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4:25 PM ET, March 31, 2014

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ThinkProgress:
Fox News Host Demands To Know Why GOP Hasn't Offered An Alternative To Obamacare  —  On the final day of Obamacare's open enrollment, Fox News host Jenna Lee hammered Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about why Republicans have yet to offer a comprehensive alternative to the health law — despite repeatedly voting for its repeal.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
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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
Douglas Graham / Roll Call:
Cantor Says GOP Finishing Work on Obamacare Alternative, Details Agenda  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., reiterated on Friday that the House plans to bring up a bill to replace President Barack Obama's health care law.  —  In a memo to members laying out the House agenda …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Fix:
Democrats' support for Obamacare surges  —  Democrats are rallying back behind the 2010 health-care law and boosting President Obama's ratings for handling the law's rollout, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  But most Republicans and independents remain stubbornly opposed …
CNN:
Begala: I got a better deal through Obamacare
Discussion: CBS DC and Real Clear Politics
She The People:
GOP women in midterm races say Obamacare trumps equal pay
Discussion: Daily Kos, ABC News and Hullabaloo
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 …
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.
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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
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.
Steve Kroft / CBS News:
Is the U.S. stock market rigged?  —  Steve Kroft reports on a new book from Michael Lewis that reveals how some high-speed traders work the stock market to their advantage  —  The following script is from “Rigged” which aired on March 30, 2014.  Steve Kroft is the correspondent.
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Michael Lewis / New York Times:
An Adaptation From ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,’ by Michael Lewis
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Verge
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 …
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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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
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
BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: U.S. Taxpayers To Spend $400,000 For A Camel Sculpture In Pakistan  —  A camel staring at the eye of a needle would decorate a new American embassy — in a country where the average income yearly is $1,250.  —  “Camel Contemplating Needle” by John Baldessari on display …
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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Steve Sebelius / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Christie clear winner of Adelson primary
 
 
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
President Obama backs Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa
Discussion: CNN, The Fix and Post Politics
Ginni Thomas / The Daily Caller:
Lila Rose became an activist against abortion at 15 years of age …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Yellen Says Slack in Job Market Shows Need for Support
Discussion: Vox Popoli and VodkaPundit
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Jury Rejects Insanity Defense in '08 Killing of Manhattan Therapist
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North, South Korea trade artillery rounds into the sea: Seoul
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Is There Hope for the Survivors of the Drug Wars?
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Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Enrollment Heading to 7 Million at Deadline
Discussion: Guardian and The Agonist
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Inside the Koch-Funded Ads Giving Dems Fits
Discussion: RedState
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Jobs and Skills and Zombies
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Jim Miller / Sacramento Bee:
Leland Yee's campaign debt at root of criminal behavior, authorities allege
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos Reject the Ballot Box Altogether
Tom Boggioni / The Raw Story:
Judge: Probation for du Pont heir in daughter rape because ‘he would not fare well’ in prison
 

 
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