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8:10 PM ET, March 31, 2014


 Top Items: 
Fox News Host Demands To Know Why GOP Hasn't Offered An Alternative To Obamacare  —  On the final day of Obamacare's open enrollment, Fox News host Jenna Lee hammered Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about why Republicans have yet to offer a comprehensive alternative to the health law — despite repeatedly voting for its repeal.
The Fix:
Democrats' support for Obamacare surges  —  Democrats are rallying back behind the 2010 health-care law and boosting President Obama's ratings for handling the law's rollout, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  But most Republicans and independents remain stubbornly opposed …
Douglas Graham / Roll Call:
Cantor Says GOP Finishing Work on Obamacare Alternative, Details Agenda  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., reiterated on Friday that the House plans to bring up a bill to replace President Barack Obama's health care law.  —  In a memo to members laying out the House agenda …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Juan Williams / The Hill:
O-Care perception bests reality
Discussion: CNN
She The People:
GOP women in midterm races say Obamacare trumps equal pay
Discussion: Daily Kos, ABC News and Hullabaloo
Begala: I got a better deal through Obamacare
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and CBS DC
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
That Good News on Obamacare?  Republicans Insist It's Not Real  —  Americans are signing up for the Affordable Care Act.  And they appear to be doing so in really big numbers.  As of the latest official update, last week, more than 6 million people had selected a private insurance plan through …
Deadline day: Obamacare glitches, take 2  —  A double whammy of new glitches shadowed the final day of Obamacare sign-up, causing confusion and delay just as the White House tried to push procrastinatorsover an enrollment finish line that may be far closer to the 7 million mark than seemed possible even a week ago.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Record volume for O-Care exchanges
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie weighs in on top Republicans, defends post-Sandy Obama praise  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who's considering a 2016 White House run, listed some names for “good” potential Republican presidential candidates, including two non-governors.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Firestone / New York Times:
The Line to Kiss Sheldon Adelson's Boots
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hullabaloo
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson: Wild card
Steve Kroft / CBS News:
Is the U.S. stock market rigged?  —  Steve Kroft reports on a new book from Michael Lewis that reveals how some high-speed traders work the stock market to their advantage  —  The following script is from “Rigged” which aired on March 30, 2014.  Steve Kroft is the correspondent.
Michael Lewis / New York Times:
An Adaptation From ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,’ by Michael Lewis
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.
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.
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
President ‘Crushed Hopes of Law School’ by Rejecting Dean Candidates Approved by Faculty  —  Gainesville Sun op-ed: Failed dean search delivers a terrible blow to law school, by Michelle Jacobs (Florida):  —  I am a tenured full professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
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 …
Dave Camp won't seek reelection  —  Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the prestigious Ways and Means Committee, will not run for reelection in November, according to multiple Republican sources.  —  Camp was first elected in 1990.
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Exclusive: U.S. Taxpayers To Spend $400,000 For A Camel Sculpture In Pakistan  —  A camel staring at the eye of a needle would decorate a new American embassy — in a country where the average income yearly is $1,250.  —  “Camel Contemplating Needle” by John Baldessari on display …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
‘Imperial Presidency’ Becomes Republicans' Rallying Slogan  —  COLUMBUS, Ga. — Republicans, poised for strong gains in the midterm elections, are offering starkly conflicting messages about President Obama to rally their voters.  In one moment, they say the president is feckless and weak.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
DHS document: 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions released in 2013  —  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials last year released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions, undercutting Democratic claims that President Obama has strictly enforced immigration laws.
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and RedState
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Marlena Baldacci / CNN:
Mississippi death row inmate Michelle Byrom to get new trial
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Will Release His New Budget On Tuesday
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
U.S. talks with Israel on release of spy Jonathan Pollard
Discussion: Politico and Liberaland
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
President Obama backs Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa
Ginni Thomas / The Daily Caller:
Lila Rose became an activist against abortion at 15 years of age …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Yellen Says Slack in Job Market Shows Need for Support
Discussion: Vox Popoli and VodkaPundit
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
How To Get Marginal Voters to the Polls
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Enrollment Heading to 7 Million at Deadline
Discussion: The Reaction and Guardian
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Other People's Pathologies
Discussion: The Dish and Bloomberg View
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Inside the Koch-Funded Ads Giving Dems Fits
Discussion: RedState
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Jobs and Skills and Zombies
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos