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What's Newt Gingrich's position on Libya? The answer might depend on what day you ask.

As ThinkProgress notes, Gingrich called for immediate strikes against Qadaffi earlier this month and aggressively condemned President Obama for his restraint.

"Exercise a no-fly zone this evening," Gingrich said on March 7 when asked for his policy prescription, adding the administration was "inept" in its reponse. "This is a moment to get rid of him. Do it. Get it over with."

But Gingrich appears to have had a change of heart since then and is now aggressively going after Obama for getting involved in Libya at all, telling The Today Show that he specifically "would not have intervened" and not "have used American and European forces" based on America's commitments elsewhere and the danger of creating a broad humanitarian justification for war.



Update: Gingrich responds on Facebook, after the jump.

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Three senior Senate Demorats are coming to President Obama's defense on his decision to seek international support before directing air strikes against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Sen. Dick Durbin (IL), the assistant majority leader, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (MI) and Sen. Jack Reed (RI), a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, gave the President a collective pat on the back for his diplomatic and military decisions on Libya in the last week in the face of harsh criticism from both sides of the aisle that Obama's handling of the Libyan crisis was too little too late and did not seek congressional approval for the military action.

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Could Republicans really hire Donald Trump to run for President?

In a CNN poll released today, self-identified Republican adults named the usual suspects as their top choices to represent the party in next year's presidential election. But behind Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin came business mogul and reality television host Donald Trump, placing fifth, just two points back of the former Alaska governor.

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Defending his decision to take down a mural at the Department of Labor building and change the name of conference rooms considered too pro-labor, a spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage released a faxed complaint comparing the art to North Korean propaganda.

"In this mural I observed a figure which closely resembles the former commissioner of labor," an anonymous fax given to the Portland Press Herald reads. "In studying the mural I also observed that this mural is nothing but propaganda to further the agenda of the Union movement. I felt for a moment that I was in communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses."

A spokeswoman for the governor, Adrienne Bennett, told TPM that while she didn't want to "give validity" to the specific sentiments in the fax, it was one of numerous complaints brought up by senior policy staff when the LePage administration took over the department.

"The message we want to send is 'We're here for you,' for job creators and employees," she said. "The decorum needs to represent neutrality."

Democrats and labor organizers slammed the decision on Wednesday, labeling it a cheap and unnecessary poke at unions.

"I think its horrible," Don Berry, head of the Maine AFL-CIO, told TPM. "It's Hollywood LePage. Right or wrong, he likes being in the spotlight."

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Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, who is seeking re-election in this swing state's now highly-polarized environment, is continuing to explain the poor relationships on the court, which resulted in the public recently learning that he called Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson "a total bitch" last year. As Prosser tells it, the liberal members have ganged up on him and created a "foul atmosphere" -- which, he said, will be solved once he is re-elected.

Prosser's campaign has hit a serious bump in the road, due to the recent stories about internal squabbles on the court. "I probably overreacted," Prosser recently told reporters. "But I think it was entirely warranted...They (Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley) are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing."

On Tuesday, as the Associated Press reports, Prosser and his opponent, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, attended a lunch forum hosted by the Dane County Bar Association. They were then each asked by the moderator how they would improve civility on the court:

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Setting aside the question of political wisdom, Anthony Weiner says he thinks the Supreme Court will strike the individual mandate in the health care law -- and practically welcomes it. That'll give Dems a second (third? fifth? tenth?) bite at the public option, he says.

So if an adverse court ruling is such a promising opportunity, why is he leading the charge to have Clarence Thomas recuse himself from health care reform lawsuits?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's first term in office is off to a rocky start. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that less than one third of registered voters approve of his job performance.

In the poll, just 30% of Ohio voters said they approved of Kasich's job performance, compared to 46% who said they disapproved. When Quinnipiac polled the state back in January, Kasich also posted a 30% approval rating. But at that time, just 22% of voters disapproved of his job performance, a number that has now more than doubled.

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On the one year anniversary of President Obama signing the health care overhaul into law, a new CNN poll finds that a a majority of Americans still oppose the law. Thirteen percent, however, say they wish the law was actually more liberal than it currently is.

The poll found that public opinion toward the law has changed little over the past year. Last March, a CNN poll showed that 39% of Americans supported the law, compared to 59% who opposed it. In the latest poll, support slipped to 37%, while opposition checked in at 59% again.

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