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10:40 AM ET, February 11, 2013

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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.
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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 …
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 …
USA Today:
Pope Benedict XVI to resign  —  POPE BENEDICT XVI'S REIGN  —  Pope Benedict XVI announced Feb. 11 that he would resign at the end of the month.  Highlights from his papacy:  —  Source: USA TODAY research, Catholic Almanac  —  He is the first pope to resign in 600 years.
Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing age and waning energy  —  Video: The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of February.  The 85-year-old pontiff said he can no longer keep up with his responsibilities.  —  LONDON — Recognizing what he described …
Discussion: WorldViews, Guardian, Hit & Run and The Dish
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope Benedict stepping down, cites poor health  —  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
NBCNews.com:
Pope Benedict XVI to step aside on Feb. 28, Vatican says
Katherine Haddon / Agence France Presse:
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation: Live Report
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fox News:
Pope Benedict to become first pontiff in 600 years to resign
Paul Owen / Guardian:
Vatican confirms Pope Benedict is resigning
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and Sense of Events
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 …
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 11, 2013 - Obama Should Focus State Of The Union On Economy, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; President Handles Economy Better Than GOP, Voters Say  —  President Barack Obama should focus on the economy in his State of the Union Address …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
McCain Says He'll Consider New Revenues To Offset Sequester Cuts
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Balloon Juice
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues
Discussion: The Week, Prairie Weather and The Hill
Phil Bronstein / Esquire:
The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed  —  For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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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: The Mahablog and Right Wing News
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Ignorance Caucus  —  Last week Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, gave what his office told us would be a major policy speech.  And we should be grateful for the heads-up about the speech's majorness.  Otherwise, a read of the speech might have suggested that he was offering nothing …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
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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