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On Senate floor, Marco Rubio calls for assassination of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi listen

06/28/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S. Senate is taking up the question about whether President Barack Obama is acting within the law by ordering U.S. involvement in the NATO attack on Libya. On the Senate floor, Florida’s junior U.S. Senator Marco Rubio blamed Obama for how NATO’s war on Libya is going.

"Only when the Gadhafi mercenaries were on the outskirts of Bengazi threatening to massacre thousands of innocent civilians did the President finally agree to participate. But even that was botched. First we ceded...

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"Obama, we're at war. Stop insulting us."

06/17/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we highlighted a blog written by Stephen Walt, a professor of international affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government which calls out the Obama administration for its denial that that the US is involved in yet another war - this time in Libya.

The White House issued a 30-page report this week arguing that our current military action there is legal and does not require congres...

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U.S. House passes Boehner's Libya resolution, but not Kucinich's listen

06/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S. Constitution requires that only Congress may declare war. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 gives the President permission to defend the country without pre-approval from Congress if the country or its allies are in danger. But it still requires action from Congress within 60 days. But President Barack Obama has done none of those things regarding the U.S. involvement in NATO bombing of Libya. Today the U.S. House debated what to do about it and considered two competing resolutions. ...

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Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders listen

05/19/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Israel's prime minister has rejected that, saying return to the borders before Israel occupied the Palestinian territories would spell disaster for the Jewish state.

Obama outlined U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa in a speech today.

"T...

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US predator drones in combat patrols over Libya listen

04/22/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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U.S. unmanned Predator drones are now providing 24-hour combat air patrols over Libya.

President Barack Obama approved the use of armed drones on ground forces for the first time since America turned over control of the operation to NATO on April 4th.

At a news conference in Iraq, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen says it remains to be seen whether Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will remain in power.

"From a strategic perspective, I think the clearer the long te...

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NATO looking into reports of air strikes causing civilian deaths listen

03/31/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The new NATO commander of the international military operation in Libya says he's looking into reports that air strikes on Tripoli have killed at least 40 civilians. Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, a Canadian now heading the international operation, noted the alleged incident happened before NATO took command early Thursday.

"I am aware of this report. It is a news report and I appreciate the source of the news report. I take every one of those issues seriously, in fact, however our ...

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Obama proposes nuclear as one way to reduce dependence on imported oil listen

03/30/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Seeking to show the public he understands the burden of rising gas prices, President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, and vowed to break through the political gridlock that has stymied similar initiatives for decades.

Obama touted a series of initiatives - some new, but many he's previously announced - that he said would boost domestic oil production, increase the use of biofuels and natural gas, and make vehicles more energy efficient. ...

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Attacks on Libya have cost U.S. taxpayers $550 million so far listen

03/29/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A U.S. defense official says U.S. ships and submarines unleashed a barrage of cruise missiles at Libyan missile storage facilities in the Tripoli area late yesterday and early today.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military details, said 22 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from the Mediterranean - the most in at least several days.

The Pentagon says the military intervention in Libya has cost the United States about $550 million so far, beyond what it ...

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US to lead attacks on Libya until at least Saturday listen

03/23/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is ruling out a land invasion of Libya to force Moammar Gadhafi out. Obama told the television network Univision that an invasion is absolutely out of the question.

"What this is is a very specific military action that's time limited, that is in support of an international effort to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Libya. And to establish a no-fly zone so that Gadhafi cannot use his forces against his own people. We've been successful in pushing his forces back so t...

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Both crew from US fighter jet that crashed over Libya have been rescued but civilians may have been killed listen

03/22/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Heavy anti-aircraft fire is lighting up the skies over Tripoli and the sound of loud explosions is echoing through the Libyan capital after nightfall.

A U.S. official says both the crew of an F-15 fighter jet that crashed yesterday in Libya are safe and back in American hands.

The official said a Marine Corps Osprey search and rescue aircraft retrieved the pilot. He says the second crew member, a weapon's officer, was recovered by Libyan rebel forces and is now in U.S hands.

The cras...

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