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4:00 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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Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘What the hell is this, a joke?’  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration's decision to extend enrollment in the healthcare law's insurance exchange for some people.  —  “What the hell is this, a joke?”  Boehner said at his weekly press conference.
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
5 GOP senators flout John Boehner on jobless aid  —  Sen. Dean Heller wants to restore expired unemployment benefits so much that he voted against a Ukraine aid bill on Monday, protesting the prioritization of international affairs over domestic ones.  —  Suffice it to say, then …
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner rips latest Obamacare extension: ‘What the hell is this, a joke?’
Discussion: Politico
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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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
It's time for the White House to start sweating over legal challenge to Obamacare subsidies
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Confusion plagues the right: Why it doesn't understand liberal views of the Hobby Lobby case
Discussion: National Review and The Dish
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
What's Religious About Corporate America Cheating Workers?
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
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Politico:
Obama on Ukraine faceoff: ‘Not another Cold War’
Discussion: Associated Press
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Deep thoughts by Barack Obama
Mercury News:
State Sen. Leland Yee indicted for public corruption in major FBI operation  —  SAN FRANCISCO — State Sen. Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, law-enforcement sources said, casting yet another cloud of corruption …
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Shawn Brouwer / KQCA-TV:
Sen. Leland Yee arrested on bribery, corruption charges
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC is in serious trouble  —  This is the story of MSNBC in a nutshell: It rose to prominence on its criticism of George W. Bush, peaked during Barack Obama's historic 2008 campaign, and, by criticizing Republicans and championing liberal causes, sustained its viewership in the years that followed.
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Roland Oliphant / Telegraph:
Ukraine's spy dolphins switch allegiance to Russia  —  Ukrainian Army dophins, which have been trained to plan bombs and kill frogmen, will be transferred to Russia  —  Russian forces completed their take over of the Ukrainian navy's assets in Crimea with the storming of the minesweeper Cherkessy.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, CANNONFIRE and CNN
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RIA Novosti:
Crimean Military Dolphins to Serve in Russian Navy
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 …
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.
Benjy Sarlin / msnbc.com:
GOP threatens to push self-destruct button in Georgia Senate race  —  MACON, Ga. - 2014 is a Republican year.  The party has the map, the candidates, and the money to finally retake the Senate after blowing the last two tries by nominating weak ultra-conservative candidates in critical races.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson Recalls The Days When Gays Were Stoned To Death, Blames Satan For Gay Rights  —  Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson said that Satan is behind homosexuality and that Jesus wouldn't have served gay couples since they would have been stoned to death.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
NRCC dinner raises $15.1 million  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $15.1 million for its annual March dinner, the biggest haul since the party began hosting the event, according to GOP sources.  —  It's a particularly important moment for Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) …
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Lindsay Abrams / Salon:
10,853 out of 10,855 scientists agree: Global warming is happening, and humans are to blame  —  Virtually all of the scientific papers published in 2013 accept climate change  —  As geochemist James Lawrence Powell continues to prove, the only people still debating whether or not climate change is …
BBC:
North Korea: Men required to get Kim Jong-un haircuts  —  By News from Elsewhere...  ...as found by BBC Monitoring  —  Men in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported.  —  The state-sanctioned guidelines were introduced …
 
 
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Jessica Alaimo / Capital New York:
Legislature approves National Popular Vote
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Lauren French / Politico:
Republicans hammer new IRS chief over tea party melee
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
Hawaii Lawmaker, Police Agree To Prostitution Ban
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Canada shows you can cut government spending
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEightFeatures:
Clinton Is Polling Like an Incumbent, And That Could Help Her in 2016
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Seniors Have Realigned With the Republican Party
Patricia Wen / The Boston Globe:
Mass. granted permanent custody of Justina Pelletier
Martin Robinson / Daily Mail:
Outrage as brother of one of Lee Rigby's killers condemns judge for handing down full-life sentence …
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Pentagon spent millions on Benghazi probes
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GOP again accuses Sebelius of misleading ObamaCare testimony
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