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Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* Congress may hold a vote next week on Obama’s Libya mission, suggesting that bipartisan anger at Obama’s failure to adequately consult Congress isn’t going away.

* An interesting battle worth watching: Eric Cantor communications director Brad Dayspring dukes it out with the Obama administration over Cantor’s proposal that we allow corporations to temporarily shift profits back into the United States at a lower tax rate so they can invest them in our economy.

* The blast from Cantor’s office is in response to this from the Treasury Department arguing that a so-called “repatriation tax holiday” would be a distraction from pursuing long term tax reform. Keep an eye on this one.

* Christina Romer tears into the evolving Washington consensus that federal spending to create jobs is either undesirable or destined to fail:

“I frankly don’t understand why policy makers aren’t more worried about the suffering of real families. I think there are tools we have that we can use, and I think it’s shameful that we’re not using them.”

* Dem Rep Anthony Weiner, giving voice to a fear among liberals, predicts the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate — but insists it will end up paving the way for the public option.

* Counterintuitive take of the day: Former Reagan assistant defense secretary Lawrence Korb on why Obama has handled Libya exactly right.

* Tweet of the day, from David Axelrod, on Mitt Romney’s vow that his first act as president will be to sign an executive order waiving all states from having to comply with the health reform law:

“I’m not going comment either way until he lands on his final position.”

* Poor Romney: No sooner does he roll out his new waver stunt than a National Review writer jumps all over him for not saying his first act as president will be to immediately repeal health reform. Good stuff.

* Also, as Steve Benen points out, Obama has already endorsed the sort of state-based flexibility Romney says he wants. The only difference is that Obama is insisting that state initiatives cover as many people as the federal one does, a condition that doesn’t interest Romney at all.

* Newt Gingrich struggles mightily to clarify his Libya flip-flop.

* Scott Walker pointed to emails to his office to claim public support for his rollback of bargaining rights, but it turns out emails were actually running heavily against it.

* DailyKos launches an ad campaign pillorying Wisconsin GOP state senator Randy Hopper over the tale of the Walker administration getting his mistress a job at a 35 percent raise, another sign of how heavily invested the left is in the Wisconsin recall drives.

* Whoops: The conservative Heritage Foundation’s comm director Tweets that Obama and Joe Biden are remaining silent about health reform’s first anniversary, only moments before Biden goes out with a long email to millions of supporters about ... health reform’s first anniversary.

* Worth watching: House Dems crank up the pressure on Obama to stand firm against the GOP drive to defund NPR.

*And the head-spinner of the day: The Rove-founded Crossroads GPS has launched a new initiative devoted to demanding more transparency from the Obama administration even though it won’t disclose its own donors.

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By  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/23/2011

 
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