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In a confused message to President Obama, the House on Friday voted down both a bill to defund U.S. involvement in the Libya mission and a measure that would have granted the mission Congressional approval for one year.

All week, support had been building in the House for repudiating Obama's handling of the war with most concerns focused on his failure to consult Congress and gain its approval before authorizing airstrikes. But that movement fell short of sending the harshest rebuke at Congress' disposal -- cutting off funds -- although members registered their disapproval of the war and Obama's handling of it by failing to give it the Congressional seal of approval.

The final vote on the defunding bill was 180 in favor and 238 opposed. In the first vote, the House overwhelmingly voted down a bill that would have authorized U.S. military action in Libya for one year, 295 to 123.

The Senate has no plans to cut off funding, so the vote was largely symbolic, but it still constitutes a small victory for the President and his intervention in Libya and a sign of his support among the Democratic caucus amid a divisive debate about his decision to launch airstrikes in Libya without Congressional approval.

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President Obama launched a new federal initiative on Friday designed to stem the United States' precipitous decline in manufacturing.

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership initiative calls for a partnership between the federal government and private industry to develop key areas of emerging technologies that would make the U.S. environment more competitive and friendly to manufacturers.

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Updated at 1:55 p.m.

Two of the top Democrats in Congress are calling out their Republican counterparts for abandoning high-stakes debt talks, and have provided new details about the tax proposals that sent the GOP packing.

"To paraphrase speaker Boehner, this was not an adult moment," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on a conference call with reporters. "There needs to be revenues in any deal."

Schumer was not a member of the bipartisan debt discussion group led by Vice President Joe Biden. But Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) was, and on the call he explained the tax proposals Democrats tried to put on the table that the GOP rejected.

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Gov. Rick Perry's (R-TX) attempt to reach out to Hispanic voters for his possible presidential candidacy might not be off to the best start.

Perry spoke Thursday at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials annual conference in San Antonio. As McClatchy reports, Perry tried to steer clear of his strong opposition to illegal immigration, by speaking instead of his state's diversity, and how he has created opportunities for Latino-owned businesses, and appointed Latinos to judgeships and important positions in state government:

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The House has overwhelmingly voted down a bill that would have authorized U.S. military action in Libya after months of bipartisan outrage over President Obama's decision to launch military strikes in the North African country without the approval of Congress.

The vote, 295 to 123, did not break along traditional party lines. A majority of Republicans concerned about budget constraints and more generally diametrically opposed to Obama's agenda voted against the measure banding together with anti-war Democrats. Just eight Republicans voted for authorizing the Libya oepration: Reps. Charlie Dent (PA), David Dreier (CA), Steve King (IA), Peter King (NY), Thaddeus McCotter (MI), David Rivera (FL) and Mike Rogers (MI).

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Two members of the Hutaree militia have a hearing today to request modifications to their bond agreements with the federal government. Both David Stone Jr. and Jacob Ward want their electronic ankle bracelets removed, and now that Stone is 21-years-old, he wants to be allowed to drink too.

Federal officials said in a filing that they're cool with lifting the ban on consumption of alcohol and a stop to drug testing, but they wouldn't budge on the ankle bracelets.

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Underscoring the challenge Republican leaders in Congress will face when they have to round up votes to increase the debt limit -- and they will have to increase the debt limit -- the most influential conservative in their party is telling his colleagues, 'if you vote for it, you'll lose.'

"Based on what I can see around the country, not only are those individuals gone, but I would suspect the Republican Party would be set back many years," Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told ABC when asked about the looming vote.

DeMint is whipping Republicans to support a highly controversial Constitutional amendment requiring the government to maintain a balanced budget, and making tax increases functionally impossible as the price of voting to raise the debt limit. If not?

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