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2:55 PM ET, March 31, 2014

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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
That Good News on Obamacare?  Republicans Insist It's Not Real  —  Americans are signing up for the Affordable Care Act.  And they appear to be doing so in really big numbers.  As of the latest official update, last week, more than 6 million people had selected a private insurance plan through …
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare has led to health coverage for millions more people  —  At least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gotten health insurance since Obamacare started, surveys and reports show.  —  Precise figures on national health coverage will not be available for months …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
O-Care perception bests reality  —  Last week, in the run-up to Monday's deadline for enrolling in ObamaCare, I called one of the few people with a hand in designing both the Affordable Care Act and the Massachusetts healthcare reform plan signed into law in 2006 by then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R).
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Maryland gears up for health exchange redo  —  On Monday, the first enrollment period for health insurance plans made possible by the Affordable Care Act will end, so call centers in Maryland plan to stay open until midnight in a last-minute effort to boost enrollment numbers.
ThinkProgress:
Fox News Host Demands To Know Why GOP Hasn't Offered An Alternative To Obamacare
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Douglas Graham / Roll Call:   Cantor Says GOP Finishing Work on Obamacare Alternative, Details Agenda
She The People:
GOP women in midterm races say Obamacare trumps equal pay
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and ABC News
CNBC:
Health care website stumbles on last day  —  ACA deadline hits tonight  —  The deadline to sign up for Obamacare is midnight tonight, reports CNBC's Bertha Coombs.  —  The Obama administration's health care website stumbled early Monday , falling out of service for nearly four hours on deadline day for sign-ups.
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Politico:
Obamacare glitches, take two  —  The Obamacare enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, endured renewed technical problems on Monday, creating serious obstacles for people trying to sign up before the midnight deadline and stirring up all those bad memories of the botched October launch.
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Enrollment Heading to 7 Million at Deadline
Discussion: Guardian and The Agonist
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
HealthCare.gov restored after morning outage
Discussion: National Review
NY Daily News:
Ratings may sink Ronan Farrow's show on MSNBC  —  ‘Ronan Farrow Daily’ came in 708th in the Nielsens on Wednesday, and a network source says he ‘sort of stinks on TV’  —  Ronan Farrow's MSNBC talk show is facing cancellation amid poor ratings, sources exclusively tell Confidenti@l.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
DHS document: 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions released in 2013  —  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials last year released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions, undercutting Democratic claims that President Obama has strictly enforced immigration laws.
Discussion: RedState
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
68,000 illegal aliens with criminal records caught and released
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
REPORT: OBAMA ADMIN RELEASED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CRIMINALS
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
How To Get Marginal Voters to the Polls  —  Thanks to a lot of insistent writing by a lot of writers (perhaps including yours truly), with assists from President Obama and from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, the CW is finally beginning to settle on the proposition that the biggest challenge …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Los Angeles Times:   Democratic turnout seen as key to party's retaining Senate control
Andrew Kohut / Wall Street Journal:   The Demographics Behind the Democrats' 2014 Troubles
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
How You, I, and Everyone Got the Top 1 Percent All Wrong  —  Unveiling the real story behind the richest of the rich  —  For years, I've been making the same embarrassing mistake about U.S. economic inequality.  Sorry.  —  I've written, over and over, that the most important divide …
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Panel's Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come  —  YOKOHAMA, Japan — Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world's oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Other People's Pathologies  —  Over the past week or so, Jonathan Chait and I have enjoyed an ongoing debate over the rhetoric the president employs when addressing African Americans.  Here is my initial installment, Chait's initial rebuttal, my subsequent reply, and Chait's latest riposte.
Discussion: The Dish and Bloomberg View
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Record volume for O-Care exchanges  —  The federal health insurance marketplace saw record volume for a Saturday, and operators at the federal call centers struggled to keep up with the volume of calls as consumers flooded the ObamaCare exchanges ahead of Monday's enrollment deadline.
Discussion: Politico and Taylor Marsh
Tom Boggioni / The Raw Story:
Judge: Probation for du Pont heir in daughter rape because ‘he would not fare well’ in prison  —  A Superior Court judge who sentenced an heir to the du Pont fortune to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter wrote in her order that he “will not fare well” in prison and suggested …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos Reject the Ballot Box Altogether  —  AURORA, Colo. — As the weather warms, Lizeth Chacon is anticipating a new season of registering Latino voters — yet dreading experiences like one late last year, when she came upon a skate park full of older teenagers.
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Inside the Koch-Funded Ads Giving Dems Fits  —  In one of the ads Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has put on the air this year, a thirtysomething actress stands against a white backdrop and looks into the camera.  “People don't like political ads,” she says plaintively.  “I don't like them either.
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
HEALTH CARE WEBSITE STUMBLES ON LAST DAY
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Raw Story and Hullabaloo
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Jobs and Skills and Zombies
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Michael Lewis / New York Times:
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Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Verge
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Leland Yee's campaign debt at root of criminal behavior, authorities allege