Rand Paul Discusses 2012 Aspirations, Libya, Budget

The senator spoke briefly about the conflict in Libya and criticized the president for not involving congress more heavily in the decisions to enforce a no-fly zone over the country. He also told the Louisville Rotary Club Thursday he is considering a run for the presidency in 2012, but will not run against his father.

Beshear Returns From Washington, Says Environmental Regulation Is “Balancing Act”

Weeks after calling for the federal government to get off the state’s back when it comes to coal regulation, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear had the chance to discuss the issue with the White House.

Beshear returned this week from a meeting with other governors and the president. He says he talked with cabinet members about his frustrations with environmental restrictions on the coal industry.

McConnell Says Obama’s Agenda Is “Over” At Lincoln Days Dinner

McConnell says Republicans are prepared to do business with Mr. Obama, “if the president’s willing to do what Republicans think needs to be done.” And McConnell says he’s waiting to see how many Democrats are willing to join the Republicans in cutting the national deficit.

Daniels Says He Would Have Money And Support If He Ran For President

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has spent months fueling speculation that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for President in 2012. He made what may be his boldest statement this week in an interview with Politico. He told the D.C. news outlet that he would have the money and support to win the election, but his wife’s concerns may keep him out of the race.