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10:10 AM ET, March 31, 2014


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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill: restored after morning outage  — was down early Monday, hours before the midnight deadline to sign up for ObamaCare.  —  “The system isn't available at the moment,” a message on a number of web pages read Monday morning.  “We're currently performing maintenance.
Discussion: National Review
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare has led to health coverage for millions more people  —  At least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gotten health insurance since Obamacare started, surveys and reports show.  —  Precise figures on national health coverage will not be available for months …
Joanne Kenen / Politico: under maintenance  —  The website is down for maintenance Monday, the final day of Affordable Care Act enrollment.  —  The site, which had been performing well under large volume as the sign-up deadline approached, has been unavailable since shortly after 3 a.m. Eastern Time.
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and Mashable
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Enrollment Heading to 7 Million at Deadline
Discussion: The Agonist and Guardian
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Record volume for O-Care exchanges  —  The federal health insurance marketplace saw record volume for a Saturday, and operators at the federal call centers struggled to keep up with the volume of calls as consumers flooded the ObamaCare exchanges ahead of Monday's enrollment deadline.
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   Dems try to keep hope alive with ACA mantra
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
How You, I, and Everyone Got the Top 1 Percent All Wrong  —  Unveiling the real story behind the richest of the rich  —  For years, I've been making the same embarrassing mistake about U.S. economic inequality.  Sorry.  —  I've written, over and over, that the most important divide …
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Panel's Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come  —  YOKOHAMA, Japan — Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world's oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.
Little time left to turn down the world's heat, U.N. says
Discussion: Liberaland
Tom Boggioni / The Raw Story:
Judge: Probation for du Pont heir in daughter rape because ‘he would not fare well’ in prison  —  A Superior Court judge who sentenced an heir to the du Pont fortune to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter wrote in her order that he “will not fare well” in prison and suggested …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Other People's Pathologies  —  Over the past week or so, Jonathan Chait and I have enjoyed an ongoing debate over the rhetoric the president employs when addressing African Americans.  Here is my initial installment, Chait's initial rebuttal, my subsequent reply, and Chait's latest riposte.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Gawker
Juan Williams / The Hill:
O-Care perception bests reality  —  Last week, in the run-up to Monday's deadline for enrolling in ObamaCare, I called one of the few people with a hand in designing both the Affordable Care Act and the Massachusetts healthcare reform plan signed into law in 2006 by then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R).
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Report: Review finds torture methods not key in bin Laden hunt  —  A forthcoming Senate report concludes that waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques did not provide any key evidence that aided the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Associated Press reports.
Discussion: Liberaland
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:   Senate Torture Report Examines Hunt for Bin Laden
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Press Availibility - Paris, France  —  Press Availability Secretary of State Chief of Mission Residence  —  SECRETARY KERRY: Good evening, everybody.  Thank you very much for your patience.  I know it's late, at least here.  And I apologize to everyone for running a little late, but we spent a fair amount of time in these talks.
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Obama Must Show He'll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine
Kerry: Russia supports finding a diplomatic solution to crisis in Ukraine
Discussion: Liberaland
Kerry, Lavrov hold talks on de-escalating Ukraine crisis
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Inside the Koch-Funded Ads Giving Dems Fits  —  In one of the ads Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has put on the air this year, a thirtysomething actress stands against a white backdrop and looks into the camera.  “People don't like political ads,” she says plaintively.  “I don't like them either.
NY Daily News:
Ratings may sink Ronan Farrow's show on MSNBC  —  ‘Ronan Farrow Daily’ came in 708th in the Nielsens on Wednesday, and a network source says he ‘sort of stinks on TV’  —  Ronan Farrow's MSNBC talk show is facing cancellation amid poor ratings, sources exclusively tell Confidenti@l.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Jobs and Skills and Zombies  —  A few months ago, Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, and Marlene Seltzer, the chief executive of Jobs for the Future, published an article in Politico titled “Closing the Skills Gap.”  They began portentously: “Today, nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Congressman Michael Grimm Fund-Raises Off ‘Anti-Catholic’ Bill Maher
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Is Obama pivot to Asia on hold?
Michael Lewis / New York Times:
An Adaptation From ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,’ by Michael Lewis
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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Leland Yee's campaign debt at root of criminal behavior, authorities allege
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos Reject the Ballot Box Altogether
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Jack Moore / International Business Times:
Vladimir Putin ‘Wants to Regain Finland’ Says Close Adviser
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and ParaPundit
New York Times:
Blind to the System's Ingenuity and Ability to Reinvent
Discussion: naked capitalism
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
California Farmers Short of Labor, and Patience
Discussion: Steve Sailer and Power Line
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Chickens come home to roost for Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Rogers to target ‘celebrity politicians’

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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Letterboxd's founders sell a majority stake to Canadian company Tiny; a source says the deal values the film-focused social network with ~10M users at $50M+

Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Source: Diamond Sports is seeking to cut the broadcast fees it pays to the NHL and NBA by up to 20%; Diamond pays NBA teams about $600M a year

Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
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