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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
Juan Williams / The Hill:
O-Care perception bests reality
Discussion: CNN
She The People:
GOP women in midterm races say Obamacare trumps equal pay
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 …
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
Politico:
Deadline day: Obamacare glitches, take 2  —  A double whammy of new HealthCare.gov glitches shadowed the final day of Obamacare sign-up, causing confusion and delay just as the White House tried to push procrastinatorsover an enrollment finish line that may be far closer to the 7 million mark than seemed possible even a week ago.
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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.
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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie weighs in on top Republicans, defends post-Sandy Obama praise  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who's considering a 2016 White House run, listed some names for “good” potential Republican presidential candidates, including two non-governors.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
‘Imperial Presidency’ Becomes Republicans' Rallying Slogan  —  COLUMBUS, Ga. — Republicans, poised for strong gains in the midterm elections, are offering starkly conflicting messages about President Obama to rally their voters.  In one moment, they say the president is feckless and weak.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marlena Baldacci / CNN:
Mississippi death row inmate Michelle Byrom to get new trial  —  Women of death row … (CNN) — A new trial has been ordered for Mississippi death row inmate Michelle Byrom, according to a state Supreme Court opinion issued Monday.  —  Byrom's capital murder conviction was reversed …
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Will Release His New Budget On Tuesday  —  House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) will release his new budget blueprint on Tuesday, his office announced.  —  It's scheduled to be unveiled on Capitol Hill in the morning and marked up in the Budget Committee the following day, on Wednesday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
U.S. talks with Israel on release of spy Jonathan Pollard  —  JERUSALEM — The United States is talking with Israel about the possibility of releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early from his life sentence as an incentive in the troubled Mideast peace negotiations, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.
Discussion: Politico and Liberaland
 
 
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Guardian:
Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
DHS document: 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions released in 2013
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and RedState
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson: Wild card
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Enrollment Heading to 7 Million at Deadline
Discussion: The Reaction and Guardian
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Record volume for O-Care exchanges
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos Reject the Ballot Box Altogether