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4:15 PM ET, March 26, 2014


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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: March 2014  —  Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie … Most uninsured unaware of March 31 deadline, half plan to remain uninsured  —  In the final days of open enrollment for new health insurance options under the ACA, substantial shares …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘What the hell is this, a joke?’  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration's decision to extend enrollment in the healthcare law's insurance exchange for some people.  —  “What the hell is this, a joke?”  Boehner said at his weekly press conference.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
5 GOP senators flout John Boehner on jobless aid  —  Sen. Dean Heller wants to restore expired unemployment benefits so much that he voted against a Ukraine aid bill on Monday, protesting the prioritization of international affairs over domestic ones.  —  Suffice it to say, then …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner rips latest Obamacare extension: ‘What the hell is this, a joke?’
Discussion: Politico
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Women Justices Rock the Hobby Lobby Argument  —  There were two lessons from Tuesday's argument in the Hobby Lobby case in the Supreme Court.  First, it's very important that there are now three women Justices.  Second, it's even more important that it takes five votes to win.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Confusion plagues the right: Why it doesn't understand liberal views of the Hobby Lobby case
Discussion: National Review and The Dish
Mercury News:
State Sen. Leland Yee indicted for public corruption in major FBI operation  —  SAN FRANCISCO — State Sen. Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, law-enforcement sources said, casting yet another cloud of corruption …
Shawn Brouwer / KQCA-TV:
Sen. Leland Yee arrested on bribery, corruption charges  —  Yee is candidate for secretary of state  —  State Sen. Leland Yee was escorted into San Francisco's Federal Building wearing handcuffs after he was arrested Wednesday morning.  —  NBC Bay Area originally reported that Yee …
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
Putin's Challenge to the West  —  Russia has thrown down a gauntlet that is not limited to Crimea or even Ukraine.  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin has a long-festering grudge: He deeply resents the West for winning the Cold War.  He blames the United States in particular for the collapse …
Obama on Ukraine faceoff: ‘Not another Cold War’
Discussion: Associated Press
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC is in serious trouble  —  This is the story of MSNBC in a nutshell: It rose to prominence on its criticism of George W. Bush, peaked during Barack Obama's historic 2008 campaign, and, by criticizing Republicans and championing liberal causes, sustained its viewership in the years that followed.
CBS News:
Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of Ukraine crisis  —  Shares -  —  President Obama: Ukraine and Foreign Policy  —  While a majority of Americans (56 percent) support U.S. sanctions against Russia, they are less pleased with President Obama's handling of the situation between Russia and Ukraine overall.
Roland Oliphant / Telegraph:
Ukraine's spy dolphins switch allegiance to Russia  —  Ukrainian Army dophins, which have been trained to plan bombs and kill frogmen, will be transferred to Russia  —  Russian forces completed their take over of the Ukrainian navy's assets in Crimea with the storming of the minesweeper Cherkessy.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, CANNONFIRE and CNN
RIA Novosti:
Crimean Military Dolphins to Serve in Russian Navy
Carla Marinucci /
Venture capitalist Tim Draper “close” to collecting signatures needed for Six Californias measure  —  Venture capitalist Tim Draper says he is getting “close” to collecting the necessary 800,000 signatures needed to get his “Six Californias” measure before state voters in 2014 …
Washington Post:
Secret Service agents on Obama detail sent home from Netherlands after night of drinking  —  Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident.
John Dickerson / Slate:
The Iowa Democrat who belittled Iowa farmers while praising lawyers.  —  Those looking for greater efficiency in Washington should look to Rep. Bruce Braley.  In the space of just a few seconds, the four-term Iowa Democrat delivered a campaign gaffe of such power that the Environmental Protection Agency may seek to regulate it.
Benjy Sarlin /
GOP threatens to push self-destruct button in Georgia Senate race  —  MACON, Ga. - 2014 is a Republican year.  The party has the map, the candidates, and the money to finally retake the Senate after blowing the last two tries by nominating weak ultra-conservative candidates in critical races.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
NRCC dinner raises $15.1 million  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $15.1 million for its annual March dinner, the biggest haul since the party began hosting the event, according to GOP sources.  —  It's a particularly important moment for Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) …
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Lindsay Abrams / Salon:
10,853 out of 10,855 scientists agree: Global warming is happening, and humans are to blame  —  Virtually all of the scientific papers published in 2013 accept climate change  —  As geochemist James Lawrence Powell continues to prove, the only people still debating whether or not climate change is …
North Korea: Men required to get Kim Jong-un haircuts  —  By News from Elsewhere... found by BBC Monitoring  —  Men in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported.  —  The state-sanctioned guidelines were introduced …
Washington Free Beacon:
Harry Reid: People Aren't Educated on How to Use the Internet  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the fault of struggling to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges didn't lie with the faulty website, but with the people who weren't “educated on how to use the Internet.”
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon spent millions on Benghazi probes  —  The Pentagon said Tuesday that its work to comply with the six congressional investigations into the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, has cost the military millions of dollars and thousands of man hours.
Akilah Johnson / The Boston Globe:
Grossman passes kidney stone during gubernatorial debate  —  There were more than a few pained expressions worn by gubernatorial candidates during Tuesday night's forum dedicated to issues affecting Massachusetts's LGBTQ community, mostly after Scott Lively, an anti-gay candidate running to …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lauren French / Politico:
Republicans hammer new IRS chief over tea party melee  —  A chief Republican inquisitor of the IRS tea party controversy hammered the new agency commissioner on Wednesday, accusing him of being more concerned with managing political fallout than cooperating with congressional probes.
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
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Outrage as brother of one of Lee Rigby's killers condemns judge for handing down full-life sentence …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP again accuses Sebelius of misleading ObamaCare testimony
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
It's time for the White House to start sweating over legal challenge to Obamacare subsidies