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5:15 PM ET, March 13, 2013


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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 …
Pope Francis selected as first Latin American and Jesuit pontiff - live  —  Sort by:  —  9.06pm GMT  —  Vice President Joe Biden, an observant Catholic and the first member of that faith to be elected vice president, will lead the US delegation to newly elected Pope Francis' installation in Rome, the Associated Press reports.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Pope Francis elected by Vatican cardinals
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected Pope
USA Today:
White smoke: Catholic cardinals choose new pope
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Damian Thompson /
Pope Francis I: a humble man from the New World whose first challenge is to end the scandals
Argentina's Bergoglio elected as new pope
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Week
Washington Post:
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected pope, takes name Pope Francis
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Church picks first South American pope
Discussion: Mediaite and The Awl
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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Obama approval, Congress and the sequester
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 …
Jonathan Karl / Yahoo! News:
President Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis
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 …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Eric Cantor's move to the middle rankles leaders
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rand Paul: ‘Tolerant’ GOP would have more appeal to young voters
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
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.
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
North Korea Trolls American Poverty In Greatest Propaganda Video Ever  —  Living in tents.  Drinking coffee made from snow.  This is your life in America, filtered through the incisive prism of North Korean propaganda.  —  The world's most militarized society is shaking its head …
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.
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
47 Percent Filmmaker Had No Health Insurance
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tense meeting between President Obama, House GOP  —  President Barack Obama tangled with House Republicans for more than an hour Wednesday, answering questions on topics ranging from whether the White House spends too much time campaigning to how serious the administration is about slashing the nation's deficit.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Guardian
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Leaves Door Open On Keystone Pipeline
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Rob Thomas / Kickstarter:
The Veronica Mars Movie Project  —  Here it is.  Our one shot to see a Veronica Mars movie happen.  Kristen is in.  I'm in.  Let's do it!  —  Almost since Veronica Mars went off the air, there's been talk of making a movie.  In that span, I've taken different tactics in dealing with the question of whether it might happen.
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 …
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
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Behind Soda Industry's Win, a Phalanx of Sponsored Minority Groups
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama to nominate new Libya ambassador
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
New Zealand gay marriage bill passes critical test
Discussion: Advocate and Freedom to Marry Blog
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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