Dem senator breaks with his party and Obama, again
March 21st, 2011
08:38 AM ET
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Dem senator breaks with his party and Obama, again

(CNN) - Saying that "we must get our fiscal house in order," Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he'll vote against raising the nation's debt ceiling unless it's married to a plan that addresses the nation's broader fiscal problems.

The announcement Monday by Manchin is the latest example of the governor-turned-senator who's up for re-election next year being at odds with his party and President Obama on fiscal matters.
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Palin visits Israel as she mulls presidential run
March 21st, 2011
08:13 AM ET
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Palin visits Israel as she mulls presidential run

JERUSALEM (CNN) - Following in the footsteps of several other Republicans considering a presidential bid, Sarah Palin was in Jerusalem Monday to meet with Israeli leaders.

"It feels wonderful and beautiful," Palin said during a nighttime visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall.
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, March 21, 2011
March 21st, 2011
04:40 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, March 21, 2011

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CNN: Obama works to shore up Arab support for Libyan airstrikes
President Obama and his national security team worked behind the scenes Sunday to try to shore up support within the Arab world for the military mission in Libya, with top White House aides reaching out to officials of the Arab League to insist the bombing does not exceed the scope of a U.N. mandate, according to senior administration officials. The senior officials described the Obama team's phone calls as making clear to the Arab League that bombing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses falls within the U.N. Security Council resolution's scope of imposing a no-fly zone and taking "all necessary measures" to stop the dictator from attacking civilians in his own country.

CNN: Obama barely mentions Libya as Boehner demands details
As the massive bombardment of Libya continued for a second day over 5,000 miles away from here, President Barack Obama delivered a speech that did not mention any specifics about the U.S. role in the military action despite Republican demands for him to better define the mission. "We’ve seen the people of Libya take a courageous stand against a regime determined to brutalize its own citizens," Obama said in a 25-minute address that only briefly mentioned Libya. "Across the region, we have seen young people rise up – a new generation demanding the right to determine their own future," added Obama. "From the beginning, we have made clear that the change they seek must be driven by their own people."

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