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12:05 PM ET, March 26, 2014

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kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: March 2014  —  Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie … Most uninsured unaware of March 31 deadline, half plan to remain uninsured  —  In the final days of open enrollment for new health insurance options under the ACA, substantial shares …
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace  —  The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health-care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. to Extend Sign-Up Period For Insurance
Discussion: The Week
Susan Levine / Politico:
A brief history of Obamacare delays
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Peace in the culture wars —  if the Left wants it  —  GAY MARRIAGE OBAMACARE RELIGION CONTRACEPTION HOBBY LOBBY SANDRA FLUKE  —  Sometimes it's hard to believe the other side is being honest.  —  Democratic politicians and liberal writers accuse Christian employers of “tell[ing] …
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Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
What's Religious About Corporate America Cheating Workers?
Discussion: Liberaland
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Slippery slopes before the court
ThinkProgress:
Justice Kennedy Thinks Hobby Lobby Is An Abortion Case — That's Bad News For Birth Control
Discussion: American Prospect
John Dickerson / Slate:
The Iowa Democrat who belittled Iowa farmers while praising lawyers.  —  Those looking for greater efficiency in Washington should look to Rep. Bruce Braley.  In the space of just a few seconds, the four-term Iowa Democrat delivered a campaign gaffe of such power that the Environmental Protection Agency may seek to regulate it.
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
Washington Post:
Secret Service agents on Obama detail sent home from Netherlands after night of drinking  —  Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident.
Carla Marinucci / blog.sfgate.com:
Venture capitalist Tim Draper “close” to collecting signatures needed for Six Californias measure  —  Venture capitalist Tim Draper says he is getting “close” to collecting the necessary 800,000 signatures needed to get his “Six Californias” measure before state voters in 2014 …
CBS News:
Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of Ukraine crisis  —  Shares -  —  President Obama: Ukraine and Foreign Policy  —  While a majority of Americans (56 percent) support U.S. sanctions against Russia, they are less pleased with President Obama's handling of the situation between Russia and Ukraine overall.
Facebook:
Facebook to Acquire Oculus  —  Acquisition positions Facebook to accelerate Oculus' growth in gaming, communications and new social experiences  —  Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion.
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Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
Putin's Challenge to the West  —  Russia has thrown down a gauntlet that is not limited to Crimea or even Ukraine.  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin has a long-festering grudge: He deeply resents the West for winning the Cold War.  He blames the United States in particular for the collapse …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
It's time for the White House to start sweating over legal challenge to Obamacare subsidies  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE APPEALS COURTS KATHLEEN SEBELIUS SUBSIDIES HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES HHS  —  As the U.S. Supreme Court weighed the constitutionality of a contraception coverage mandate Tuesday morning …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon spent millions on Benghazi probes  —  The Pentagon said Tuesday that its work to comply with the six congressional investigations into the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, has cost the military millions of dollars and thousands of man hours.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Liberaland
Martin Robinson / Daily Mail:
Outrage as brother of one of Lee Rigby's killers condemns judge for handing down full-life sentence after ‘trial by public’  —  The brother of one of Lee Rigby's murderers said today that the decision to give his sibling a whole life prison sentence was Islamophobic.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Deep thoughts by Barack Obama  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl touched a nerve when he asked President Obama whether Mitt Romney might have been on to something with his observation that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe.  The question came in Obama's press conference at the Hague yesterday.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP again accuses Sebelius of misleading ObamaCare testimony  —  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday saying she had been “evasive and perhaps misleading” in her testimony before the committee earlier this month.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
O'Reilly Goes Off On ‘Race Hustlers’ Who Slammed Paul Ryan (VIDEO)  —  Fox News host Bill O'Reilly backed Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) disputed comments on a culture of “inner city” men not working on Tuesday night, arguing “race hustlers” would have branded the congressman a racist no matter what he said about poverty.
Discussion: theGrio
Patricia Wen / The Boston Globe:
Mass. granted permanent custody of Justina Pelletier  —  Pelletier's parents rebuked over handling of case, abusive manner with officials  —  A long-running child custody case took a dramatic turn Tuesday, when a Massachusetts juvenile court judge awarded permanent custody of teenager Justina Pelletier …
 
 
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Fox News:
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The Express Tribune:
Polio worker kidnapped from Chamkani found dead
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Michelle: ‘There Were Actually Laws in America that Allowed Discrimination Against Black People Like Me’
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is Nate Silver Biting the Hoof That Feeds?
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David Brock blasts ‘political smutmongers,’ Rand Paul
 

 
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