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9:45 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.
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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 …
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
She The People:
GOP women in midterm races say Obamacare trumps equal pay
CNN:
Begala: I got a better deal through Obamacare
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and CBS DC
Juan Williams / The Hill:
O-Care perception bests reality
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Making up good news about Obamacare  —  The Obama administration is celebrating that it has achieved its (downwardly revised) goal of signing up more than 6 million Americans for Obamacare by 11:59 p.m. March 31.  Mission accomplished!  —  Not quite.  The administration has not revealed …
Discussion: Power Line and CNSNews
Avik Roy / Forbes:
RAND: Only One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Sign-Ups Were From The Previously Uninsured  —  Today is March 31, 2014: in theory, the last day you can sign up for coverage under the subsidized Obamacare insurance exchanges.  If you've been a regular reader of this space, you know that the numbers …
David Firestone / New York Times:
The Line to Kiss Sheldon Adelson's Boots  —  It's hard to imagine a political spectacle more loathsome than the parade of Republican presidential candidates who spent the last few days bowing and scraping before the mighty bank account of the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hullabaloo
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie weighs in on top Republicans, defends post-Sandy Obama praise
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson: Wild card
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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John McConnico / Fox News:   National Science Foundation funded climate change musical to tune of $700,000
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
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Sebelius Speechless After Reporter Tells Her How Unpopular Obamacare Is  —  An Oklahoma reporter told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius how unpopular Obamacare is, rendering the cabinet secretary speechless:  —  “At last check, 64 percent of Oklahomans aren't buying …
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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Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Arizona GOP gives private prison company $1 million to house inmates who don't exist  —  Lobbyists for the private prison company GEO Group convinced lawmakers to include almost $1 million extra in funding despite the fact that the Arizona Department of Corrections claimed the money wasn't needed.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Arizona Republic:
Arizona private prisons may get extra $1 million
Discussion: RT
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
President ‘Crushed Hopes of Law School’ by Rejecting Dean Candidates Approved by Faculty  —  Gainesville Sun op-ed: Failed dean search delivers a terrible blow to law school, by Michelle Jacobs (Florida):  —  I am a tenured full professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Politico:
Dave Camp won't seek reelection  —  Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the prestigious Ways and Means Committee, will not run for reelection in November, according to multiple Republican sources.  —  Camp was first elected in 1990.
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Senator Says Caterpillar Avoided Billions in Taxes
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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Despite IPCC doom report, this dataset of datasets shows no warming this millennium
Discussion: Doug Ross and Power Line
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
‘Imperial Presidency’ Becomes Republicans' Rallying Slogan
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marlena Baldacci / CNN:
Mississippi death row inmate Michelle Byrom to get new trial
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Will Release His New Budget On Tuesday
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Guardian:
Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side
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U.S. talks with Israel on release of spy Jonathan Pollard
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
President Obama backs Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa
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
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
How To Get Marginal Voters to the Polls
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Other People's Pathologies
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