State of the Union Early Bird for March 6, 2011
March 6th, 2011
05:14 AM ET
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State of the Union Early Bird for March 6, 2011

(CNN)–It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar this morning: The battle for control in Libya and the 2012 presidential prospects.

Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show today at 9am/12pm ET.

LIBYA

U.S. Wavers on 'Regime Change'

After weeks of internal debate on how to respond to uprisings in the Arab world, the Obama administration is settling on a Middle East strategy: help keep longtime allies who are willing to reform in power, even if that means the full democratic demands of their newly emboldened citizens might have to wait.

Muammar Gaddafi's opposition: How Libya's revolt has stalled

In Libya, Both Sides Gird for Long War as Civilian Toll Mounts

Why the Mideast revolts will help al-Qaeda

The revolts also mean that the United States and its Western allies must take on a far greater share of the counterterrorism operations that they previously conducted with the help of Arab regimes. The days of Mubarak, Saleh, Gaddafi and Ben Ali doing the dirty work for American, European and Israeli counterterrorism efforts are over. Soon it will be U.S. and Western special forces and intelligence services that will be ordered to capture or kill militants in Muslim lands – individuals that our tyrannical friends used to dispose of for us.

2012

Obama's 2012 reelection team gets moving

The Obama team has decided it will not give Republicans a free pass to criticize the president as they fight over their nomination. The president's reelection committee plans to put its own organizations into the early primary and caucus states – Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

"We can't cede the playing field," one adviser said. "We can't just play general election. So we're going to have to organize on the ground in early states."

Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and the spotlight-chasing candidates of 2012

So the Republican winnowing process is far advanced. But the nominee may emerge much diminished by involvement in a process cluttered with careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing candidates to whom the sensible American majority would never entrust a lemonade stand, much less nuclear weapons.

To Quiet Critics, Romney Puts 2012 Focus on Jobs

So far Mr. Romney has offered few specific details beyond general Republican philosophies, saying only that the country needs “to believe in free enterprise, capitalism, limited government, federalism.”

Republicans looking for the anti-Romney

On paper, Romney should be the front-runner for next year's GOP nomination: He has experience, name recognition, broad popularity and plenty of money. But Republican strategists warn that because of "Romneycare" and other early flings with moderation, Romney lacks one important factor: fervent support from the strongly conservative voters who dominate the primary electorate in most states.

"I don't see any way he can become the nominee," said Eddie Mahe Jr., a former deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Yemen: US state department upgrades travel warning

As Pakistan battles extremism, it needs allies' patience and help (Pres. Zardari)

On immigration, momentum shifts away from Arizona

Texas Nationalist group rallies for secession

Republicans in solid shape to take control of Senate next year

New day in Egypt: Protesters sack State Security offices

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  1. Lillian Snyder

    If King wants to hold hearings, he should do it on ALL homegrown terrorists and the homegrown events that have occurred that have caused the most damage and death have been radicals who have not been Muslims. The description of people who stay alone, among like minded people and are isolated, also describe groups that are not Muslim, so the hearings should be for ALL homegrown terrorists. It is politically safer to only concentrate on Muslims, but it will result in answers that don't help prepare the U.S. for potential dangers.

    March 6, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. joe

    This whole blowup in the middleeast, I think these people have been living in the stone age,sinse the stone age. These people have been lead by "Ruthless TYRANTS for so long! It really logically appears like the un-civilized world to everybody. I just hope their headed in the right direction,going radical religion extremism like women,children,murdering al-Queda,will only bring more death,war,and suffering to these countrys! I also think that under educated americans are going to try to vote in Republican radical religion extremist in this country. It will destroy this country in a violent way if that happens. Keep extremism out of politics,or we are going to see"The end of America the free"

    March 6, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Texans want to break from United States , they want to save the state why Washington is broken
    Texas Nationalist Movement didn’t understand that former Texas governor G.W.Bush made this mess

    On immigration I hope our state legislators read this article (same article in local paper today) I believe we need tough immigration law not like sb 1070

    Republicans in solid shape to take senate no it won’t happen. Now republicans are facing tough time they are losing their momentum due to union busting

    March 6, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |