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3:35 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.
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: The Gateway Pundit and ABCNEWS
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.
Politico:
Tense meeting between President Obama, House GOP  —  President Barack Obama told House Republicans in a rare meeting that he doesn't “have a political agenda at this point,” and said he wants to talk to the GOP about budget issues, “smart immigration reform,” guns and international relations, namely support for Israel.
Discussion: Guardian
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ryan: Obama outreach not ‘terribly charming’
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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
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
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
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 …
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Cardinals Elect New Pope  —  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.  The name of the new pope …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and PolicyMic
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
New Zealand gay marriage bill passes critical test  —  WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex marriage Wednesday, all but assuring that it will soon become law.  —  Lawmakers supported the bill 77 to 44 in the second …
Discussion: Advocate and Freedom to Marry Blog
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
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
 
 
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Paul Owen / Guardian:
Cardinal Bergoglio elected Pope Francis after two days of conclave - live
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
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Consider the Lobster Claw: Why a Twist on an Arcade Classic Delights and Disturbs Us
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
California Bill Would Force Colleges to Honor Online Classes
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Google Admits Street View Project Violated Privacy
Discussion: The Week, PolicyMic, The BLT and Vodkapundit
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Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Democrats Fret Over Obama Poll Numbers
Michelle Malkin / Townhall.com:
Obama's Nominee for Secretary of (Illegal Alien) Labor
Paul D. Thacker / Slate:
Where the Sun Don't Shine  —  President Obama promised transparency and open government.
The Sun:
chris huhne ridiculed on his first day in wandsworth jail
Discussion: Guardian, National Updates and BBC