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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* Getting worse: Legal scholars are now sharply questioning Obama’s decision to bypass the advice of his own lawyers in not seeking Congressional authorization for the Libya operation.

* But John Kerry and John McCain are crafting a resolution authorizing Obama to continue the mission without authorization, a big boost to the White House.

* The debate over Libya could be long and contentious, with multiple other senators planning their own resolutions to force this confrontation to a head.

* Everybody is linking this top Marine officer’s tough talk to fellow Marines on the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, and for good reason:

“How dare we, then, exclude a group of people who want to do the same thing you do right now, something that is honorable and noble?...Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines.”

* Obama’s speech on his Afghanistan drawdown plan is set for tomorrow night, and every news org is confidently reporting a completely different version of what he’ll propose.

* Ben Smith notes that Obama’s speech could pressure the 2012 GOP candidates to step up their hawkery and stop flirting with withdrawal, since the base will likely demand it.

* Which could create an interesting dilemma for them, since Pew finds that for the first time, a majority wants withdrawal as quickly as possible.

* Interestingly, the largest rise in opposition to the Afghan war is among Dems and Republicans who agree with the Tea Party, which suggests there may be space for an anti-war isolationist Republican.

* That may help explain why the newly-declared Jon Huntsman is sticking to his sensible willingness to entertain limits on American power: “Definitely, get American troops out faster.”

* Apparently political media figures have decided Huntsman’s their crush-of-the-moment, but they don’t get to decide who will become the 2012 nominee.

* Eric Cantor says both sides are now confronting the major hot-button issues in the deficit talks, but reiterates that everything is on the table — exept tax hikes.

* On gay rights, John Aravosis asks: “Did Obama nudge history, or did history nudge him?

* Andrew Sullivan, commenting on Obama’s “evolving” position on gay marriage, says it’s perfectly in keeping with his presidential style of presiding over change rather than leading it.

* And for some reason, the leader of Wisconsin state senate Republicans is not a fan of the state’s recall law and wants to roll it back. Too late!

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