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Congress: Showdown on Libya

“Setting up a showdown on Libya, House Republicans agreed yesterday to vote on dueling measures, one to give President Obama limited authority to continue US involvement in the NATO-led operation against Moammar Khadafy and the other to cut off funds for military hostilities,” AP writes.

Here’s quite the admission from Mitch McConnell: “The Senate GOP leader conceded Wednesday that if President Obama were a Republican, he wouldn't be getting as much congressional blowback on Libya,” the New York Daily News writes. He said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, "I do think that there is more of a tendency to pull together when you are - when the guy in the White House is on your side," he said at the breakfast briefing. I think some of these views were probably held by some of my members - even in the previous administration - but party loyalty tended to kind of mute them.”

“Suddenly, the debt limit negotiations aren't just about distributing painful cuts. They're also about including sweeteners that could make it somewhat easier for Members to stomach the political risks of such a plan,” Roll Call writes.

“Lawmakers are expressing frustration with the lack of information they have received from Vice President Biden’s debt-limit negotiations,” The Hill reports.