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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is calling on President Obama to end the NATO bombing of his country.
Gadhafi's push came in a rambling, three-page letter. But there is no offer from him to stop his offensive or negotiate, a senior Obama administration official said.
"We have been hurt more morally that physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son," Gadhafi wrote, according to the official.
"As you know too well democracy and building of civil society cannot be achieved by means of missiles and aircraft, or by backing armed member of [Al Qaeda] in Benghazi," the letter claims.
Meanwhile, former Pennsylvania congressman Curt Weldon is in Libya to meet with Gadhafi and try to persuade him to step down.
Weldon last traveled to Libya in 2004 as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation to show support for Gadhafi's decision to stop his country's nuclear weapons program.
Weldon provides details on his new mission in Libya in today's New York Times.
"I've met him (Gadhafi) enough times to know that it will be very hard to simply bomb him into submission," writes Weldon.
We'll have the latest on Weldon's efforts tonight on AC360°.
We'll also have an update on Eman al-Obeidy, the woman accusing pro-Gadhafi troops of raping her.
Back here at home, there's a showdown over the federal budget. If an agreement isn't reached by midnight Friday the federal government will shutdown for the first time in more than 15 years.
President Obama invited House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the White House tonight to try to work out a deal. We’ll let you know how that meeting went.
Chances are it will be tense. There’s been a war of words in Washington over the budget battle.
"Our President is not leading. He didn't lead on last year's budget, and he is clearly not leading on this year's budget," Boehner told reporters this afternoon.
"We've agreed to a compromise, but somehow we don't have a deal, because some folks are trying to inject politics in what should be a simple debate about how to pay our bills," Pres. Obama said in a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania.
Caught in the middle are millions of Americans.
If there's a shutdown, tax refunds would not go out, national parks would close and U.S. troops won't get paid.
We'll cover the Raw Politics with CNN Senior Political Analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, as well as Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.
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