(CNN) - Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania on Tuesday criticized President Obama's approach to the ongoing situation in Libya.
Appearing on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," the potential 2012 candidate said Obama has been "disengaged" and should have acted earlier to institute a no-fly zone in the African country.
"The president hesitated, not even hesitated, he did nothing. He sort of sat back, made no comment," Santorum said. "He really missed an opportunity to be a positive force."
San Salvador, El Salvador (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed hope that Libya's opposition movement, given new protection by a U.S.-led military mission, can organize itself to revive broad enthusiasm for political change and oust Moammar Gadhafi from power.
In a 13-minute interview with CNN's Spanish-language network, Obama said the immediate goal of the U.N.-sanctioned military mission that began Saturday was to prevent an onslaught of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi by Gadhafi's military.FULL STORY
San Salvador, El Salvador (CNN) - In the end, President Barack Obama apparently decided that photos of himself touring historic remnants of a collapsed society might not be the best image for a commander in chief fending off charges even from Democrats that his Libya policy is in shambles.
The controversy over the decision to use U.S. military force has gotten so intense that at a news conference here Tuesday, Obama calmly pushed back at his critics by declaring the effort to stem the humanitarian crisis in Libya has paid important dividends by avoiding a massacre of civilians.FULL STORY
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama is cutting his Latin America trip short by a few hours to tend to the ongoing situation in Libya.
The president was scheduled to depart San Salvador for Andrews Air Force Base at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday after visiting San Salvador's Metropolitan Cathedral to see a famous tomb and touring the nearby San Andres Mayan ruins.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Scott Brown said Tuesday he disagrees with the Republican House effort to cut off support for Planned Parenthood as part of the ongoing budget negotiations.
"I support family planning and health services for women. Given our severe budget problems, I don't believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts," the Massachusetts senator said in a statement. "However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far. As we continue with our budget negotiations, I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate."
(CNN) Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown is calling for a special election on July 7th, where voters will decide between tax extensions or to double up on cuts in state services, in an effort to combat budget woes plaguing the state.
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(CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is pressing forward with its "Drive to 25" campaign to win 25 House seats in 2012. Tuesday the DCCC announced the release of newspaper ads, e-mail, and recorded phone call initiatives that hit House Republicans on Budget Chair Paul Ryan's aim to include cuts to entitlement programs in the budget coming from the majority party.
The ad isolates ten House districts including Ryan, eight freshmen congressmen including Tea Party darlings Allen West of Florida as well as Wisconsin's Sean Duffy, and 21-term veteran Bill Young of Florida. The DCCC did not respond to requests on how large their ad buy is.