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11:25 AM ET, March 31, 2014

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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 …
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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 …
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Enrollment Heading to 7 Million at Deadline
Discussion: The Agonist and Guardian
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: CNN, Politico and Taylor Marsh
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Politico:
HealthCare.gov offline for nearly six hours on deadline morning  —  Obamacare sign-up closes at midnight and enrollment is surging, but a technical flare-up on HealthCare.gov Monday morning marred the administration's momentum.  —  The online portal, which had been handling millions of visitors …
Discussion: CNN, USA Today, Mashable and ACASignups.net
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
HealthCare.gov restored after morning outage
Discussion: National Review
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Dems try to keep hope alive with ACA mantra
Discussion: CNN
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.
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 …
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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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.
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CNN:
Little time left to turn down the world's heat, U.N. says
Discussion: Liberaland
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson: Wild card  —  Plus, Zeidman suggested that Adelson's personal feelings on the various 2016 possibilities won't factor into his decision as they did in 2012.  “None of them have a 20-year history like Newt Gingrich did,” Zeidman said of the former House speaker's relationship with Adelson.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Report: Review finds torture methods not key in bin Laden hunt  —  A forthcoming Senate report concludes that waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques did not provide any key evidence that aided the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Associated Press reports.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:   Senate Torture Report Examines Hunt for Bin Laden
Los Angeles Times:
Democratic turnout seen as key to party's retaining Senate control  —  The Democratic Party is tackling a historical weakness: the failure of Democratic voters to show up for midterm elections.  —  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe gestures during a news conference in Richmond.
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Andrew Kohut / Wall Street Journal:   The Demographics Behind the Democrats' 2014 Troubles
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: Bloomberg View
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: The Moderate Voice
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.
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.
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Obama Must Show He'll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine  —  To deter Putin and other aggressors, diplomatic and economic slaps are not enough; the U.S. needs a military dimension.  —  Don't pop the champagne corks just yet because Vladimir Putin phoned Barack Obama to pursue diplomacy on Ukraine and environs.
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Maggie Fox / NBC News:
Obamacare Website Fails as Deadline Arrives
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North, South Korea trade artillery rounds into the sea: Seoul
Discussion: Liberaland and The Diplomat
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Is There Hope for the Survivors of the Drug Wars?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Jobs and Skills and Zombies
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Lewis / New York Times:
An Adaptation From ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,’ by Michael Lewis
Discussion: The Verge and Bloomberg View
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Jim Miller / Sacramento Bee:
Leland Yee's campaign debt at root of criminal behavior, authorities allege
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Chelsea Handler to End E! Show, Manager Says (Exclusive)
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New York Times:
Blind to the System's Ingenuity and Ability to Reinvent
Discussion: naked capitalism
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
California Farmers Short of Labor, and Patience
Discussion: Steve Sailer and Power Line
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Chickens come home to roost for Obama
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