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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is demanding detailed answers from President Obama on the scope and objective of U.S. military action in Libya and his plans for removing Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi from power if he does not voluntarily step down in the next few days.

In a letter (read it here) to the White House sent Wednesday afternoon, Boehner asks Obama to outline the "scope, objective and purpose of the mission in Libya and how it will be achieved."

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There's definitely no Republican presidential contender for whom the one-year anniversary of the Democratic health care reform bill is more important than Mitt Romney. Under attack for the similar health care reform measure he signed into law while governor of Massachusetts, Romney's been trying to establish himself as the most anti-health care reform law kinda-sorta candidate in the race.

Late last night, Romney took a new tack: I'll kill Obamacare as much as I can on my very first day in office if I'm president.

"If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states," he wrote in the National Review. "The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health-care solutions that work best for them."

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and businessman Herman Cain addressed a rally of home-schooling activists today in Des Moines, Iowa, a key venue for potential Republican presidential candidates.

"I'm a seventh-generation Iowan," Bachmann boasted, CNN reports. Bachmann was born in Iowa, and her family moved to Minnesota when she was a child. She also added: "What I love about Iowans is that we're fighters."

"It's up to you to decide. It is not up to some bureaucrat to decide what is best for your children," she also said, the Des Moines Register reports. "I am so tired of the establishment telling us that they know best."

Paul and Cain also had a lot to say on the subject.

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Former Sen. John Warner (R-VA) appeared via telephone on MSNBC this afternoon, for a brief interview to discuss the passing of his former wife, the late actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Warner, who was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and retired in 2008, was married to Taylor from 1976-1982.

"We were friends to the end," said Warner, in an interview with Andrea Mitchell. "And likewise my children and her children were bonded, and my children are going to attend the services in California. So I look at this whole ending with a sense of humility and gratitude."

Warner recounted how Taylor had been his "partner" to support him in his unlikely 1978 victory -- when he initially lost the Republican nomination at the state convention, then was given the nomination nine weeks before election day, after his previous rival died in a plane crash.

He praised Taylor as a "great woman," and also discussed how they had kept in close contact regarding her activism for HIV/AIDS awareness, and his votes in the Senate. "And I would say, 'I'm with you.'"

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In December, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) looked shaky heading into her 2012 reelection bid. One poll found her barely leading a slate of potential Republican challengers. But now, Stabenow's poll numbers have rebounded: a new PPP poll shows her leading her potential rivals by double-digits.

That turnaround comes at the same time that Michigan's new Republican Governor, Rick Snyder, has seen his approval rating slide, after his push for a controversial proposal that would give him the authority to appoint emergency managers in struggling cities, a proposal one supporter likened to "financial martial law."

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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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