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Lawmakers say Libya gives allies a chance to prove themselves

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, a California Republican who was an early supporter of The White House decision to intervene in Libya, has written a letter to President Obama saying that he must now allow the U.S.'s international partners to show they can step up and pull duty as international peacekeepers.

Floridians souring on governor, poll says

The number of Florida voters who disapprove of Gov. Rick Scott has more than doubled in two months, with almost half now saying they don't think he's doing a good job, a new poll says. Results of Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday show that 48 percent of Sunshine State voters disapprove of Scott, compared with a 22 percent disapproval rate in a Quinnipiac from early February.

Federal shutdown would stop tax audits

There's at least one government function some taxpayers might not miss in a government shutdown: IRS tax audits. A senior administration official, briefing reporters on potential effects of a shutdown, said "the performance of tax audits will be shut down or suspended for this period."

McCain to 2012 field: Come clean early

Sen. John McCain, offering advice to those looking to succeed him as the Republican standard-bearer in 2012, said the GOP's field of White House hopefuls should confront whatever albatrosses are hanging around their necks early.

Mikulski to Gillibrand: Pay attention to me!

An impassioned Sen. Barbara Mikulski got testy with fellow Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Wednesday morning when the Maryland Democrat felt she was being ignored while pleading on the Senate floor to head off a government shutdown.

Tea Party Nation: Sen. Scott Brown threw us 'under the bus'

It may be April Fools' Day, but the leader of Tea Party Nation isn't joking around when he says Sen. Scott Brown has thrown tea partiers "under the bus," a little more than a year after the Massachusetts Republican became the darling of the movement by winning the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts.

Canada, Colombia pact coming July 1

Colombia is set to implement a trade agreement with Canada this summer while a similar pact the South American country signed with the United States more than four years ago languishes in Washington.

NASCAR driver backs tea party

NASCAR drivers are known for their left turns, but at least one of them is just as comfortable with the right. Driver Chris Lafferty is teaming up with TheTeaParty.net as a sponsor of the #89 truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which kicks off July 4.

McConnell: No rush for Syrian intervention

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says there is no appetite in Congress for U.S. military or humanitarian intervention in Syria, where the country's cabinet resigned Tuesday amid increasingly public discontent over the authoritarian rule of President Bashar Assad.