President Obama and the Case for Military Intervention in Libya
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Last night, President Obama laid out his rationale for military action in Libya. Today, the US and coalition partners met to strategize before NATO takes over tomorrow. We hear details and different reactions. On Reporter's Notebook, will the US Supreme Court approve the biggest class-action suit in US legal history?
Banner image: President Obama at the National Defense University, White House Photo: Pete Souza
International Representatives Meet in London to Discuss Libya ()
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in London today to get what she called "a clearer picture" of Libyan rebels and meet with international partners on what to do next. She talked about "efforts to project civilians and to meet humanitarian needs, and about the ongoing coalition military action in support of resolution 1973. We also discussed the need for a political solution and transition in Libya." Vivienne Walt is in London for Time magazine.
Obama, Libya's Gadhafi and America's Use of Force ()
Government forces and Libyan rebels traded rocket fire today as Moammar Gadhafi continued to defy international demands for a cease-fire. Hillary Clinton is in London with more than 40 nations and international groups making plans for non-military efforts at rebel support and regime change. Last night, in a televised address, President Obama laid out what's being called a new "doctrine." He said the US had a "unique ability to stop the violence, an international mandate and a plea for help from the Libyan people themselves." He also said removing Gadhafi by force is not an option, even though regime change is Administration policy. Is this selective use of American power really a "doctrine?" Does it give Gadhafi a chance to stay? Is it abandonment of strong leadership or a prudent adjustment to an increasingly complex world?
- Charles Kupchan: formerly, National Security Council, @CFR_org
- Salem Elhassi: Libyan opposition
- Laura Rozen: Yahoo News, @lrozen
- Michael Hirsh: National Journal, @michaelphirsh
- Scott Althaus: University of Illinois
Super-Sized WalMart Class Action Case before Supreme Court ()
Crowds began to form outside the US Supreme Court building at two this morning Washington time, in hopes of getting into the courtroom for arguments about the rules for class-action lawsuits. The issue involves as many as one million women who have worked for America's largest retailer. A federal appeals court has ruled that WalMart's female employees can sue as a class, and that's the issue the Supreme Court has agreed to decide. Robert Barnes covers the court for the Washington Post.
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