On the Radar: March 7, 2011

After loss, rebels tell of their setback against Gadhafi's superior arms
By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers
RAS LANOUF, Libya — Ibrahim Mohammed, 35, returned from fighting in the eastern Libyan city of Ben Jawad, convinced that he and his fellow ragtag forces had easily moved the rebels one city closer to the capital and to victory. Relieved, he jumped into his truck and drove 25 miles back from the frontline. Read more

To Quiet Critics, Romney Puts 2012 Focus on Jobs
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
As Mitt Romney travels the country lining up contributors and influential Republicans for a second presidential bid, he is presenting himself as a ready-to-lead executive, gambling that a fluency in economic matters distinguishes him from other candidates and can help overcome concerns about authenticity that dogged his first race. Read More

Spending Showdown in DC
With John Harwood, CNBC
The budget is the top of the week on Capitol Hill. View

Republicans looking for the anti-Romney
By Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times
President Obama launched a vicious, underhanded attack on one of the leading contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination last month: He praised former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for launching a state-administered healthcare plan. Read more

Obama, Jeb Bush make strange bedfellows at Florida school event
By James Oliphant and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
President Obama on Friday celebrated a South Florida experimental school project with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is blamed by many teachers in this state for threatening their jobs. Read more

Romney, novice no more, focuses on Obama, economy
By Liz Sidoti, Associated Press
This time, Mitt Romney has a clear pitch: I'm the strongest Republican to challenge President Barack Obama on the country's single biggest issue — the economy. Read more

Posted: Mon, 03/07/2011 - 3:44pm