FROM Scott Althaus
Obama, Libya's Gadhafi and America's Use of Force In last night's televised address to the nation, President Obama said Moammar Gadhafi threatened a "massacre" in rebel-held Benghazi that would have "stained the conscience of the world." 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…"
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?
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?