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Morning Rundown

03/02/11 07:33AM

Libya: Pro-Khaddafy forces have reportedly taken the rebel-controlled oil producing city of Al Brega, as the heat continues to ratchet up in the weeks-long clashes between the pro-democracy resistance and supporters of Khaddafy's beleaguered regime. This comes as American warships steer their hulls towards the Mediterranean, while the Obama administration delicately mulls potential military options there. read more

Morning Rundown

03/01/11 07:17AM

Libya: Despite countless reports, pictures and international outcry condemning his actions, Khaddafy insists he maintains control of Libya, brushing off the fact that his country is, by definition, amidst a civil war. As he continued military attacks against the very people he claims "love" him, opposition rebels collided with Khaddafi loyalists again Tuesday, still maintaining their hopes of taking Tripoli and ending his 42 year reign. read more

Governors v. Obama

02/28/11 04:40PM

Governors have historically been public officials presidents could turn to that didn't necessarily reflect tones of stark partisanship nationally, but this time around it seems they have been the President's ultimate foils. Florida Governor Rick Scott rejected billions in federal money for rail. Likewise, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill could strike a large blow to labor, one of the President's most reliable voting blocks (although Walker's supporters would argue the bill is for fiscal reasons not political ones). read more

WashSpeak: Down payment

02/28/11 11:28AM

Down payment is when lawmakers make a short-term decision in order to divert attention for the long-term decision they're avoiding.If you have some Washington Speak you'd like us to clarify- send us an email dailyrundown@msnbc.com. read more

Morning Rundown

02/28/11 09:52AM

Libya: The crisis in Libya continues its circuitous escalation from the realm of popular dissent to an armed conflict that has kept the region on edge, while vividly illustrating geopolitical economics by virtue of a crude lesson in supply and demand. read more

WashSpeak: Overwritten

02/25/11 11:12AM

Overwritten is a piece of journalism that is (allegedly) hyped or overblown.If you have some Washington Speak you'd like us to clarify- send us an email dailyrundown@msnbc.com. read more

Morning Rundown

02/25/11 06:24AM

Libya: Anti-Khaddafy forces are closing in on the leader's strongholds in Tripoli and calling for massive demonstrations today that could result in more violence. In other Libyan cities like Benghazi, what began as a chaotic insurrection is turning into a more organized and structured opposition, according to media reports. read more

TDR 101: Who is the Muslim Brotherhood?

02/24/11 02:35PM

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood has become a conservative talking point, but who, exactly, is the Muslim Brotherhood? That's the question we ask in this edition of Daily Rundown 101 - a new web video series aimed at further exploring a hot topic in the news. Here are some other resources for information and opinion on the group:Jayshree Bajoria, Council on Foreign Relations, Backgrounder: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Robert S. Leiken and Steven Brooke, The Moderate Muslim Brotherhood, Foreign Affairs Magazine Leslie H. read more

WashSpeak: Psy-op

02/24/11 11:56AM

According to the Army, psy-op or psychological operations is the dissemination of truthful information to foreign audiences in support of U.S. policy and national objectives.The Army says psy-ops rely on logic, fear, desire or other mental factors to promote specific emotions, attitudes or behaviors.If you have some Washington Speak you'd like us to clarify- send us an email dailyrundown@msnbc.com. read more

Morning Rundown

02/24/11 06:15AM

Libya: As Khaddafy attempts to further tighten his grip over the capital city of Tripoli, scores of foreigners are scrambling to find a way out of the country. Hundreds of Americans have boarded a ferry for Malta, but remain stuck in the harbor because of rough seas. read more

WashSpeak: AMCITS

02/23/11 11:09AM

AMCITS is the Washington way of saying American citizens. At the moment, the State Department is scrambling to get AMCITS out of Libya by chartered ferry out of Tripoli.If you have some Washington Speak you'd like us to clarify- send us an email dailyrundown@msnbc.com. read more

Morning Rundown

02/23/11 09:56AM

Libya: Protesters may have gained the upper hand in the eastern part of the country, but the whole of Libya remains precariously situated with Khaddafy attempting to tighten control as he continues to cling to power. The State Dept. read more

WashSpeak: ISI

02/22/11 11:37AM

The ISI or Inter-Services Intelligence is Pakistan's Intelligence Agency. Tensions are currently high between our CIA and the ISI after that shootout in the streets of Lahore, involving American Raymond Davis.If you have some Washington Speak you'd like us to clarify- send us an email dailyrundown@msnbc.com read more

Morning Rundown

02/22/11 06:34AM

Libya: In Libya, the scene on the ground continues to deteriorate. Last night, Moammar Khaddafy made a brief and bizarre, even for him, appearance on state television to illustrate that he had not left the country and has no intention of doing so. It appears this could be the end of the Libyan dictator's forty-year rule. It cannot come soon enough for the protesters in Tripoli, who say Khaddafy loyalists are waging an all-out massacre to clamp down on demonstrations.The violence is creating major fluctuations in the price of oil that will be felt all over the world. read more

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