Obama Newser Preview

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 9:12am

Preview of President Obama's White House news conference today.

Asked about Libya's military strength, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, tells Congress "I think over the longer term that the regime will prevail."

Khaddafy wins?

Not the message lawmakers want to hear. One suggested the director resign. The White House backed off his message a bit, but backed its intelligence chief.

White House Spokesman Jay Carney says "what Director Clapper stated what is true, that Colonel Qaddafi is hunkering down; we all know that."

The U.S. has cut ties with Libya's embassy here and is talking with rebel leaders.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says "we think all of this is adding up to significant pressure."

Disruptions in Libya's oil production continue to raise gas prices here. And now, Republicans are blaming the Obama Administration for making prices worse.

House Speaker John Boehner says "they're imposing these EPA regs on American businesses that are going to sharply increase the cost of energy in America"

With Libya on the brink of war and the U.S. in limbo about what to do, the focus of today's news conference will likely be the effects here at home.

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