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12:20 PM 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 …
en.radiovaticana.va:
Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation at end of month  —  Pope Benedict XVI on Monday said he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th.  Below please find his announcement.  —  Full text of Pope's declaration  —  Dear Brothers,  —  I have convoked you to this Consistory …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
What Did Pope Benedict Do, Anyway?  —  Pope Benedict XVI, who took office in 2005, announced on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28, the first pope to leave the papacy since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.  The 85-year-old pontiff is in poor health and has been advised by doctors “not to take any more transatlantic trips.”
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Pope Benedict XVI to step down at end of February, citing health
Discussion: CNN
USA Today:
Pope Benedict XVI to resign
Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing age and waning energy
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope's sudden resignation sends shockwaves through Church
Katherine Haddon / Agence France Presse:
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation: Live Report
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul Owen / Guardian:
Vatican confirms Pope Benedict is resigning
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and Sense of Events
NBCNews.com:
Pope Benedict XVI to step aside on Feb. 28, Vatican says
Discussion: Telegraph, Crooks and Liars and Quartz
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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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues
Discussion: The Week, Prairie Weather and The Hill
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
McCain Says He'll Consider New Revenues To Offset Sequester Cuts
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Balloon Juice
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.
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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Tim Mak / Politico:
GOP threatens walkout on Chuck Hagel vote  —  Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel could get a vote in committee as early as Tuesday, but Republican aides reacted to that idea by suggesting that some members could walk out in protest.  —  Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin …
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
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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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Cuts State Employees' Hours To Avoid Providing Obamacare Coverage  —  As part of his state's new budget, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his administration are trying to force potentially tens of thousands of public sector employees in the state to work fewer hours so that the government …
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.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
NRA Dismisses ‘Connecticut Effect,’ Suggests Grief Over Newtown Tragedy Will Be Short-Lived  —  WAUSAU, Wisconsin—The National Rifle Association will wait until the “Connecticut effect” has subsided to resume its push to weaken the nation's gun laws, according to a top NRA lobbyist speaking …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
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
David Codrea- / Examiner:
Disabled Marine rifles at inauguration signal shift in administration policy (Photos)  —  “Didn't know the Marines had to take the bolts out of their rifles for the Inaugural,” an email forwarded to Gun Rights Examiner from a United States Marine Corps source observed.
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