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The Republican Party's continued struggle to find new leadership after last year's devastating presidential campaign. Also, Obama's charm offensive, big challenges for new leaders in China. Plus KCRW's Saul Gonzalez speaks with Catholic angelenos about the decision.

Banner image: (L-R) Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan

Reporter's Notebook Los Angeles and Pope Francis

tp130313bergoglio.jpgWEB BONUS: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is a Jesuit who has become the first pope from South America and the first to take the name Francis – from Francis of Assissi – said to be the most popular saint amount 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez spoke with parishioners at Los Angeles' Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels about the new pontiff.



Saul Gonzalez, Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' (@SaulKCRW)

Making News Obama's Charm Offensive 7 MIN, 41 SEC

As the GOP continues to struggle to find new leadership after last year's devastating presidential campaign, President Obama continues his so-called "charm offensive" with Republicans on Capitol Hill. Before making his latest visit today, he spoke with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America. Ron Fournier reports from Washington for the National Journal.


Ron Fournier, National Journal (@ron_fournier)

Main Topic The Republican Party Struggles to Define Its Identity 34 MIN, 27 SEC

As President Obama goes through the motions of reaching out to Republicans on Capitol Hill, Republicans themselves are going in different directions. Paul Ryan is fighting Obamacare — but accepting its Medicare cuts. Rand Paul wants an end to George W. Bush's wars and limits on executive power. At the Conservative Political Action Conference, a party pep-rally, Mitt Romney will defend his losing campaign. But rising star Chris Christie's not even invited. Is there any path toward a future consensus? Can President Obama take advantage of the current confusion?

David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)
Robert Costa, Washington Post / 'Washington Week' (@costareports)
Daniel McCarthy, American Conservative (@ToryAnarchist)
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator (@JeffJlpa1)

Reporter's Notebook New Leadership in China 9 MIN, 25 SEC

China's leadership change is a two-week process that began with praise for the work of the past year by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. But outgoing President Hu Jintao then listed the multitude of problems that face his successors. Unsustainable development, gaping income inequality, corruption, pollution and dominant state-owned enterprises that stifle innovation are just some of the issues mentioned by Hu. Has he been a failure? That's a question raised by Matt Schiavenza in The Atlantic magazine.

Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic (@MattSchiavenza)

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