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8:00 AM ET, March 7, 2014

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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
New health insurance marketplaces signing up few uninsured Americans, two surveys find  —  The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway in signing up Americans who lack insurance, the Affordable Care Act's central goal, according to a pair of new surveys.
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New York Times:
Keeping Your Insurance Policy  —  The Obama administration announced a new policy on Wednesday that will allow many people to renew their existing insurance policies for two more years even though the policies don't provide the comprehensive coverage and consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act.
Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:
HHS Doesn't Know How Many Uninsured Are Signing Up for Obamacare  —  “That's not a data point we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way,” says a senior official.  —  There's a lot we don't know about how Obamacare enrollment is going.  Apparently that's also true even within the Obama administration.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Number of Americans Saying ACA Has Hurt Them Inches Up  —  Stark contrast along party lines on whether the law has helped or hurt  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although several parts of the Affordable Care Act have yet to be implemented, 23% of Americans say the healthcare law has hurt them or their families …
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Hit & Run
UTSanDiego.com:
Issa apologizes, skirts censure  —  Vista rep says he has personally apologized for cutting off Rep. Elijah Cummings during hearing  —  A chastened Rep. Darrell Issa says he has apologized to a fellow senior lawmaker for abruptly cutting off his microphone during a hearing Wednesday …
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Mary Grace Lucas / CNN:
Issa tries to ‘clear the air’ with Rep. Cummings
Discussion: Politico
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems slam Darrell Issa in resolution
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and The Mahablog
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Ukraine Throws Wrench Into Obama Vacation Plan  —  It was supposed be a weekend getaway to Florida for President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters, an escape from the frigid weather and lingering piles of snow around Washington.  But Russia's intervention in Ukraine has put Obama's plans in doubt …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
President Obama, Vladimir Putin speak on Ukraine crisis  —  President Barack Obama held an hour-long telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday afternoon in an effort to resolve the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, according to the White House.
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine crisis ends
John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
Bernie Sanders: ‘I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States’  —  Bernie Sanders says he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.”  That's not a formal announcement.  A lot can change between now and 2016, and the populist senator from Vermont bristles at the whole notion of a permanent campaign.
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Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Missing: GOP Contender in N.H. Senate Race  —  Before New Hampshire voters begin relishing their role as early vetters of 2016 presidential candidates, they may be hosting a marquee Senate race in 2014.  But for now, that political show is missing a leading man.
Discussion: OnPolitics
Juan Williams / Fox News:
Rutgers rage against Rice — why do liberals have so much hate for black conservatives?  —  Have you heard the news?  —  Condoleezza Rice lacks “moral authority.”  She fails to meet the standards of “exemplary citizenship” and she does not have what it takes to “inspire” graduating college seniors.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hammock Fallacy  —  Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.  So when you see something like the current scramble by Republicans to declare their deep concern for America's poor, it's a good sign, indicating a positive change in social norms.  Goodbye, sneering at the 47 percent; hello, fake compassion.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump Thinks Jimmy Carter Is Dead  —  Real estate mogul Donald Trump seems to think former President Jimmy Carter is dead.  —  Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Trump referred to the former president as the “late, great Jimmy Carter:”
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Pew Research Center's Social & …:
Millennials in Adulthood  —  Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends  —  Overview  —  The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood.  Now ranging in age from 18 to 331, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain Least Popular Senator in Country  —PPP's newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country.  Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Poll: John McCain's low job approval
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Andrew Klavan / City Journal:
A New Thing on Netflix  —  House of Cards is not a conservative show—except when it is.  —  House of Cards, the Netflix series about a lethally unscrupulous Washington politician, is a wonderful show, but it does sometimes stretch the limits of credulity.
WFMY-TV:
First Look: Game Passed Around Alamance Sheriff's Office  —  Within hundreds of pages of evidence form the the US Justice Department's suit are pictures of a video game.  —  CONNECT  —  BURLINGTON, N.C. - Within hundreds of pages of evidence from the the U-S Justice Department's suit …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Marco Rubio Fires Up CPAC with Speech Defining America's Post-Obama Foreign Policy  —  On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference attendees with a fiery speech focused on redefining America's approach to foreign affairs.
Discussion: The New Republic and Hot Air
Sara Malm / Daily Mail:
Left as a warning to others, suspected ‘U.S. spy’ killed by al-Qaeda militants is chained to football goalposts after being shot dead  —  Al Qaeda militants have executed a Yemeni man accused of being an infiltrator and tied him to a football goal as a ‘warning’ to others, security officials say.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Gateway Pundit
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
CPAC 2014: Chris Christie jabs Barack Obama, media  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Gov. Chris Christie lashed out at the media and blasted President Barack Obama's leadership during Thursday's gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference, his first major speech to a crowd …
Discussion: CNN and Eschaton
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Will Obama Ever Enforce His Health Law?
Discussion: JustOneMinute and New York Times
 
 
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Ideologue vs. the Children
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CNN:
Feds try to contact former top Christie aide, family
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Judge strikes down small drones ban
Discussion: The Verge
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: Putin Carterizes Obama, Totally
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Politico:
Michigan Senate election 2014: Gary Peters gets new campaign chief
Discussion: RedState
Joshschwartzkopf / CBS St. Louis:
Teachers Become Targets in Active Shooter Drills
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
What would Salon think of an article called, 'Why I can't stand Asian musicians who play Beethoven'?
Discussion: NewsBusters, Balloon Juice and Althouse
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Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand's sexual assault bill derailed
Discussion: Daily Kos
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Promises Illegals: Obamacare Sign Up Info Won't Be Used for Deportation
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: Free School Lunch Means Poor Parents Don't Care About Kids
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Army's top sex assault prosecutor suspended after assault allegation
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