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Afternoon Fix: Obama says no troops in Libya

at 05:00 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Obama says no troops in Libya; a Wisconsin judge halts Scott Walker’s union bill; a new contender in Virginia’s GOP Senate primary; and the DCCC beats the NRCC.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* President Obama announced this afternoon that the United States will join Great Britain and France in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya if there is no cease-fire, but Obama added that the United States will not deploy ground troops.

* A judge in Wisconsin has put a temporary hold on Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) bill seeking to strip public employee unions of collective bargaining rights, ruling that state Senate Republicans likely violated the state’s Open Meetings Law when they used an unusual maneuver to pass the bill.

* Wealthy businessman Tim Donner is considering entering the GOP Senate primary in Virginia against former Sen. George Allen.

* Democratic leaders in New York’s 26th congressional district are expected to nominate Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul on Sunday for the special election to be held May 24. State Assemblywoman Jane Corwin is the GOP, Conservative Party, and Independence Party nominee.

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised its GOP counterpart in February. The DCCC pulled in $5.2 million, compared to $4.9 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee. But Democrats still have nearly twice as much debt -- $17.3 million to $9.5 million.

* Former Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.), who was defeated in November, is joining the German Marshall Fund as a senior fellow in the group’s D.C. office.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Obama is starting to have a little fun with the birthers.

* Iowa’s redistricting commission will release its first proposed plan in two weeks.

* Vice President Biden will raise money for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) next week.

* Sarah Palin will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Naples, Fla.

* Obama is close to naming former Google CEO Eric Schmidt as the next Secretary of Commerce, according to Business Insider.

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