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Has President Obama finally done the "right thing" by leading a UN coalition against Moammar Gadhafi? Are the coalition's objectives clear? Will the Arab world see another western effort to seize Middle Eastern oil? Also, AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile would create the biggest wireless carrier in America. Would it reshape the industry?

Banner image: A Tornado GR4 aircraft takes off as another waits on the runway at Royal Air Force Marham on March 21, 2011 in England. The Pentagon says US and UK military forces have fired more than 110 missiles, with French planes attacking pro-Gadhafi forces near rebel-held Benghazi. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Making News Allied Attacks on Libya Continue for a Second Day 12 MIN, 30 SEC

Coalition forces say their goal is to protect Libyan civilians against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, and commanding general Carter Ham says that progress is being made. Ham says he doesn't know Gadhafi's location, but that missiles have struck near his compound in Tripoli, Libya's capital city. We get an update from Colum Lynch of the Washington Post and David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times.

Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy Magazine (@columlynch)
David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times (@ddknyt)

Power, Profit and Prestige

Philip S. Golub

Main Topic What's the End Game for the Attack on Libya? 33 MIN, 11 SEC

After weeks of backing away from military action, the Obama Administration suddenly signed on to the United Nations effort in Libya. The massive attack on Libya began after the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Friday authorizing "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians, short of putting western boots on the ground. Today, the US Commanding General, Carter Ham, says that's still the mission, and that the coalition is not supporting forces opposed to Moammar Gadhafi. But what is the ultimate goal? Is it to topple Gadhafi? Can the rebels do that alone? What if he's able to hold on to power? What's the role of the Arab League, Britain and France? Is the Administration itself divided? 

James Foley, GlobalPost
Philip Golub, American Universitiy of Paris (@AUPtweets)
Steve Clemons, New America Foundation / The Atlantic (@SCClemons)
Paul Salem, Middle East Institute
David Rothkopf, FP Group (@djrothkopf)

Power, Profit and Prestige

Philip S. Golub

Reporter's Notebook What Does AT&T / T-Mobile Merger Mean for Your Cell Service? 5 MIN, 19 SEC

AT&T has purchased T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion. It if gets regulatory approval, the merger will create the biggest wireless carrier left in the US. The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile will have 130 million customers in the US, a third more than Verizon and more than twice as many as Sprint Nextel, the only two others left. Parul Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, considers the consequences for consumers.

Parul Desai, Consumers Union

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