Brasilia, Brazil (CNN) - President Obama is getting up-to-the-minute briefings on the start of military action in Libya during his tour of Latin America, and said here Saturday that an international coalition is ready "to act and act with urgency" to stop Moammar Gadhafi from continuing to attack civilians.
"The people of Libya must be protected," Obama said. "And in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians, our coalition is prepared to act, and act with urgency."
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden now has a landmark bearing his name. On Saturday Amtrak renamed the Wilmington, Delaware, train station Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station in honor of the vice president, who rode the train from Wilmington to Washington, D.C. regularly for 36 years as Delaware's senator.
According to The News Journal, Biden, who attended the ceremony with his wife, children, and grandchildren, said, "The truth is, I don't deserve this, unless you reward longevity."
Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee raised $5.2 million last month, but still is saddled with a debt of more than $21 million from the 2010 midterm elections.
The RNC was able to pay $1 million toward reducing the debt in February, but received an additional $1 million in invoices from 2010 that left its financial position virtually unchanged, according to a report that will be filed this afternoon with the Federal Election Commission. CNN was provided the data prior to the filing.
(CNN)-Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin slammed the Obama administration for "dithering" on Libya and accused fellow Republicans of "having the fighting instinct of sheep" while speaking overseas in India on Saturday.
While Palin's prepared remarks outlined her vision for America, her sharpest comments came during a Q-and-A session where she entertained 'if you were president'-style hypotheticals.
Brasilia, Brazil (CNN) – After recent tension over President Obama breaking with tradition by hosting world leaders at the White House but not taking any questions from the media during those sessions, administration officials were eager to boast that he would be holding several news conferences on his three-nation trip to Latin America.
"So I'd just note for your planning purposes, we'll be having three press conferences with each of the leaders," said Ben Rhodes, the White House's deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. "So there will be that opportunity."
Washington (CNN)- President Obama recognized the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa as well as natural disasters in Japan in the opening of his weekly address Saturday, but the economy and his trip to Latin America quickly became the focus of his message.
"As we respond to these immediate crises abroad, we will also not let up in our efforts to tackle the pressing, ongoing challenges facing our country," he said.