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House sees far smaller transport bill than Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans looking to hold down federal spending are considering a transportation budget blueprint that would, at a minimum, be less than half the size of the plan advanced by the White House. Read the full story.
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Obama confident coalition will lead Libyan war

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama expressed confidence on Tuesday the United States will be able to transfer control of the Libyan military operation to an international coalition in a matter of days. Read the full story.
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Libya clouds U.S. defense chief’s Russia visit

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States and Russia clashed over Libya Tuesday, with Moscow advocating a ceasefire and U.S. defense chief Robert Gates saying some Russians had swallowed Muammar Gaddafi’s “lies” about civilian deaths. Read the full story.
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NATO should have key Libya role: White House

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – NATO should have a key role in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, the White House said Tuesday after President Barack Obama consulted his French and British counterparts on the issue. Read the full story.
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U.S. military monitoring Japan radiation: Gates

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Pentagon is monitoring radiation from Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday when asked about the possibility of bringing home U.S. troops stationed there. Read the full story.
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U.S. presses plan to hand off Libya war command soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States insisted on Tuesday it will hand control of Libyan military operations to its allies within days despite rows over NATO’s leadership role in the air campaign against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. Read the full story.
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