Briefly: U.S. Still Flying Strike Missions in Libya; Catholic Colleges Tied to Planned Parenthood?

By Susan Jones | April 14, 2011 | 10:57 AM EDT

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U.S. Still Dropping Bombs on Libya
From Fox News: The U.S. military has continued to drop ordnance on Muammar Qaddafi's air defense systems in Libya since the handover of operations to NATO on April 4, despite recent assurances from the Obama administration that the U.S. "strike" mission is over -- available only upon NATO's request -- and that the U.S. has moved entirely into a supporting role. "We have fighter aircraft chopped to NATO, so not just aerial refueling, not just surveillance, that they can use for suppression of enemy air defense missions,” Pentagon Spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters Wednesday.  “And they have conducted some of those missions." Lapan added these missions are designed to "attack" those air defense systems. This stands in contrast to messages heard in press briefings and testimony on Capitol Hill from defense leaders, who have given the impression that when the mission was handed over to NATO U.S. strike sorties stopped and were only available upon request.

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Catholic Colleges Have Ties to Planned Parenthood
From The Washington Times: A report by a Catholic education watchdog says it has found more than 150 instances of links between U.S. Catholic colleges and universities and Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading family planning organization and the largest provider of abortion-related services. The Manassas, Va.-based Cardinal Newman Society said it tracked the links — which include past and present fellowship opportunities, counseling referrals, internships and faculty affiliations — simply through online searches of the schools’ own websites.“Hopefully this report will serve as a wake-up call for those Catholic college leaders who have repeatedly hit the snooze button on the many alarms that have been raised over the state of Catholic higher education in the past decade,” said Adam Wilson, a spokesman for the Cardinal Newman Society. Many of the schools listed in the report called the material outdated or overstated, and said many of the examples cited fell far short of any endorsement of Planned Parenthood or its stand on abortion rights.

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