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Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth to Meet at the Vatican
Two of the world's most famous and powerful leaders are meeting in Rome today, when Queen Elizabeth meets Pope Francis in a private audience for the first time. As a pair, they are leaders to billions of people around the world. "If you think about it in terms of soft power then we're talking about
Pope Francis Not in Danger From Mafia, Vatican Says
The Vatican dismissed concerns today that Pope Francis could be a target of Italian organized crime because his reforms and campaign against corruption threaten what one mafia expert said were long-time ties between the church and criminal syndicates. "There is no concrete reason that would lead us
Ship Sinks, Dozens of Europe-Bound Migrants Dead
After pulling more than 80 bodies from the Mediterranean Sea, Italian authorities are searching for survivors of a ship packed with undocumented immigrants trying to reach Europe's shore. The vessel might have been carrying more than 500 Africans when it reportedly capsized near the tiny Rabbit
GOP: Re-Boot, Re-Brand, Re-Think (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES REPUBLICANS RELEASE 2012 AUTOPSY: This morning the Republican National Committee unveiled their 2012 election “autopsy,” which also charts a path forward for a party set back on its heels by Mitt Romney’s defeat and other GOP losses last year. ABC’s...
Biden Jokes 'I'll Lose My Soul' If He Misses Cardinal Reception
Vice President Joe Biden joked today that his soul might be in jeopardy if he misses a scheduled reception with the U.S. Cardinals in Rome. “We invited the American cardinals to a reception,” Biden told Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic during a bilateral meeting today, according...
Rough Road For The Chuck Wagon (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES SELLING THE STATE OF THE UNION — DAY THREE: President Obama has a full schedule today, including a trip to Chicago, the last stop on his State of the Union tour. ABC’s Mary Bruce reports that Obama is expected to...
The Global Note: Italy’s Cri$i$…What To Do About Iran?…Giant Space Junk?…Undersea Volcano
GLOBAL FEAR$ -THE NUMBER TO WATCH: ITALY’S BOND YIELD…Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s pledge to resign hasn’t done much to assuage investors’ concerns. And here’s a HUGE problem: Italian borrowing costs have set a record for the third day in a row, crossing a dangerous...
Silvio Berlusconi Says He'll Resign, But Not Quite Yet
Italian PM Suffered Series of Political and Personal Setbacks in Recent Years
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Retains Power -- Barely
Berlusconi Tells Italians the Only Option to his Leadership is Early Elections
Pope Benedict Beatifies Pope John Paul II at Vatican Ceremony
Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II Sunday at St. Peter's Square before an estimated one million people, declaring the Polish-born pope to be "Blessed" and putting him one step from sainthood . "He restored to Christianity its true face as a religion of hope," Benedict said in his homily.