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1:05 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
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:
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 …
Politico:
President Obama to meet with House GOP
Discussion: msnbc.com, Guardian and CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ryan: Obama outreach not ‘terribly charming’
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:   Ayotte in middle of Paul-McCain fight
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
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Won't Balance Budget ‘Just for the Sake of Balance’
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
Washington Post:
Obama approval, Congress and the sequester
Discussion: Firedoglake, msnbc.com, The Hill and The Fix
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Democrats Fret Over Obama Poll Numbers
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Tug O' the Forelock
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Wonkblog
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Dispute Over a Balanced Budget Is Philosophical as Much as Fiscal
Discussion: Angry Bear
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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Marisa Schultz / detroitnews.com:
Mitt Romney's niece latest to study run for Levin's seat after Scott Romney bows out
Discussion: Politico, Ballot Box and Post Politics
Steve Frank / msnbc.com:
EXCLUSIVE: The ‘47% tape’ and the man who revealed the real Mitt Romney
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.
Discussion: National Review
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Republicans offer bill to withhold Obama's salary when budget is late  —  House Republicans introduced legislation on Tuesday that would withhold President Obama's salary any time he's late submitting a budget proposal to Congress.  —  The bill from Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) …
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.
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: Althouse and Prairie Weather
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 …
Michelle Malkin / Townhall.com:
Obama's Nominee for Secretary of (Illegal Alien) Labor  —  The Beltway is buzzing over President Obama's likely nomination of Thomas E. Perez as the next head of the U.S. Department of Labor.  But when Americans find out whom Perez has lobbied for most aggressively over the course …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Is Thomas Perez worse than Chuck Hagel?
 
 
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Google Admits Street View Project Violated Privacy
Discussion: The Week, PolicyMic and The BLT
BBC:
Sick leave shark wrestler Paul Marshallsea sacked
Discussion: KNSD-TV, Gawker and Telegraph
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Dems Weigh Consequences For GOP Filibusters Of Key Nominees
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rand Paul: ‘Tolerant’ GOP would have more appeal to young voters
Discussion: Politico
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Talking smack  —  Team Breitbart: We're going to smack Politico across …
Discussion: Althouse
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Iran, al-Qaeda relationship is showing cracks, U.S. officials and analysts say
Discussion: Power Line and emptywheel
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Rove group mocks Obama's ‘Organizing for Access’
Discussion: CNN
Michael Moore / MichaelMoore.com:
America, You Must Not Look Away (How to Finish Off the NRA)
Discussion: Mediaite and NewsBusters blogs
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Cardinals convene for 2nd day of conclave to pick next pope
Center for American Progress:
The United States' Long-Term Debt Problem Isn't as Bad as You Thought
Discussion: Wonkblog and Washington Monthly
Brian Tamanaha / Balkinization:
The Law Graduate Debt Disaster Goes Critical
The Sun:
chris huhne ridiculed on his first day in wandsworth jail
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and National Updates