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Published: 04/22/11

McCain: Increase Military Support to Libyan Rebels

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McCain: Increase Military Support to Libyan Rebels

BENGHAZI, Libya -- U.S. Sen. John McCain called for increased military support for Libya's rebels Friday, including weapons, training and stepped-up airstrikes, in a full-throated endorsement of the opposition in its fight to oust Moammar Gadhafi. In the Libyan capital, meanwhile, a senior official said government troops would step back and allow local armed tribesmen to deal with rebels in the besieged city of Misrata. The action came a day after the U.S. began flying armed drones to bolster NATO airstrikes, and having the tribesmen take up the fight could make it harder for the Predators...

Published: 04/2/11

As US Eases Off in Libya, Gadhafi Holds On

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As US Eases Off in Libya, Gadhafi Holds On

WASHINGTON - Two weeks after a dark-of-night barrage of mostly U.S. missiles and bombs opened the international air assault on Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, the American combat role is ending, the rag-tag rebels are reeling and the Pentagon is betting its European allies can finish the job. Gadhafi is still standing, with a few uncertain signs that his inner circle could crack. The Obama administration is hoping that if Gadhafi's government doesn't implode soon, a relentless campaign of airstrikes on his tanks, air defenses and most trusted army units will at least weaken his ability to survive a...

Published: 04/1/11

US Pulling Tomahawk Missiles Out of Libya Combat

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US Pulling Tomahawk Missiles Out of Libya Combat

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon will soon stop firing Tomahawk cruise missiles against Libya, in addition to pulling its attack planes out of the international air campaign, two U.S. defense officials said Friday. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Thursday announced in congressional testimony the decision to withdraw U.S. combat aircraft from the NATO-commanded mission as of this coming Sunday. They made no mention of putting the Tomahawk-firing ships and subs on standby as well. But the U.S. officials, speaking on condition of...

Published: 03/31/11

Gates: Other Nations Should Arm Libyan Rebels

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Gates: Other Nations Should Arm Libyan Rebels

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. should avoid developing a closer relationship with Libyan opposition forces, defense leaders said Thursday, telling an often hostile Congress that foreign nations must now take over airstrike responsibilities and any effort to train and equip the rebels. With the U.S. role in Libya at a turning point, the next critical decision is how, if at all, the U.S. chooses to support the opposition forces, particularly in the face of the ongoing budget crisis at home. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he is opposed to arming the rebels, a step his boss President Barack Obama...

Published: 03/30/11

US Considers 'All Types' of Help for Libyan Rebels

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US Considers 'All Types' of Help for Libyan Rebels

WASHINGTON -- The White House said Wednesday it is assessing options for "all types of assistance" to Libyan rebels battling Moammar Gadhafi's troops, while frustrated lawmakers quoted senior Obama administration officials as saying the U.S. military's role will be limited. "No decision has been made about providing arms to the opposition or to any groups in Libya," said White House press secretary Jay Carney. "We're not ruling it out or ruling it in." Fresh battlefield setbacks are hardening a U.S. view that the poorly equipped opposition is probably incapable of prevailing without decisive...

Published: 03/26/11

US Considers More Firepower to Hit Gadhafi Forces

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US Considers More Firepower to Hit Gadhafi Forces

WASHINGTON -- Even after a week of U.S.-led air strikes, forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are a potent threat to civilians, say Pentagon officials who are considering expanding the firepower and airborne surveillance systems in the military campaign. "Every day, the pressure on Gadhafi and his regime is increasing," President Barack Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, aired just after Libyan rebels regained control of the eastern city of Ajdabiya. It was the first major turnaround in an uprising that once appeared on the verge of defeat. Obama also...

Published: 03/24/11

Ed Harris to Play John McCain in HBO's 'Game Change'

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Ed Harris to Play John McCain in HBO's 'Game Change'

Actor Ed Harris has been cast as John McCain in the upcoming HBO movie, "Game Change." The "A Beautiful Mind" actor has signed on to play the former Republican presidential nominee in the film, which follows the 2008 election and is based on a book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Harris will join Julianne Moore, who has already been tapped to play the role of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Getty Images Actor Ed Harris, right, has been cast as Sen. John McCain in HBO's "Game Change." "Game Change" is being directed by Jay Roach, written by Danny Strong and produced...

Published: 03/7/11

Sarah Palin Family Jokes; 7 Kathy Griffin Punch Lines [VIDEOS]

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Sarah Palin Family Jokes; 7 Kathy Griffin Punch Lines [VIDEOS]

The mama grizzly's mad. In a weekend interview on Fox News, Sarah Palin finally responded to comedian Kathy Griffin, who has mined the Palin family for material since they landed on the national stage in 2008. Griffin is preparing for an upcoming guest spot on "Glee," in a role that's reportedly based loosely on Palin. The former governor's take? "She's a 50-year-old adult bully," Palin said, "kind of a has-been comedienne." Ouch. Watch: And, in case you missed any of the cracks, here's a brief rundown of Griffin's jokes at the Palin family's expense. 1. On owing Sarah Palin "a muffin...

Published: 03/7/11

Gadhafi Steps Up Airstrikes; West Weighs Rebels' Plea for No-Fly Zone

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Gadhafi Steps Up Airstrikes; West Weighs Rebels' Plea for No-Fly Zone

Western allies are weighing military options against Libya, including a no-fly zone over the country, after forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi unleashed a weekend of furious air assaults against rebels fighting his regime. At the White House today, President Barack Obama warned that Gadhafi's supporters "will be held accountable for whatever violence continues to take place," The Associated Press reported. "We've got NATO consulting in Brussels around a wide range of potential options, including potential military options, in response to the violence that continues to take place in Libya,"...

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