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8:45 AM ET, February 11, 2013

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BBC:
Pope Benedict in shock resignation  —  The Pope is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, the Vatican has confirmed.  —  The 85-year-old became Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005 following the death of John Paul II.  —  The reasons behind the head …
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New York Times:
Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign  —  ROME — Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005 following the death of his predecessor, said on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28, the first pope to do so in six centuries.
Telegraph:
Pope Benedict XVI resigns: pontiff's statement in full  —  The full statement from Pope Benedict XVI, who has announced he will resign on February 28.  —  Pope Benedict XVI is to step down on February 28  —  Dear Brothers,  —  I have convoked you to this Consistory …
Katherine Haddon / Agence France Presse:
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation: Live Report  —  LONDON — 1223 GMT: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to speak about the Pope's resignation at 1330 GMT, her office says.  —  The Pope, Joseph Ratzinger, is of course German — he was born in Bavaria in 1927 and was archbishop of Munich for four years from 1977.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope Benedict surprises world, steps down citing frailty  —  Reuters/Reuters - Pope Benedict XVI waves during a mass conducted by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, for the 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta at the St. Peter Basilica in Vatican February 9, ...more
Discussion: his vorpal sword and Firedoglake
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama's State of the Union: Aggressive  —  President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech will be less a presidential olive branch than a congressional cattle prod.  —  Emboldened by electoral victory and convinced the GOP is unwilling to cut deals, Obama plans to use his big prime …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Wall Street Journal:
The Absentee Commander in Chief  —  The Defense secretary told the president that Americans in Benghazi were under attack.  Then: nothing.  —  We've both had the honor to work in the White House.  We've seen presidents, vice presidents, chiefs of staff and national security advisers during moments of international crisis.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and msnbc.com
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues  —  View Photo Gallery — The State of the Union's history: Technology and partisanship have transformed the State of the Union over the past century.  Here's a look back.  —  President Obama is considering a series …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Chicago Tribune:
Obama coming to Chicago to ‘talk about the gun violence’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama embarking on three-city tour after State of the Union
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
CNN:
Graham vows to block nominations unless White House more forthcoming
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Graham: ‘No confirmation without information’
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama to Renew Drive for Cuts in Nuclear Arms  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to reinvigorate one of his signature national security objectives — drastically reducing nuclear arsenals around the world — after securing agreement in recent months …
Discussion: The Caucus and The Daily Caller
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Mike Parker / Daily Express:
Man hunt for ex-soldier who shot police chief's daughter and killed policeman  —  POLICE plan to use spy drones in the hunt for a Rambo-style ex-soldier and policeman who has murdered three people and vowed to kill again.  —  Christopher Dorner is thought to be hiding in California's snow-capped San Bernardino mountain
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Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Fugitive's rant puts focus on evolving LAPD legacy
Bob Owens:
Dishonoring the Corps; Marines in inaugural parade had bolts removed from their rifles … David Codrea has revealed that President Obama has so little regard for the United States Marines risking their lives under his command life that they were forced to dismantle their already empty parade rifles for his second inauguration parade.
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Inhofe threatens filibuster to block Hagel  —  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Sunday threatened to filibuster former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)'s nomination for Defense secretary, if necessary to prevent his confirmation.  —  “I want a 60-vote margin and you don't have to filibuster to get that …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Israel Matzav
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Obama Prepares To Screw His Base  —  Young people re-elected the president.  Now they get to pay disproportionately for ObamaCare.  —  President Obama talks with college students while waiting for an order of fries at OMG Burgers in Coral Gables, Florida last September.  —  Image by C.W. Griffin/Miami Herald/MCT
Discussion: Right Wing News
New York Times:
Menendez Discouraged Giving Port Security Equipment to Dominicans  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Talking Points Memo:
Nicolle Wallace: GOP Needs Rubio Because ‘He Knows Who Tupac Is’  —  Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace said Sunday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is good for the Republican Party because, as one of many attributes, Rubio “knows who Tupac is.”  —  “He's everything we need and more,” …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Where Apple and Dick Tracy May Converge  —  Dick Tracy and James Bond had watches that served as computers.  Tim Cook of Apple wears a Nike FuelBand, which tracks his physical activity.  —  Dick Tracy had one.  As did Inspector Gadget and James Bond.
 
 
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Ryan Gallagher / Guardian:
Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Washington Post:
Iran and Hezbollah build militia networks in Syria in event that Assad falls, officials say
Michael J. Mishak / Los Angeles Times:
State lacks doctors to meet demand of national healthcare law
Harriet Ryan / Los Angeles Times:
Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement
Discussion: The Raw Story
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
New Mexico Inches Toward Stricter Gun Controls
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Medal of Honor recipient Romesha to be guest of first lady at State of the Union
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John McCain on avoiding automatic spending cuts
Discussion: Althouse and Washington Examiner
Associated Press:
Cheney blasts “second-rate” Obama nominees