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Congress: All about Libya, but shutdown looms

“As the White House works to assuage congressional anger over U.S. entry into armed conflict in Libya, four top national security officials will give a classified briefing to lawmakers on the war next Wednesday afternoon,” Politico reports.

“The administration outreach comes as President Barack Obama has faced mounting bipartisan criticism on his approach to U.S. involvement in Libya and has struggled to publicly defend the action,” Roll Call adds.

“With a shutdown seemingly off the table, Republicans are considering an alternative tactic” to get Democrats to pass more budget cuts, The Hill writes: “‘ratchet’ up demands in future short-term spending bills by including amendments that defund Democratic priorities like healthcare reform.”

By the way, as NBC’s Ken Strickland point out, next week is going to be all about Libya in Congress. But each day focused on Libya is a day not focused on the budget, and though neither side wants a government shutdown, one still looms two Fridays from now. And there are likely to be no more stop-gap measures to continue funding the government.

Democratic lawmakers met with Medicaid advocates this week, telling them that Democratic-proposed budget cuts would have cuts to entitlements, but they would be less than those in the Republican bill.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor added his voice to the chorus of criticism against President Obama’s Libya plan, The Hill writes.

General Electric, a part owner of NBC whose CEO is President Obama’s liaison to the business community, has employed such fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that that it claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion in 2010, the New York Times reports.