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8:50 PM ET, March 27, 2014


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The White House / BuzzFeed:
7 Reasons Why Vice President Biden Thinks You Should Get Covered By March 31  —  Because it could literally save your life.  —  BUZZFEED USER  —  This post was created by a user and has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff.  BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can post awesome lists and creations.
Marilyn Tavenner /
6 Million and Counting!  —  As this historic open enrollment period enters its final days, more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces since October 1, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Those looking to get covered …
BREAKING: Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million  —  On Thursday, President Obama announced on a call with volunteers that the number of Americans who have enrolled in health insurance plans under Obamacare has hit six million.  —  With several days left to go before open enrollment ends on March 31 …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Baghdad Bob of Health Insurance
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Hot Air and Power Line
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Three Possible Reasons for Latest Obamacare Delay
Discussion: The Federalist, Hit & Run and Wonkblog
Wall Street Journal:
The Individual Mandate Goes Poof
Discussion: Politico, AEIdeas and Betsy's Page
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Chris Christie Says Aides in Bridge Scandal ‘Inexplicably Stupid’ … New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said today that former aides were “inexplicably stupid” when they allegedly shut down lanes of busy George Washington Bridge and flooded a New Jersey town with traffic.
Discussion: ABC News and Business Insider
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Report: Messy office dynamics in Bridgegate
Discussion: CNN
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules … AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have forced the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don't jeopardize women's health.
Emily E. Smith / Oregonian:
Jessica Dutro murder trial: Motive for Tigard killing was 4-year-old's perceived homosexuality, prosecutors say  —  Jessica Dutro believed her 4-year-old son, Zachary Dutro-Boggess was gay, prosecutors told the court Wednesday, and that was her motive for subjecting him to deadly beatings.
Mike Miller / Independent Journal Review:
Outrageous: Harry Reid Lied About Americans Being Liars, and Now That He's Busted, He's Lying Again  —  One month to the day after Harry Reid caused a public stir by declaring that all stories about ObamaCare hurting Americans were “lies,” he now denies ever having said it.  —  First, here's Senator Reid last month:
Shiryn Ghermezian /
Victim Breaks Down in Footage From Aftermath of Brutal Anti-Semitic Attack in France (PHOTOS/VIDEO)  —  Jewish teacher attacked in Paris.  Photo: David.  —  The Algemeiner has acquired photos and footage from the aftermath of a horrific anti-Semitic attack that took place in Paris, France late last week.
San Francisco magazine:
The Indictment Against Leland Yee Puts “The Wire's” Clay Davis to Shame  —  Sheeeeeeeeeit, partner.  —  If you thought the charges against Leland Yee would be bad, you had no idea.  As in, he offered to set up an arms deal with Islamic rebels for $2 million in cash.  As in, he has ties to a gangster named Shrimp Boy.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership  —  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama's ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Krugman-Silver Sparring Match  —  Since I admire both New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and FiveThirtyEight proprietor Nate Silver (with whom I worked at the pre-Times version of the site), I'm not real jazzed about the sniping that's going on between them.
Discussion: Eschaton and New York Times
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Matthew Yglesias is Juice Vox Media's Village Idiot and Liar-in-Chief  —  Well, now we know why the Washington Post did not want to invest in Ezra Klein's “explanatory journalism” nonsense.  Turns out it is just a left-wing propaganda tool trying to spin instead of explain.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
In our effort to connect the whole world with, we've been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky.  —  Today, we're sharing some details of the work Facebook's Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone.
Homeless Mother Gets Job Interview But Doesn't Have Childcare, Ends Up In Jail  —  CREDIT: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office  —  Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless.  So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
The White House:
FACT SHEET: The Administration's Proposal for Ending the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program  —  On January 17, 2014, President Obama gave a speech at the Department of Justice on his Administration's review of certain intelligence activities.  During this speech …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House Abruptly Passes Medicare Pay Fix By Voice Vote  —  The Republican-led House abruptly and unexpectedly passed a Medicare physician payment fix Thursday by an unrecorded voice vote, amid questions about whether the bill had the votes to clear the chamber.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Geoffrey Skelley / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Putting Their Eggs in the Wrong Midterm Basket  —  Why Democrats' increased reliance on young voters may lead them to struggle in midterm elections in the near future  —  Barring significant changes in group voting habits, many commentators have argued that “The Coalition of the Ascendant” …
Bill Schmalfeldt / Liberaland:
The Release Of Roger Shuler Is Good News, But The Fight Continues  —  Roger Shuler slept in his own bed for the first time in five months last night.  The details of his release are not clear yet, but the important thing for now is that the proprietor of “The Legal Schnauzer” …
Discussion: Legal Schnauzer and FOX News Radio
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Oversight Dems To Issa: Drop The Charade And Let's Do Some Real Work  —  All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are calling on Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to cease his “partisan investigation” into the deadly September 2012 attack in Benghazi …
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Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
Lesbian couple files marriage lawsuit in Puerto Rico
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Citigroup Fails Fed's Stress Test as BofA Gets Dividend Boost
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
President Obama got elected on competence. Now people are starting to wonder.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Why Can't the Left Govern?
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: Politico and Shot in the Dark
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James Oliphant / The Atlantic Online:
Conservatives Are Taking the Gun Fight to Knives
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Zimmerman / Los Angeles Times:
Good for the Bushes and the Clintons, but not good for America
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Hit & Run:
Economist Tyler Cowen Pepper Sprayed While Teaching Class at George Mason University
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds  —  A new report released by the Department …