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3:30 PM ET, March 31, 2014

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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
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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.
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.
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.
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
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
HealthCare.gov restored after morning outage
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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.
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: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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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 …
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.
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
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
Bloomberg:
Yellen Says Slack in Job Market Shows Need for Support  —  Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, easing investor concern that interest rates may rise earlier than previously forecast, said the world's biggest economy will need Fed stimulus for “some time.”  —  Yellen said today the Fed …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and VodkaPundit
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Enrollment Heading to 7 Million at Deadline  —  The first yearly sign-up period for Obamacare closes today, with early returns suggesting the administration may near a projection of 7 million enrollees made before the U.S. health exchange struggled at its startup.
Discussion: Guardian and The Agonist
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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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Cris Barrish / delawareonline:
Judge said du Pont heir ‘will not fare well’ in prison
 
 
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