Obama offers ‘warm wishes’ to Pope Francis

March 13, 2013

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Back To The Hill: President Obama's huddle with House Republicans focused on reforming entitlements. Meanwhile, the Senate Democratic budget proposal calls for $1 trillion in new tax revenues over the next decade and increases spending.

* Not Going Anywhere: House Democrats' campaign chief Steve Israel of New York expressed confidence conservative Reps. Nick Rahall of West Virginia and John Barrow of Georgia wouldn't bolt for Senate bids. If they do, their seats would become very ripe GOP pickup opportunities. He also vowed to make the 2014 election a "referendum" on "tea party extremism.”

* The Cory Story: Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) leads his potential Senate primary competition by a wide margin in a new Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind survey. Booker claims 50 percent of Democratic voters, while Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt are in single digits.

* Obama Reacts To New Pope: Obama offered "warm wishes" to new Pope Francis, adding: "As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day."

* First McConnell Ad: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's first campaign TV ad features his wife, former labor secretary Elaine Chao, pushing back against a tweet from a liberal group that attacked her Chinese heritage.

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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