“Papal secrets emerge after retirement announcement” (Briefly, Friday) asserts the news of the post-papacy lodgings for Pope Benedict have been under construction since at least last fall and “puts holes in the Holy See’s early claims that Benedict kept his decision to himself until he revealed it.” How so? Was it not prudent for the Vatican to make contingency plans while the pope pondered his decision? Perhaps he himself did not know the final decision until shortly before revealing it.
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'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
By Susan Crabtree - The Washington Times
President Obama forgot to return the salute of a U.S. Marine while boarding Marine One Friday morning, then came back out to shake the Marine’s hand, according to a tweet by CBS News’ Mark Knoller.
By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times
House Republicans who are critical of the federal health care law have written to more than a dozen companies, including top insurers Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield, to ask if President Obama’s top health official tried to solicit funds from them to support the overhaul.