Rep. Michele Bachmann, continuing her drumbeat of criticism of President Obama's policies and priorities, ripped his rationale Wednesday for intervening in Libya, arguing that it isn't justified by any compelling national interest.
The Tea Party stalwart, riding a wave of national attention since aides said she may be on the cusp of a presidential run, also said she opposes giving military assistance to the rebels fighting Libya strongman Moammar Gadhafi, saying she believes al Qaida fighters have infiltrated their ranks.
"I would not have gone in" to Libya, Bachmann said on NBC's "Today" show.
Bachmann said what she callsthe "Obama doctrine" provides a misguided rationale for the United States "to enter into one country after another."
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.