Washington (CNN) - The military operation in Libya is resulting in something unusual in Congress these days: a bipartisan response of sharp criticism coming from both parties.
On the left, President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats, including Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia, say the president is "stirring up a lot of controversy."
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, acknowledged Monday that she failed to pay nearly $300,000 in personal property taxes owed over the last four years for the partial ownership she and her husband have in a private plane.
McCaskill, a vocal supporter of reform and transparency in the Senate, described the failure to pay taxes as unintentional and said she will sell the plane.
(CNN) - Freshman Republican Rep. Allen West, who was backed by the Tea Party in last November's election, has drawn another challenger in the 2012 race for Florida's 22nd Congressional District.
Democrat Lois Frankel, the mayor of West Palm Beach, announced Monday that she will challenge West for the seat. Frankel, who has been mayor for 8 years and is term-limited, is also a former Florida state representative. Fort Lauderdale businessman and Democrat Patrick Murphy announced his candidacy for the seat last week.
Santiago, Chile (CNN) - President Barack Obama repeated Monday that Moammar Gadhafi "needs to go," but he acknowledged the Libyan dictator may remain in power for some time because the allied military mission in North Africa has a more narrow mandate of just protecting innocent civilians.
"Our military action is in support of an international mandate from the Security Council that specifically focuses on the humanitarian threat posed by Colonel Gadhafi's people," Obama said at a news conference here.
Washington (CNN) – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty Monday became the first major Republican candidate to form a presidential exploratory committee - a step that allows him to officially start raising funds for a campaign and to take concrete steps towards mounting a run for the GOP nomination next year.
In a highly produced video posted on his Facebook page that contained images of himself as well as patriotic symbols, Pawlenty said he had seen the effect of job loss personally during his youth and referenced some of the economic hardships his state and others have faced more recently.
Washington (CNN) – The ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday criticized the mission underway in Libya saying "there are no guidelines for success."
In an interview set to air Monday on CNN's "John King, USA," Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana said the operation has not been clearly defined.
(CNN) – HBO is taking a walk on "The Dark Side."
A rep for the company has confirmed to CNN that the company has given the green light to a miniseries about former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The project will be based on the "Frontline" documentary about Cheney, "The Dark Side," as well as the book "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency" by Barton Gellman.
Washington (CNN) – Although public support for a no-fly zone in Libya has grown in the past week, President Barack Obama's overall approval rating has so far remained virtually unchanged, according to a new national poll conducted Friday through Sunday.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey released Monday indicates that 51 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, with 47 percent saying they disapprove. The 51 percent approval rating is virtually unchanged from the 50 percent figure found in a poll conducted on March 11-13.
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(CNN) – Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the seven-term liberal Democrat from Ohio who has twice run for the White House, says President Obama committed an "impeachable offense" in deciding to authorize U.S. airstrikes over Libya Saturday without the consent of Congress.
"President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn't have Congressional authorization, he has gone against the Constitution, and that's got to be said," Kucinich told the web site Raw Story on Monday. "It's not even disputable, this isn't even a close question."