Morning Must Reads: March 14

In the news: Pope Francis, CPAC, Korean escalation, Karzai's recklessness, and Bush 41 hit by a flash mob.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • A new pope! Pope Francis, previously Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the first Pope from the New World and the first Jesuit.  Click here for the conclave vote breakdown.
  • Neither New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) or Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) was invited to speak at the Conservative Political Acton Conference (CPAC) this weekend.
  • North Korea engages in artillery exercises.  South Korean Prime Minister visits the island attacked by the North in 2010.
  • The political risk for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in repealing the death penalty.
  • In a small victory for gay rights, Sen. Rand Paul endorses “neutral language,” striking marriage from the tax code.
  • Republicans are as conservative as ever.
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s remarks have put U.S. troops in danger.
  • Former President George H.W. Bush gets hit by a flash mob at Texas A&M.