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4:00 PM ET, February 11, 2013

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Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Frail Pope Breaks Tradition and Resigns  —  VATICAN CITY — Citing advanced years and infirmity, but showing characteristic tough-mindedness and unpredictability, Pope Benedict XVI shocked Roman Catholics on Monday by saying that he would resign on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to do so in six centuries.
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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.”
David Willey / BBC:
Pope Benedict XVI  — Born in Germany in 1927, joined Hitler Youth during WWII and was conscripted as an anti-aircraft gunner but deserted  — As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger spent 24 years in charge of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - once known as the Holy Office of the Inquisition
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 …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:   Catholic Left Looks For An Opening With A New Pope
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
The bizarre stories of the four other popes to have resigned in the last 1,000 years
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pope Benedict XVI: Politicians praise ahead of resignation
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and Associated Press
USA Today:
Pope Benedict XVI to resign
ncronline.org:
The unprecedented resignation of Benedict
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing age and waning energy
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.
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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Jackie Kucinich / USA Today:
Lawmakers look to pack State of Union with gun victims
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 11, 2013 - Obama Should Focus State …
Chicago Tribune:   Obama coming to Chicago to ‘talk about the gun violence’
White House.gov Blog:
State of the Union 2013: President Obama's Speech is Just the Beginning
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Hadiya Pendleton's parents to attend State of the Union address
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
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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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Armed Services panel to vote Tuesday on Hagel confirmation
Discussion: CBS News and National Review
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Don't Believe the Hype  —  Let's just say it: Marco Rubio is the Wes Clark of 2013.  Only with many fewer accomplishments.  —  It pains me to say this because I'm an admirer of Gen. Wesley Clark.  I think he would have made a good president.  He was an extremely accomplished career military officer.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
New Rove Group Could Backfire on G.O.P.  —  The strategist Karl Rove and his allies last week announced the formation of Conservative Victory Project, a new “super PAC” designed to lend support to what they see as more electable candidates in Republican Senate primaries.
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Ted Nugent to be guest at State of the Union  —  While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday's State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor's gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Is Congress really going to miss its free lunch on infrastructure?  —  Since the election, there have been hints that we could be entering a period with some actual productive, bipartisan dealmaking, most explicitly on immigration reform.  But the Republican reaction to Obama's expected proposals …
 
 
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
A Call for Drastic Changes in Educating New Lawyers
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Armed Pro-Gun Protesters Occupy Oregon State Capitol
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
NRA Dismisses ‘Connecticut Effect,’ Suggests Grief Over Newtown Tragedy Will Be Short-Lived
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Ignorance Caucus  —  Last week Eric Cantor, the House …
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