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Hillary Clinton has been invited to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Libya next week, and if committee Chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's (R-FL) recent statements are to be believed, she'll face some tough questions as to just why America has taken military action. But it's unclear just what Ros-Lehtinen's own position on Libya is, having apparently shifted between support and opposition for military operations over the last month.

Before President Obama joined an international effort to defend Libyan rebels under siege with air attacks on Qaddafi's forces, Ros-Lehtinen unambiguously backed a no-fly zone with a specific mission of protecting Libyan civilians under attack by the regime.

In a February 26 press release, she said that "stronger penalties must be imposed in order to hold the regime accountable for its heinous crimes, and to prevent further violence against the Libyan people. Additional U.S. and international measures should include the establishment and enforcement of a no-fly zone, a comprehensive arms embargo, a travel ban on regime officials, immediate suspension of all contracts and assistance which benefit the regime, and the imposition of restrictions on foreign investment in Libya, including in Libya's oil sector."

Ros-Lehtinen's support for a no-fly zone likely came as little surprise given her harsh condemnation of Qaddafi only days earlier.

"The United States and all responsible nations should show in both word and deed that we condemn the Libyan regime's actions and that we will not tolerate such blatant disregard for human life and basic freedoms," she said in a statement on February 22.

But her position appeared to shift dramatically over the ensuing days, and by the time the UN passed a no-fly zone resolution, she was arguing that "the case has not been made for me to be satisfied that this is the right move for the United States at this time," according to an interview with CBS Miami on March 19, the same day military action against the Qaddafi regime began.

"The bottom line is you've gotta ask what is the U.S. security interest in getting involved in Libya," Ros-Lehtinen said in that interview. "Because there's unrest everywhere. Today its Libya, tomorrow it will be somewhere else."

She cited the cost of the war as another major concern, saying that "we are broke and that's why we have to be selective about where we're going and why we're going."

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by Marian Wang ProPublica

Multinational companies operating in Libya have had to deal with many obstacles, including a government rife with corruption that often asked for what amounted to bribes.

Sometimes those companies balked; sometimes they paid them, New York Times reported today.

The Times story doesn't actually mention the word "bribes," using instead the phrase "payoffs to keep doing business." U.S. companies are barred from paying bribes to foreign officials and governments by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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The legal battle over Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) new law curtailing public employee unions could be heading straight to the state Supreme Court --  a move that would bypass the normal appeals courts and expedite the whole process, if the state Supreme Court consented to do so -- and just as a high-stakes election for that court is going on, which is turning in part on the political fallout from that bill.

Last week, a judge in Dane County (Madison) blocked the law on procedural grounds, saying that a key conference committee used to advance the bill -- and to circumvent the state Senate Dems' walkout from the state -- had violated the state open-meetings law by failing to give proper 24-hours notice. State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) then announced that he would appeal the temporary restraining order against the bill, and he and his rival Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (D) filed their relevant motions with the appeals court this week.

Now, the appeals court has formally requested that the state Supreme Court take up the appeal. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

The move puts the issue squarely before the Supreme Court less than two weeks before Justice David Prosser faces re-election April 5. It is at the high court's discretion on whether it takes the case. Even if it takes the case, it wasn't immediately clear how quickly the court could act.

Almost seven in ten American adults say they'd be fine with a mosque in their community, according to a CNN poll.

That finding comes just weeks after another poll found that barely half of Americans believed Muslims in the U.S. supported America, and after Rep. Peter King (R-NY) held controversial hearings into the radicalization of American Muslims. Meanwhile, several states, including Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia have considered bills to ban Sharia Law.

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If the health care reform law were to disappear tomorrow, Dallas Wiens would be in trouble.

Earlier this week, in a 15-hour procedure, Boston surgeons grafted a donor's face onto Wiens' skull. Weins is a 25-year-old boom lift operator from Texas who came into contact with a live electrical wire, costing him his lips, nose, and eyes and leaving him severely disfigured.

The Department of Defense covered the cost of the surgery through a grant to Brigham and Women's Hospital, where the surgery was performed -- an investment the military hopes will pay off in new surgical techniques that will benefit wounded soldiers. But all the Pentagon's largesse would have been for naught without the new health care law.

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While Tim Pawlenty is out and about making his run for the White House official, Mitt Romney is on the road setting out his plan to win the Republican nomination when (and "if") he gets in.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Romney has met with big donors in big cities across the country in recent days, including 100-donor meeting at New York City's Harvard Club today. Romney is urging each of his backers to raise "to raise between $25,000 and $50,000" in the next 90 days. That will give Romney a nice financial foundation to launch a campaign from.

And, according to reports from the meetings, Team Romney is telling supporters most of that money will be spent in places that are not the early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina.

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Just 47% of Americans approve of the U.S. intervention in Libya, the lowest level of support for an American military campaign in at least 30 years, according to a Gallup poll of adults nationwide released this week.

In addition, 37% of respondents said they disapproved of the military intervention in Libya.

This marks the first time that Gallup has not found a majority of Americans initially approving of a president's use of military force in a foreign country, a data set that dates back to 1983, when President Reagan sent troops into Grenada.

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I just spoke with Minnesota Republican Party chairman Tony Sutton, who is faced with an interesting situation: Heading up a state party that could have not one, but two native candidates for president.

Earlier this week, former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced that he was forming an exploratory committee. And today, it was reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann, a national star of the Tea Party movement, plans to create an exploratory committee by June if not earlier.

"Well, I think it's great for Minnesota that we have two people who are, you know, considering runs for the presidency," said Sutton. "That's fantastic, an embarrassment of riches for Minnesota."

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A new Pew poll of Republican adults shows that Mitt Romney is the top choice among voters who identify with the Tea Party to win the Republican presidential nomination.

In addition, the poll showed Romney tied with Mike Huckabee as the top choice among conservative voters, a crucial demographic in Republican primaries, and one which Romney has previously struggled to court. When combined with Romney's strong performance with more moderate Republicans, the survey shows the former Massachusetts Governor with a broad support base.

Pew's poll, it should be noted, has a very small sample size of just 260 Republicans, and a high 7.5% margin of error.

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