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Washington Post:
Health-care enrollment on Web plagued by bugs  —  The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they're expecting next month.
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Politico:
White House returns to Obamacare sales mode  —  President Barack Obama will launch a coordinated campaign Tuesday by the White House, congressional Democrats and their outside allies to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act passed in the first place.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   A New Wave of Challenges to Health Law
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
A Traditional Midterm Headache for Democrats
Discussion: Politico and NationalJournal.com
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
White House: Obama hasn't yet signed up for Obamacare
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Trudy Lieberman / Politico:
Dropped Coverage  —  How the media missed the two biggest Obamacare screw-ups.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Betsy's Page
Murray Weiss / DNAinfo.com New York:
Metro-North Engineer Dozing Seconds Before Train Derailment, Sources Say  —  MANHATTAN — Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train …
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Yasmine Hafiz / The Huffington Post:
Is Pope Francis Leaving Vatican At Night To Minister To Homeless?  —  A recent interview with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the “Almoner of His Holiness,” raised speculation that the Pope joins him on his nightly trips into Rome to give alms to the poor, and it turns out that the rumors are probably true.
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
What The Pope Gets Wrong About Capitalism  —  Pope Francis's first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") is a beautiful document and a joy to read.  I'll leave its theological implications to those who live in the Church.  What's got many people praising the Pope today …
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Limbaugh Accuses Pope Francis Of ‘Pure Marxism’
Discussion: CNN
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Chuck Schumer Slams Liberal Blogs, Analyzes Ted Cruz, and Explains How He Helped Elect Elizabeth Warren  —  An interview  —  “I feel better with my feet up,” Senator Charles Schumer said when we sat down in his spacious Washington office.  His knees are bad, he explained.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Zucker plans massive change at CNN  —  After almost a year of tinkering, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has concluded that a news channel cannot subsist on news alone.  —  So he is planning much broader changes for the network—including a prime-time shakeup that's likely to make CNN traditionalists cringe.
Dareh Gregorian / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Archie Comics co-CEO accused of gender discrimination by male employees  —  Nancy Silberkleit is accused by her male employees of gender discrimination such as referring to them as ‘penis’ instead of by name, but Silberkleit contends that the case should be tossed out because white males are not ‘a protected class’.
Scott Brown / Fox News:
Stunning hypocrisy from Democrats in wake of ObamaCare's broken promises  —  Hypocrisy and double standards are two things that disgust and infuriate all Americans, regardless of where they fall on the ideological spectrum.  —  Unfortunately, these qualities are far too prevalent …
Kimberly Hefling / ABC News:
Asian Nations Dominate International Test  —  Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico, Weekly Standard, Guardian and NPR
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Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
U.S. students lag around average on international science, math and reading test
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
The Obama Administration Took The Platinum Coin Option More Seriously Than It Let On  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration was serious enough about manufacturing a high-value platinum coin to avert a congressional fight over the debt ceiling that it had its top lawyers draw up a memo laying …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
New GOP Plan Would Save Military From Sequestration By Cutting Social Security  —  WASHINGTON — A pair of House Republicans have a new bill that would spare the military from sequestration by cutting the Social Security benefits of many Americans who already experience painful federal budget cuts.
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Lionsgate in Early Talks to Pick Up Hillary Clinton Biopic ‘Rodham’  —  James Ponsoldt, who directed “The Spectacular Now,” is helming the drama.  —  Lionsgate is in early talks to make Rodham, Temple Hill's and The Arlook Group's biopic of the former first lady, New York senator …
Hoover Institution:
The Classical Liberal Constitution  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of hoover ip squared working group steering committee)  —  Both progressives and conservatives fundamentally misunderstand our most important founding document.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Mini-Bargain: Patty Murray, Paul Ryan Closer To Modest Budget Deal  —  The chief Democrat and Republican budget negotiators are nearing a possible agreement to roll back a portion of the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.  —  Talks remain fluid and sources caution that a possible deal could still fall apart.
Wall Street Journal:
Cowan and Kessler: Economic Populism Is a Dead End for Democrats  —  The de Blasio-Warren agenda won't travel.  Colorado is the real political harbinger.  —  If you talk to leading progressives these days, you'll be sure to hear this message: The Democratic Party should embrace …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Notre Dame re-files ObamaCare suit  —  The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday re-filed a lawsuit contesting the controversial birth control mandate under ObamaCare.  —  The school said it believed the requirement that it provide its employees birth control as part of their insurance coverage impinged …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Los Angeles Times:
For Roger Mahony, clergy abuse cases were a threat to agenda  —  From the start of his tenure as the leader of L.A.'s Catholics, Roger Mahony had ambitious plans for the archdiocese.  But clergy molestation claims were vying for his attention.  —  A year after arriving in Los Angeles …
Anna Palmer / Politico:
John Boehner: Senate needs to ‘get serious’  —  Speaker John Boehner is putting the blame squarely on the Senate for the slow pace of legislative activity this Congress.  —  “When you look at the number of bills passed by the House and the paltry number of bills passed by the Senate …
Discussion: CNN
Reuters:
Detroit eligible for bankruptcy protection: U.S. judge  —  (Reuters) - Detroit is eligible for the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history because the city is broke and negotiations with its thousands of creditors were unfeasible, a federal judge said on Tuesday in a wide-ranging ruling …
Jeremy Schwartz / Austin American-Statesman:
Fort Hood prostitution trial begins  —  FORT HOOD —  A sexual assault prevention officer recruited young, financially distressed female soldiers to be part of an escort service involving senior noncommissioned officers, according to testimony Monday in the first day of the court-martial …
Discussion: Associated Press and Jezebel
Charles Davis / VICE:
The Exploited Laborers of the Liberal Media  —  Photo courtesy of Intern Labor Rights  —  Editor's note: For years, VICE used part-time unpaid interns—a practice that we recently halted.  We currently pay interns $10 an hour and limit them to 20 hours a week during the school year and 25 hours a week during the summer.
Ben Goad / The Hill:
SEC backs off corporate giving regs  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has dropped from its rulemaking agenda a contentious proposal to require publicly traded firms to disclose campaign spending to their shareholders.  —  The decision, heralded by First Amendment defenders …
Discussion: Reuters and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Poll: Americans Want Washington Focused on Jobs, Not Health
Discussion: Daily Kos
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