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11:25 AM ET, April 1, 2014

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CNN:
Official: Surge puts Obamacare on track for 7 million  —  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
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's self-defeating myopia: Why its Obamacare mania is now a gift to Democrats  —  Turns out the political conventional wisdom around the Affordable Care Act is wrong — and the right may be sorry  —  Here's a riddle for anyone who thinks the politics of Obamacare are straightforward, and toxic for 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
Associated Press:
BREAKING: Obamacare Sign-Ups on Track to Hit 7 Million on Final Day  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Beating expectations, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day Monday, government officials told The Associated Press.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Website Failures Impede Signup Surge as Deadline Nears
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Making up good news about Obamacare
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Deadline Dash: Health Care Sign-Ups Amid Glitches
Discussion: Liberaland and ACASignups.net
Avik Roy / Forbes:
RAND: Only One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Sign-Ups Were From The Previously Uninsured
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
Peter Schorsch / SaintPetersBlog:
The bizarre double life of conservative congressional hopeful Jake Rush  —  Running for the U.S. Congress can be the role of a lifetime for a budding politician, which would seem on the surface to fit right in with “conservative” Republican candidate Jacob A. Rush.
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 …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
How Republicans Rationalize Voter Suppression  —  The GOP's claims of defending “voter integrity,” “fairness,” and “uniformity” are complete nonsense.  —  Since 2011, Republican lawmakers in swing states have pushed hard for new restrictions on voting, from voter identification to new rules on early voting and ballot access.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
David Dayen / The New Republic:
Someone Else's Debt Could Ruin Your Credit Rating  —  Debt collectors are pursuing one in seven Americans—and often screwing up  —  Last month, Amrit Singh, an adjunct professor at Hostos Community College in the South Bronx, received a letter from the New York City Marshal, advising him that he owed $10,000, due within 20 days.
Discussion: susiemadrak.com
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.”
 
 
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