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5:05 PM ET, March 27, 2014

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Marilyn Tavenner / HHS.gov:
6 Million and Counting!  —  As this historic open enrollment period enters its final days, more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces since October 1, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Those looking to get covered …
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ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million
Wall Street Journal:
The Individual Mandate Goes Poof
Discussion: Politico, AEIdeas and Betsy's Page
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Baghdad Bob of Health Insurance
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightDataLab:
For Columnist, a Change of Tone  —  A New York Times columnist has expressed substantially more negative sentiments about FiveThirtyEight since it left The New York Times, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.  —  The columnist, Paul Krugman, who writes about economics and politics for The Times …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
The Nate Silver-Paul Krugman Feud Just Won't End  —  Nate Silver and his newfound rival Paul Krugman traded shots again on Wednesday in what looks increasingly like a battle for the last word.  —  Each barb had echoes of what the two wonks told TPM in recent emails.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Krugman-Silver Sparring Match  —  Since I admire both New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and FiveThirtyEight proprietor Nate Silver (with whom I worked at the pre-Times version of the site), I'm not real jazzed about the sniping that's going on between them.
Discussion: Eschaton
San Francisco magazine:
The Indictment Against Leland Yee Puts “The Wire's” Clay Davis to Shame  —  Sheeeeeeeeeit, partner.  —  If you thought the charges against Leland Yee would be bad, you had no idea.  As in, he offered to set up an arms deal with Islamic rebels for $2 million in cash.  As in, he has ties to a gangster named Shrimp Boy.
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Doug Powers / Twitchy:
Hypocrisy overload: Tweets from gun control advocate Leland Yee, charged with arms trafficking
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Official Said He Told Christie of Lane Closings, Bridge Scandal Report Says  —  The Port Authority official who oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge said that he had informed Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey about it at a Sept. 11 memorial while the closings were occurring …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Report: Messy office dynamics in Bridgegate
Discussion: CNN
Emily E. Smith / Oregonian:
Jessica Dutro murder trial: Motive for Tigard killing was 4-year-old's perceived homosexuality, prosecutors say  —  Jessica Dutro believed her 4-year-old son, Zachary Dutro-Boggess was gay, prosecutors told the court Wednesday, and that was her motive for subjecting him to deadly beatings.
Daniel Rothberg / Los Angeles Times:
Reid will refund campaign for purchases from granddaughter's business  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to reimburse his campaign more than $16,000 for purchasing holiday gifts from his granddaughter's jewelry business.  —  The Federal Election Commission …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Matthew Yglesias is Juice Vox Media's Village Idiot and Liar-in-Chief  —  Well, now we know why the Washington Post did not want to invest in Ezra Klein's “explanatory journalism” nonsense.  Turns out it is just a left-wing propaganda tool trying to spin instead of explain.
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Patterico's Pontifications:
Matt Yglesias Fails Big With Voxsplainer on the National Debt: The First Words Out of His Mouth Are Flatly False
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Oversight Dems To Issa: Drop The Charade And Let's Do Some Real Work  —  All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are calling on Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to cease his “partisan investigation” into the deadly September 2012 attack in Benghazi …
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
IRS commissioner: 'It's going to take years' to produce documents about Tea Party targeting
Discussion: Power Line
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership  —  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama's ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world.
Geoffrey Skelley / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Putting Their Eggs in the Wrong Midterm Basket  —  Why Democrats' increased reliance on young voters may lead them to struggle in midterm elections in the near future  —  Barring significant changes in group voting habits, many commentators have argued that “The Coalition of the Ascendant” …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Judge Tells Women Lawyers Not To Dress Like ‘An Ignorant Slut’  —  Judge Richard Kopf, a George H.W. Bush appointee to a federal court in Nebraska, offered some strange advice to women litigators in a piece posted to his personal blog on Tuesday: don't wear clothing that would cause …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House Abruptly Passes Medicare Pay Fix By Voice Vote  —  The Republican-led House abruptly and unexpectedly passed a Medicare physician payment fix Thursday by an unrecorded voice vote, amid questions about whether the bill had the votes to clear the chamber.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Hit & Run:
Economist Tyler Cowen Pepper Sprayed While Teaching Class at George Mason University  —  Economist, author, and George Mason University (GMU) professor Tyler Cowen was pepper sprayed in his classroom today by a man trying to place him under citizen's arrest.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Caller
The White House:
FACT SHEET: The Administration's Proposal for Ending the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program  —  On January 17, 2014, President Obama gave a speech at the Department of Justice on his Administration's review of certain intelligence activities.  During this speech …
ThinkProgress:
Homeless Mother Gets Job Interview But Doesn't Have Childcare, Ends Up In Jail  —  CREDIT: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office  —  Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless.  So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Zack O'Malley Greenburg / Forbes:
Why Wu-Tang Will Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album  —  Somewhere on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, inside a vault housed beneath the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, there sits an engraved silver-and-nickel box with the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized.
 
 
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Bill Schmalfeldt / Liberaland:
The Release Of Roger Shuler Is Good News, But The Fight Continues
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Legal Schnauzer
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
President Obama got elected on competence. Now people are starting to wonder.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Why Can't the Left Govern?
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: JOHN CORNYN RIPS CHUCK SCHUMER'S MEDIA ‘SHIELD LAW’
Discussion: Politico and Shot in the Dark
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Western governments see continuing Russian buildup on Ukraine border
Discussion: Hit & Run, Taylor Marsh and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
James Oliphant / The Atlantic Online:
Conservatives Are Taking the Gun Fight to Knives
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
PLOS ONE:
The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Crime: Evidence from State Panel Data, 1990-2006
Discussion: Hit & Run and Firedoglake
Jonathan Zimmerman / Los Angeles Times:
Good for the Bushes and the Clintons, but not good for America
Greg Botelho / CNN:
Charlotte mayor accused of bribery, extortion
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Disapproval of Obama climbs to new high
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Despite ‘wake-up call’ in Ukraine, Europe reluctant to bolster its militaries
Discussion: WorldViews and Hot Air
New York Times:
Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds  —  A new report released by the Department …
 

 
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