Linton Weeks Linton Weeks joined NPR in the summer of 2008, as its national correspondent for Digital News.

President Woodrow Wilson meets with his first Cabinet, circa 1912. Should Cabinets have a more central role in a president's decision making? Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Black smoke rises from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on April 18, 2005. Black smoke signaled that the cardinals sequestered inside had failed to elect a new pope, after the death of Pope John Paul II. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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