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8:55 AM ET, April 2, 2014

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David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘The debate over repealing this law is over’: Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare - but study shows just 858,000 newly insured Americans have paid up!  — President took a major victory lap and took political shots at Republicans, but ignored shortcomings in his administration's official numbers
Discussion: RedState, Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
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David Nather / Politico:
Obamacare critics: Hubida, hubida, hubida  —  Back in the fall, conservatives seized on the flubbed Obamacare rollout as proof that President Barack Obama's brand of liberalism doesn't work.  —  Now, the law's opponents aren't about to say that critique was wrong — but they've lost the best evidence they had.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives Discover That Obamacare Will Help A Lot Of People  —  Obamacare crossed the 7 million sign-ups milestone before the midnight deadline Monday, sparking angst and introspection among conservative policy wonks about the future of their quest to wipe the health care law off the books.
Politico:
Behind the Obamacare surprise  —  There was a word White House officials had for Monday, the final day of Obamacare enrollment: “S—t-tastic.”  —  “S—t,” because they couldn't believe that the website had crashed again, and they couldn't get it back for hours.
Discussion: New York Magazine
New York Times:
Obama Claims Victory in Push for Insurance
Discussion: Philly.com
James Carville / The Hill:
O-Care a winning bet for Dems  —  Earlier this year I took to the pages of The Hill to encourage Democratic strategists to focus on what conditions would look like in November, and not be demoralized by what they look like in February and March.  I pushed them to act like they were running …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
It was worth it. Probably.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Bush vets back in action  —  Bush veterans are striking back.  —  Senior officials from former President George W. Bush's administration are wading into the fight over the Republican Party's direction and future.  —  In conversations with The Hill, many White House alumni …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 2, 2014 - Obama Approval Inches Up, Tied With Putin As Leader, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Say Putin Is Not Hitler, But Fear Military Action  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results
Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
Hobby Lobby's Hypocrisy: The Company's Retirement Plan Invests in Contraception Manufacturers  —  When Hobby Lobby filed its case against Obamacare's contraception mandate, its retirement plan had more than $73 million invested in funds with stakes in contraception makers.
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Missing Plane Coverage Turns Up Garbage (VIDEO)  —  In its wall-to-wall coverage of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, CNN has raised the possibility of the supernatural, blackholes, and North Korea; it has interviewed a psychic, tried but failed to rent its own 777 jet …
Discussion: Reuters
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Painstakingly Calculates It Could Take 2,995 Years To Find The Plane (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
My Own Final Four Bracket For America's Future  —  Holy Moly!  Are you kidding?  You'd think one who is representing the mighty Badgers, who made it to the Final Four based on sacrificial work ethic and discipline that obviously pays off in the end, he who represents the great state …
Tony Merevick / BuzzFeed:
Mississippi Approves Religious Freedom Bill, Governor Expected To Sign It Into Law  —  The Mississippi bill is the first of many varying “religious freedom” bills introduced in several states this year to advance to a governor since a more expansive bill was vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in February.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Anticipating November, Democrats act desperately  —  H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.  —  Mean.  But true?
Discussion: Booman Tribune
theadvertiser.com:
Starbucks apologizes to Louisiana woman for alleged Satanic symbols in coffee foam  —  The hellish “brewhaha” is over.  Starbucks has apologized to a Louisiana schoolteacher who complained that a Baton Rouge barista drew Satanic symbols in her coffee foam.  —  It all happened at the Mall …
Reihan Salam / Slate:
Tax the Childless  —  We should slash taxes on parents by jacking them up for nonparents.  —  When my mother was my age, she was working full time while raising three small children, and she spent every spare moment studying to finish a graduate degree.  My father was working extremely hard as well.
Washington Post:
Councilwoman Bowser defeats incumbent Gray in D.C. mayoral primary  —  Muriel E. Bowser, a low-key but politically canny District lawmaker, won the Democratic mayoral nomination Tuesday, emerging from a pack of challengers in a low-turnout primary to deny scandal-tarnished incumbent Vincent C. Gray a second term.
Discussion: Politico and District of DeBonis
Reuters:
Massive 8.2 earthquake off Chile coast sparks tsunami  —  (Reuters) - A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of Chile on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country, but the government reported no deaths or serious damage.
Discussion: Guardian, Gawker and The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Kerry-Abbas Visit Canceled as Mideast Talks Falter  —  JERUSALEM — The fraught Mideast peace talks were thrown into confusion on Tuesday as a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority was canceled after Mr. Abbas moved …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Lamar Alexander Wants To Know What Equal Pay Bill Does For Men  —  Lamar Alexander Lamar Alexander Paycheck Fairness Act Paycheck Fairness Act Paycheck Fairness Act Men Lamar Alexander Equal Pay Lamar Alexander Gender Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — The only Republican at a Senate hearing …
Bill McKibben / msnbc.com:
Time for climate scientists to go on strike  —  Late last night Yokohama time, the world's scientists did once more what they've done so many times in the past: issued a thumping big report demonstrating that climate change poses the greatest danger our civilization has ever faced.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Exclusive: Mozilla CEO Eich says gay-marriage firestorm could hurt Firefox (Q&A)  —  Brendan Eich's 2008 donation to an anti-gay-marriage cause now dogs his new CEO job.  In his first interview about it, he resists calls to resign or recant, but argues inclusiveness makes Mozilla's world-spanning community possible.
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Climate activists uncaged
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Condoms Never FDA-Approved for Sodomy
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Dominic Patten / Deadline.com:
CNN Hits Near Low In Q1 Ratings, Fox News On Top Again For 49th Time, MSNBC Down
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Associated Press:
The media hate Republicans: Column
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Appeals Court Finds Florida's 2012 Voter Purge Broke The Law
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