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4:05 PM ET, March 13, 2013

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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 …
Politico:
Tense meeting between President Obama, House GOP
Discussion: Daily Kos and Guardian
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Leaves Door Open On Keystone Pipeline
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ryan: Obama outreach not ‘terribly charming’
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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.
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Democrats Fret Over Obama Poll Numbers
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
The New Pope: Bergoglio of Argentina  —  VATICAN CITY — With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday — choosing the cardinal from Argentina …
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BBC:
Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected Pope
Reuters:
Argentina's Bergoglio elected as new pope
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Week
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: The Gateway Pundit and ABCNEWS
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
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.
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.
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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
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 …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Keith Olbermann Settling $50 Million Current TV Lawsuit (Exclusive)  —  A deal is said to have been reached during a private mediation session in San Francisco on Tuesday.  Terms will not be released.  —  Keith Olbermann  —  Keith Olbermann has resolved the $50 million legal dispute …
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
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama to nominate new Libya ambassador
Discussion: Politico
Julie Ray / Gallup:
U.S. Leadership Earning Lower Marks Worldwide
Discussion: Politico and RIA Novosti
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
New Zealand gay marriage bill passes critical test
Discussion: Advocate and Freedom to Marry Blog
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California Bill Would Force Colleges to Honor Online Classes
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rand Paul: ‘Tolerant’ GOP would have more appeal to young voters
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
2016 Hillary-Michelle ‘Dream Ticket’ floated
Paul D. Thacker / Slate:
Where the Sun Don't Shine  —  President Obama promised transparency and open government.