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March 29th, 2011
09:12 PM ET

Will U.S. arm Libya's rebels?

CNN's John King and panel members discuss the challenges faced by President Obama in Libya.


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March 29th, 2011
02:14 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Barack Obama's embrace of a lack of coherent doctrine for engaging Libya and not Syria, Yemen, Iran, or Darfur begs the question of does he think Libyan citizens are more valuable?

– The Obama Non-Doctrine is the foreign policy equivalent of being a little bit pregnant. He wants Gaddafi gone, but he opposes regime change.

– Republicans have won the battle in Wisconsin over collective bargaining, but they may lose the war because of the recall effort.

Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:

– Libya Speech: The President tried to make the case for Humanitarian War last night, defending the limited, U.S. led, multilateral intervention in Libya. Critics, however, did not hear an exit strategy or even a clear doctrine. What seems clear now is that the NATO led mission will take not days but weeks and months.

– Shutdown Looming: April 8th is the new date for a government shutdown and talks have broken down between Democrats and Republicans. Everything needs to be on the table for this to move forward or the high-stakes game of chicken will continue.

– Trump Goes Birther: Really? Usually, the CEO presidential candidate focuses on executive ability and sidesteps social issues and culture war wedges. But the Donald seems determined to pander to the outer limits. It's bad politics and bad principle.

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