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2:10 PM ET, April 1, 2014

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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 …
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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.
Politico:
Obamacare enrollment period ends with massive surge
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
BREAKING: Obamacare Sign-Ups on Track to Hit 7 Million on Final Day
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's self-defeating myopia: Why its Obamacare mania is now a gift to Democrats
Discussion: The New Republic, The Plum Line and CNN
Fox News:
ObamaCare sign-ups reportedly on track to hit 7 million - but will they pay?
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Althouse
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Website Failures Impede Signup Surge as Deadline Nears
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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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The CIA and the Moral Sunk Costs of the Torture Program  —  This morning, The Washington Post has a blockbuster story about that 6,300-page Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's torture program.  The part that will likely get the most attention is the conclusion that torture produced little …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Intel probe: CIA misled on interrogation program
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John Dickerson / Slate:
Why a Jeb Bush presidential run would be hard on the GOP.  —  Jeb Bush is having a moment.  For two months or so, as Chris Christie's presidential fortunes have appeared abridged, people who have supported the New Jersey governor (or at least are predisposed to support him) …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Bloomberg View
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Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Dynasty Isn't Just for Monarchies Anymore
Discussion: protein wisdom and Daily Kos
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.
Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg View:
Home-Run Hitters of the Supreme Court  —  In the nation's history, 112 people have served on the Supreme Court of the United States.  Suppose that we were to select the all-time greats.  Who would make the cut?  —  To answer that question, we need a metric.
Discussion: Washington Post and ACS Blog
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Ryan Budget Would Cut Food Stamps and Medicaid Deeply  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin on Tuesday will lay out a tough, election-year budget that purports to come into balance by 2024, in large part through steep cuts to Medicaid and food stamps and the full repeal …
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 …
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
The Next Level Of The Anti-Koch Campaign: Treat David Koch Like A Candidate For Office  —  Digging deep into the 1980s!  When a Koch brother called Social Security a pyramid scheme.  —  “A New Beginning” by 1980 Libertarian presidential nominee Ed Clark.  David Koch ran as VP and funded the campaign.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
April D. Ryan / AprilDRyan.com:
Champagne Celebration as 7 Million Signups Achieved  —  Todd Park, White House Chief Technology Officer - Photo: Phil Larson  —  At 12:01 AM, White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park acknowledged to QSSI, the Columbia, Maryland firm tasked with fixing Healthcare.gov that the ACA enrollments have surpassed the 7 million 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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: Hullabaloo and susiemadrak.com
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 …
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Starbucks apologizes to La. teacher for barista's Satanic designs drawn in her coffee foam  —  Starbucks has apologized to a Louisiana teacher who complained that a barista drew Satanic symbols in her coffee foam.  —  Megan Pinion posted photos of two beverages she bought at a Baton Rouge coffee shop …
Discussion: Jezebel and Liberaland
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Rand Paul trashed military option for Iran and blamed the U.S. for WWII  —  Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's push to be a Reaganite on foreign policy is eviscerated by remarks caught on video last year in which he denigrates the potential use of force in Iran and bizarrely claims …
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sebelius: 80 to 90 percent have made first ObamaCare payment
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
Judge Won't Block Rules on Abortion Drug in Arizona
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Bevin hits McConnell for debt-limit increase
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