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11:40 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
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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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
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
That Good News on Obamacare? Republicans Insist It's Not Real
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Modest Obamacare reforms insured more people than massive system overhaul
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
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
John McConnico / Fox News:
National Science Foundation funded climate change musical to tune of $700,000  —  Call it Climate Change: The Musical!  —  The National Science Foundation has spent nearly $700,000 on a climate change-themed theatrical production, leaving some in Congress questioning if the organization's grant funds could be put to better use.
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Panel's Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson Says Jews Are Too Busy Polishing Diamonds To Fix Their Cars  —  Conservative activist Daniel Lapin, the Religious Right's favorite rabbi who was also tied to the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal, appeared today on the 700 Club to tell host Pat Robertson about his new book on the “ancient Jewish wisdom” of “making money.”
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 …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says  —  A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods …
Discussion: Liberaland and emptywheel
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CBS News:   Senate panel says torture didn't help U.S. in hunt for Osama bin Laden: AP
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Senator Says Caterpillar Avoided Billions in Taxes  —  Manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. has used an aggressive tax strategy to shift profits overseas in order to avoid paying billions in U.S. taxes, according to a new investigative report by a key Senate Democrat.
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
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.
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
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Dynasty Isn't Just for Monarchies Anymore  —  A Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 would hardly be unusual.  American politics is more of a family affair than you think.  —  Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush may not agree on much, but they surely recognize they need each other in 2016.
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.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Despite IPCC doom report, this dataset of datasets shows no warming this millennium  —  HadCRUT4, the last of the five monthly global datasets to report its February value, shows the same sharp drop in global temperature over the month as the other datasets.
Discussion: Power Line and Doug Ross
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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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
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Guardian:
Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side
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Associated Press:
U.S. talks with Israel on release of spy Jonathan Pollard
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Lila Rose became an activist against abortion at 15 years of age …
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Bloomberg:
Yellen Says Slack in Job Market Shows Need for Support
Discussion: Vox Popoli and VodkaPundit
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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