The House rejects a resolution to formally authorize a U.S. military intervention in Libya, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walks out of debt negotiations, three men are arrested before carrying out a terrorist plot in Seattle, and Qaddafi is ‘seriously considering’ fleeing Tripoli.
Also, the Ohio Senate and Pennsylvania House have passed legislation requiring voters to show photo ids at the polls, while North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a photo ID bill.
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(via POLITICO Breaking News) The House has rejected a resolution that would have formally authorized the U.S. military intervention in Libya, a rebuke of President Barack Obama’s policy in the north African country. The vote was 123-295. The House will also vote later Friday to cut off funding for the Libya conflict.
Cantor’s exit leaves debt talks up to Boehner, Obama to get deal, http://bit.ly/kjPC1q
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out on Vice President Biden’s negotiations over the debt yesterday. Leaders on both sides say the impasse is due to Republicans’ opposition to all tax hikes.
Accused Seattle attackers wanted media attention, http://bit.ly/mrCtJm
“Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody.” That’s the headline a pair of would-be-terrorists envisioned on the newspaper stands, had they not been arrested before they could carry it out. Seattle police foiled the plot after a third partner alerted the authorities.
Qaddafi ‘Seriously Considering’ Fleeing Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say, http://fxn.ws/il0th2
NATO forces have Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi on the ropes, with sources saying the leader is “seriously considering” fleeing Tripoli.
Pennsylvania House backs photo-ID bill for voters, http://bit.ly/igLSoC
After almost 10 hours of debate over three days, a bill passed in the Pennsylvania House that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe says the bill will cut down voter fraud; yet Democrats argue that voter fraud is not a problem, and that the bill will instead disfranchise thousands of eligible voters.
Perdue vetoes ID bill for N.C. voters, http://bit.ly/lsnIN3
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a photo ID bill yesterday, saying that “North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.” Her fellow Democrats argued that the Republican-passed measure would decrease voter participation.
Senate OKs elections revamp, http://bit.ly/j0Q9ME
The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that requires voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot. This bill will also shorten early voting, prohibit Franklin County and others from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots to all registered voters, and move the presidential primary from March to May.
Presidential Candidate Huntsman Opens Up HQ in Orlando, http://bit.ly/kS7yDO
GOP Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman isn’t taking the usual route to the nomination. He skipped the straw pole in first-in-the-nation Iowa, and is looking to New Hampshire to make his mark. He also opened a headquarters in Orlando, focusing his energies on the Florida primary. The presidential hopeful has said that he wants to target young voters.
Arrest Puts Spotlight on Brazen Hacking Group LulzSec, http://nyti.ms/iLIDTp
19-year-old Ryan Cleary of the UK has been accused of being a “young criminal mastermind” behind the actions of his hacking group “Lulz Security.” He reportedly has hacked British organized crime agency websites in an effort to protest and antagonize his targets.
Cavaliers make Irving No. 1 pick; Timberwolves take Williams No. 2, http://bit.ly/kK36mO
Oprah Winfrey Gets Schooled in South Africa, http://eonli.ne/kJqz7s
Hugh Hefner: Anna Sophia Berglund Is ‘One in a Million,’ http://bit.ly/mrRIae
The White House Pulls Colbert’s Naturalization Ceremony, http://bit.ly/m8WjKm
Supreme Court Rules Against Anna Nicole Smith Estate, http://aol.it/kdlgXn