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CNN Radio News Day: February 28, 2013
Members of the Swiss Guard prepare to close the doors to Pope Benedict XVI's residence in Castel Gandolfo as he begins his retirement on February 28, 2013 in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.
February 28th, 2013
04:40 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 28, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Today Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages. The bells of St. Peter's Basilica rang out as Benedict boarded a helicopter and flew away from the Vatican and off into retirement. He'll spend the next few weeks in Castel Gandolfo, the small Italian resort town just about 15 miles southeast of Rome. CNN's Becky Anderson was there for his arrival:

"He's here because, effectively, from tomorrow they will seal his apartment at the Vatican and that will only be unsealed when a new pope is elected. He's here for two months, just though while they redecorate what is an old monastery at the Vatican it will be his residence in isolation for him for the rest of his life." FULL POST


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February 28th, 2013
08:42 AM ET

Picking the next pope: an insider's guide

By Jim Roope, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @JimRoopeCNN

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(CNN) – Pope Benedict XVI officially vacates the Papacy today clearing the way for the election of a new Pontiff.

Cardinals from all over the world are gathering to soon begin the process of finding a new Holy Father. But Father Tim Rausch, Professor of Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles says it won’t begin right away.

[:35] “The Cardinals need time to do what they call a ‘murmuratsio.’ Murmurotsio is a murmuring.”

FULL POST

February 28th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

NYC hot dog carts, small business with big impact

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @SKastenbaumCNN

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(CNN) – Hot dog carts, with their blue and yellow awnings, are practically on every street corner in New York City.

No one pays much attention to the vendors other than during the 15-20 seconds it takes to buy a hot dog and a drink. But if you stopped to talk to one you might be surprised to learn how mighty the small sidewalk business is.

[4:16] “It provides my rent money, provides my kids’ tution, pays for Greek school, pays for my daughter’s ballet school, her tutor lessons. So it’s all from me for here.” said Gus Argy.

He’s the third generation of his family to man the hot dog cart across the street from New York’s City Hall.

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CNN Radio News Day: February 27, 2013
Activists hold a pro-voting rights placards outside of the US Supreme Court on February 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.
February 27th, 2013
04:56 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 27, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Lawmakers in Washington may have finally found a way to unwittingly cut federal spending. The blind cuts, known as sequestration, were really only meant to be a threat to force Congress into budget negotiations. But that hasn't really happened, with now two days to go before the deadline. On Friday, President Obama will meet with Republican leaders at the White House. But there's pessimism on whether anything will get done. Republican governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, says it's hard to believe:

"Something is wrong, my kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $ 4 trillion budget. This is not rocket science, what this is, is an inability to want to get to work. No one should be going home, no one should be playing golf, no one should be taking vacations." FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: February 26, 2013
Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee after the release of The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress February 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.
February 26th, 2013
04:42 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 26, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke testified in front of the Senate Banking committee today. He touched on the forced spending cuts that are at the center of the tug-of-war in Washington. Bernanke told Congress that automatic cuts threaten the expanding economy.  But Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker took Bernanke to task:

"When the Fed decided it was going to stimulate a global currency war as it did, did you embark on that thinking our country's in trouble and sort of the heck with everybody else? Or did you think it would leverage the wealth effect if everybody had a race to the bottom?" FULL POST

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