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10:35 AM ET, April 1, 2014

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CNN:
Obamacare: Looks like they made it  —  Washington (CNN) — After a surge of sign-ups on the last day for open enrollment, Obamacare is on track to hit the White House's original target of 7 million people signing up, a senior administration official said Tuesday.
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Politico:
Obamacare and jobs: CBO adds fuel to fire  —  The Republicans just got a big gift from the Congressional Budget Office: It's going to be a lot easier for them to call Obamacare a “job killer.”  —  That's because the budget office's new economic report, released Tuesday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and PJ Media
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Plenty of ammo for anti-Obamacare ads in New York Times  —  OBAMACARE THE NEW YORK TIMES AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY  —  Some conservative political groups have run into trouble making ads that criticize Obamacare.  The ads were intended to showcase “horror stories” from the Democrats' national …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's self-defeating myopia: Why its Obamacare mania is now a gift to Democrats
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 …
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Intel probe: CIA misled on interrogation program  —  A new report compiled by the Senate Intelligence Committee found the CIA misled the government and public about its interrogation program, according to multiple reports.  —  The review suggests CIA officials covered up some interrogation methods …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Jersey GOPer Failed To File For Senate Race Because He Was Stuck In Traffic  —  A would-be Republican Senate candidate won't be challenging Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) because of traffic problems.  —  The candidate, ex-FBI agent Rob Turkavage, was unable to file for the Republican primary …
Discussion: Liberaland
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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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie weighs in on top Republicans, defends post-Sandy Obama praise
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Dissing of the President  —  The world is treating Obama like another failed American leader.  —  I've never liked the word diss—not as a verb, much less as a noun.  But watching the Obama administration get the diss treatment the world over, week-in, week-out, I'm beginning to see its uses.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Website Failures Impede Signup Surge as Deadline Nears  —  WASHINGTON — A frenzied last-minute scramble to sign up for health insurance overloaded phone lines and temporarily overwhelmed the website of the federal marketplace on Monday, as hundreds of thousands of people around …
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Deadline Dash: Health Care Sign-Ups Amid Glitches
Discussion: Liberaland and ACASignups.net
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Minimum wage deal emerging?  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is struggling to stop Senate Democrats from backing a plan to undercut President Obama's $10.10 minimum wage target.  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has been reaching out to Democrats to agree on a compromise that is threatening …
Discussion: Hot Air
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Conservatives to women: Lean back  —  The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees.  —  The advocacy group held a gathering of women of the right Monday afternoon to mark …
New York Times:
U.S. Is Weighing Release of a Spy for the Israelis  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is discussing the release of an American convicted of spying for Israel more than a quarter of a century ago, American officials said Monday, as it struggles to avert a collapse in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
CBS Sacramento:
Covered California Sends Deaf Callers To Hotline Offering ‘Hot Ladies’  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — On the deadline to sign up for health coverage through Covered California, some hearing-impaired residents were sent to a chat line offering ‘hot ladies’ instead of an insurance navigator.
Holly Watt / Telegraph:
British sniper in Afghanistan kills six Taliban with one bullet  —  Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards hit trigger switch of suicide bomber whose device then exploded, Telegraph learns  —  A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting …
John Harwood / New York Times:
Democrats Scramble to Stave Off Midterm Disaster  —  WASHINGTON — If it were only President Obama's flagging poll numbers, the problem for Democrats of how to mobilize core supporters to vote this fall would be bad enough.  Midterm elections for an unpopular president's party are almost always bleak.
Discussion: The Plum Line
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 …
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Avik Roy / Forbes:
RAND: Only One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Sign-Ups Were From The Previously Uninsured
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
OKCupid asks users to boycott Firefox because of CEO's gay rights stance  —  Anyone accessing the popular dating site OKCupid with Firefox today is in for a surprise.  Instead of the homepage, OKCupid.com is serving Firefox users with a message calling out Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for his support …
Steve Annear / Boston Magazine:
Saudi Man Investigated After Marathon Bombings Sues Glenn Beck for Defamation, Slander  —  In a court filing, Abdulrahman Alharbi claims the political commentator smeared his name.  —  A Boston man searched by authorities in the days following the Marathon bombings is suing a national media outlet …
Guy Taylor / Washington Times:
CIA officer confirmed no protests before misleading Benghazi account given  —  Information on ground rejects protest account  —  Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest …
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 …
 
 
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Bevin hits McConnell for debt-limit increase
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Aide: Obama still has ‘faith’ in Secret Service
canada.com:
Signs for fake mayoral candidates pop up in Toronto
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Finland Frets as Russia Launches Military Drills on Its Doorstep
Discussion: Mashable and Liberaland
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Dynasty Isn't Just for Monarchies Anymore
Ben Gitis / Research:
How Minimum Wage Increased Unemployment and Reduced Job Creation in 2013
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson Says Jews Are Too Busy Polishing Diamonds To Fix Their Cars
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Senator Says Caterpillar Avoided Billions in Taxes
Discussion: Politico
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
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Arizona GOP gives private prison company $1 million to house inmates who don't exist
John McConnico / Fox News:
National Science Foundation funded climate change musical to tune of $700,000
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
‘Imperial Presidency’ Becomes Republicans' Rallying Slogan
Politico:
Dave Camp won't seek reelection
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Guardian:
Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 

 
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