives is growing in politically crucial Iowa. And these activists are driving the debate here toward cultural issues — and away from the economy — just as the GOP sets out to find an opponent for President Barack Obama. “They’ve gotten more involved in the party,” said Norm Pawlewski, a lobbyist for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. “I’ve seen a change in the kind of people who are volunteering — and not only volunteering but working.” With Obama’s re-election race looming next year, this constituency — made up
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Obama’s foreign policy a contradiction

The contradictions that have marked Barack Obama‘s Presidency also mark his approach to foreign policy. And his travels in South America show just how different those approaches can be. As he practices what the Associated Press calls “lead by example diplomacy” in his own hemisphere he orders cruise missiles and American fighter planes to pound Libya into submission. This two-sided approach to foreign policy is typical Obama — an approach that confuses world view of America, infuriates even members of his own party and confounds both critics and supporters. While one hand supports a friendly approach the other unleashes the
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A year later, the health care ‘reform’ debate continues

It’s been a year since President Barack Obama‘s controversial health care “reform” became law and America remains divided over whether it’s a good or bad thing. Most can’t even decide what to call the “reform.” Most polls show only one out of every eight Americans believe the new health care law has helped them and public reaction on the law is as divisive as ever. Many believe the bill is actually driving up the cost of health care as more and more Americans still cannot afford to pay for insurance. Court challenges await and the Supreme Court still has to
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Military apologizes for Afghan abuse photos

The US Army on Monday formally apologized “for the distress” caused by pictures portraying abuse allegedly committed by US troops serving in Afghanistan. “We apologize for the distress these photos cause,” said a statement released by the Army. German weekly Der Spiegel earlier Monday published photos that it said showed two US soldiers in Afghanistan from a rogue army unit posing with dead Afghans. Two photos, which Spiegel said US authorities had sought to keep secret, appear to show two members of a unit that allegedly killed Afghan civilians for sport. In one, a purported soldier, cigarette in hand, holds
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CBO: Obama playing fast and loose with numbers in budget

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says President Barack Obama is underestimating deficits and overestimating revenue projections in the budget released by the White House on Friday and that the budget, if passed by Congress, would increase the deficit by more than $2 trillion over the next decade. Obama claimed his budget would produce deficits of $7.2 trillion while the CBO assessment estimates the shortfall would be more like $9.5 trillion. The report suggests the administration is using political “fuzzy math” to mask the true cost of his budget.   Related articles CBO: Obama Understates Deficits by $2.3 Trillion – ABC
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U.S., allies strike Libya; Some in Congress upset

With surprising speed, President Barack Obama went from straddling the fence on Libya to ordering military strikes, along with European allies, with the threat of more to come. The President’s decision comes on top of a military stretched to the limit with military on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq and a lingering recession at home. Airstrikes cruise missles pounded the capital of Tripoli while Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed a long war “with unlimited patience and deep faith.” Obama claimed military action was not his “first choice” and said American ground troops would not be sent into Kuwait. And
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