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3:05 PM ET, March 13, 2013

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Jordan Davis / Florida Times Union:
Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns  —  Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned.  —  The resignation comes two days after Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers interviewed Carroll about her involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit that operates internet cafes in Florida.
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MiamiHerald.com:
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns amid state, federal probe of non-profit veterans group  —  TALLAHASSEE — Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned amid law enforcement questions about a Florida Internet sweepstakes company at the center of a nationwide criminal investigation.
Tia Mitchell / Tampa Bay Times:
Lt. Gov. Carroll resigns amid racketeering probe
Discussion: First Read
Washington Post:
Obama's approval drops as Americans take a dimmer view of his economic policies  —  The afterglow of President Obama's reelection and inauguration appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: No, the GOP isn't “winning” the argument over sequester  —  President Obama is set to meet with House Republicans today, and the air is thick with suggestions that Obama is losing the political battle over the sequester.  And indeed, a new Washington Post poll has some toplines that are troubling for the president.
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Paul Ryan's Tax Math Just Became More Magical  —  Paul Ryan's latest budget relies on even bigger unnamed savings  —  There's something breathtaking about any Paul Ryan budget.  There are the savage cuts to healthcare and safety-net spending for the young and poor.  The deep cuts to education, research, and infrastructure.
Washington Post:
Obama approval, Congress and the sequester
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Tug O' the Forelock
Politico:
CPAC muddle mirrors GOP mess  —  It's not hard to make fun of CPAC.  From the presence of Donald Trump to a meaningless straw poll to a cavalcade of fringe-dwelling book merchants, the event has become more carnival than conservative salon.  —  What is more notable about this year's rendition …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Eric Cantor's move to the middle rankles leaders  —  Eric Cantor has spent the last four years carefully cultivating his image as a foil to President Barack Obama and the conservative conscience of House Speaker John Boehner.  —  No more.  —  The man who once threatened to block emergency aid …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rand Paul: ‘Tolerant’ GOP would have more appeal to young voters
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: President Obama's Exclusive Interview With George Stephanopoulos  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:  —  Mr. President, thank you for doing this.  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  —  It's great to be here.  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:  —  So, you've done all meetings on Capitol Hill …
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Jonathan Karl / Yahoo! News:
President Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Gateway Pundit
uticaod.com:
Police ID fatal shooting suspect as Kurt Myers of Mohawk  —  Mohawk police have identified the man suspected of fatally shooting six and wounding two others as 64-year-old Kurt Myers of Mohawk.  —  Police have not yet apprehended Myers.  State police expect to hold a news conference at the Herkimer barracks within the hour.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
How Bill Clinton Inspired The 47 Percent Filmmaker  —  WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton won the presidential election for Barack Obama.  But it wasn't his masterful Democratic National Convention speech or the advice he offered the president's reelection campaign.
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Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
47 Percent Filmmaker Had No Health Insurance
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steve Frank / msnbc.com:
EXCLUSIVE: The ‘47% tape’ and the man who revealed the real Mitt Romney
Politico:
Missed chance: Obama's tax problem  —  President Obama faces huge, and probably insurmountable, obstacles to reviving a grand bargain — none higher and more difficult to overcome than his decision to increase taxes by $600 billion in December.  —  At the time, Obama claimed victory …
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Politico:
Tense meeting between President Obama, House GOP
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ryan: Obama outreach not ‘terribly charming’
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Eric Pfeiffer / Yahoo! News:
Alleged North Korean propaganda video: ‘This is how Americans live today’  —  A new video has been posted to the Live Leak site that claims to be a North Korean propaganda video showing a dystopian American society.  —  It's unclear if the translation is accurate, and whether the video did in fact originate in North Korea.
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
NJ MOTHER PRESSURED TO TURN OVER HER GUNS, CHARGED WITH ‘TERRORISTIC THREATS’ AFTER READING THE CONSTITUTION AT TAX DISPUTE ASSEMBLY  —  Key Points:  — Eileen Hart objected to a mandatory re-evaluation of her property value that would drastically increase her tax rates
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Dems Weigh Consequences For GOP Filibusters Of Key Nominees  —  Senate Democratic leaders have engaged in preliminary discussions about how to address Republican procedural obstruction, according to a senior Democratic aide, reflecting an awareness that key administration …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
2016 Hillary-Michelle ‘Dream Ticket’ floated … Hillary Clinton hasn't stepped into the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries yet and there's already buzz growing for the ultimate grrl power ticket: Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama.  —  “All due respect for President Obama and Vice President Biden …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Talking smack  —  Team Breitbart: We're going to smack Politico across the face and expose Buzzfeed: … Needless to say, the use of the term “smack” is getting attention, but that's a distraction.  —  The bigger point is the point I've made here repeatedly over the years about Politico …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Althouse
ThinkProgress:
Why Aren't More Americans Fired Up About Inequality?  —  With news of record corporate profits and increased bonuses for those at the top of the financial heap — and on-going income stagnation, job loss, and rising poverty for those in the middle and bottom of the ladder …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Consider the Lobster Claw: Why a Twist on an Arcade Classic Delights and Disturbs Us  —  The joystick is seized.  The claw is positioned within the lobster tank.  It descends on your command.  Are you sure you want to claim your prize?  Arizona resident Nate Ferra loves liberating prizes from arcade claw machines.
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Why I'm more worried than Paul Krugman about the U.S. debt burden  —  I have been writing recently ([1], [2]) about my paper Crunch Time: Fiscal Crises and the Role of Monetary Policy, co-authored with David Greenlaw (Managing Director and Chief U.S. Fixed Income Economist for Morgan Stanley) …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Paul D. Thacker / Slate:
Where the Sun Don't Shine  —  President Obama promised transparency and open government.  He failed miserably.  So why do Washington watchdog groups look the other way?  —  President Obama has failed to deliver on few promises as miserably as his vow to create a more transparent and open government.
 
 
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U.S. Leadership Earning Lower Marks Worldwide
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Nick Perry / Associated Press:
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
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Michael Moore / MichaelMoore.com:
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Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Democrats Fret Over Obama Poll Numbers
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Center for American Progress:
The United States' Long-Term Debt Problem Isn't as Bad as You Thought
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Marisa Schultz / detroitnews.com:
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The Sun:
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