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Republicans such as Richard Lugar and Roscoe Bartlett are questioning the U.S. intervention, but so are Democrats Jim Webb and Dennis Kucinich.
President Obama said that "it is U.S. policy that Gadhafi has to go." But, he said, the international air campaign has a more limited goal -- to protect civilians.
Carlos Pascual's resignation came amid increased tensions between the United States and Mexico after Pascual's criticism of anti-drug efforts were made public.
"For nearly two years, there has been a campaign of intimidation and abuse. Young and old; men and women; rich and poor – the Iranian people have been persecuted."
The U.S. and its allies struck back against the forces of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi after his government failed to observe an immediate ceasefire.
President Obama called Christopher a "skilled diplomat, a steadfast public servant and a faithful American." Christopher also served as a senior adviser to Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
The president is seeking to strengthen economic ties with the region's growing economies, especially Brazil.
Newt Gingrich says President Obama is acting like the "spectator in chief instead of the commander in chief."
The president said "turmoil and tragedy around the globe" can affect America's prosperity and underscore the importance of maintaining close economic relations with neighboring countries.
'We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States, whether it's the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska, or U.S. territories in the Pacific,' Obama said in an address from the Rose Garden.
Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, plans to meet with Israel's conservative prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny will celebrate the saint's day at the White House, but he also came to Washington to rebuild his nation's tarnished economic reputation.
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