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9:55 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 …
Michael Potemra / National Review:
A Jesuit Named Francis!  —  The new pope, Jorge Maria Bergoglio, was the runner-up to Ratzinger in 2005, and received relatively little buzz in the run-up to this conclave.  Some speculated that his time had passed, though John Allen had a good rundown of his plus and minuses a few days ago.
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Pope Francis Brings Lessons Of Argentina's Marriage Fight To Rome  —  Then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio bungled the fight against Argentina's “Equal Marriage Law” in 2010.  “Let's not be naive,” he wrote of same-sex marriage.  “This is not a simple political fight; it is a destructive proposal to God's plan.”
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New Pope Elected  —  The Catholic cardinals have elected a new pope on Wednesday after just two days of deliberations, selecting 76-year-old Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio on the fifth vote.  He has taken the name of Francis and was not considered to be one of the front runners.
Colin M. Snider / Americas South and North:
On the Selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francisco
Damian Thompson /
Pope Francis I: a humble man from the New World whose first challenge is to end the scandals
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio elected pontiff, takes name Pope Francis - live
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Pope Francis elected by Vatican cardinals
Discussion: Politico and CNN
USA Today:
White smoke: Catholic cardinals choose new pope
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Leaves Door Open On Keystone Pipeline
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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 …
Eric Pfeiffer / Yahoo! News:
Alleged North Korean propaganda video: ‘This is how Americans live today’
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's approval drops as Americans take a dimmer view of his economic policies
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 …
EXCLUSIVE - U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances  —  (Reuters) - The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.
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.
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Paul Ryan and the problem with losing  —  Like myriad candidates before him, Paul Ryan is learning how damaging being part of a failed ticket can really be  —  What was most striking about the unveiling of Paul Ryan's latest budget blueprint on Tuesday was how familiar it felt.
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.
Steve Frank /
EXCLUSIVE: The ‘47% tape’ and the man who revealed the real Mitt Romney  —  Mitt Romney is back in the public eye.  —  The former presidential candidate celebrated his 66th birthday Tuesday and he's speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) later in the week.
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
47 Percent Filmmaker Had No Health Insurance
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
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
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 …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
GSA ordered to give job back to executive fired after Las Vegas conference scandal  —  The General Services Administration was ordered this week to reinstate a senior executive who lost his job last year amid revelations of lavish spending at a Las Vegas conference.
Discussion: Hot Air and
The Official Google Blog:
A second spring of cleaning  —  We're living in a new kind of computing environment.  Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices.  It's been a long time since we have had this rate of change—it probably hasn't happened since the birth of personal computing 40 years ago.
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Mr. Obama Goes to Israel
Discussion: Firedoglake and Israel Matzav
Richard W. Stevenson / The Caucus:
Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and ABCNEWS
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama to nominate new Libya ambassador
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Julie Ray / Gallup:
U.S. Leadership Earning Lower Marks Worldwide
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
New Zealand gay marriage bill passes critical test
Discussion: Freedom to Marry Blog and Advocate
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James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Why I'm more worried than Paul Krugman about the U.S. debt burden
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
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Erica Ritz /
Why Aren't More Americans Fired Up About Inequality?
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
2016 Hillary-Michelle ‘Dream Ticket’ floated