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10:50 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
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
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
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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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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