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9:35 AM ET, April 1, 2014


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Obamacare: Looks like they made it  —  Washington (CNN) — After a surge of sign-ups on the last day for open enrollment, Obamacare is on track to hit the White House's original target of 7 million people signing up, a senior administration official said Tuesday.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Real Clear Politics
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Plenty of ammo for anti-Obamacare ads in New York Times  —  OBAMACARE THE NEW YORK TIMES AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY  —  Some conservative political groups have run into trouble making ads that criticize Obamacare.  The ads were intended to showcase “horror stories” from the Democrats' national …
Obamacare and jobs: CBO adds fuel to fire
Discussion: PJ Media
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's self-defeating myopia: Why its Obamacare mania is now a gift to Democrats
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says  —  A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Intel probe: CIA misled on interrogation program  —  A new report compiled by the Senate Intelligence Committee found the CIA misled the government and public about its interrogation program, according to multiple reports.  —  The review suggests CIA officials covered up some interrogation methods …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Website Failures Impede Signup Surge as Deadline Nears  —  WASHINGTON — A frenzied last-minute scramble to sign up for health insurance overloaded phone lines and temporarily overwhelmed the website of the federal marketplace on Monday, as hundreds of thousands of people around …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Deadline Dash: Health Care Sign-Ups Amid Glitches
Discussion: Liberaland and
David Firestone / New York Times:
The Line to Kiss Sheldon Adelson's Boots  —  It's hard to imagine a political spectacle more loathsome than the parade of Republican presidential candidates who spent the last few days bowing and scraping before the mighty bank account of the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie weighs in on top Republicans, defends post-Sandy Obama praise
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CBS Sacramento:
Covered California Sends Deaf Callers To Hotline Offering ‘Hot Ladies’  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — On the deadline to sign up for health coverage through Covered California, some hearing-impaired residents were sent to a chat line offering ‘hot ladies’ instead of an insurance navigator.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Making up good news about Obamacare  —  The Obama administration is celebrating that it has achieved its (downwardly revised) goal of signing up more than 6 million Americans for Obamacare by 11:59 p.m. March 31.  Mission accomplished!  —  Not quite.  The administration has not revealed …
Avik Roy / Forbes:
RAND: Only One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Sign-Ups Were From The Previously Uninsured
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Aide: Obama still has ‘faith’ in Secret Service  —  President Obama continues to have “faith” in the Secret Service and confidence in its director, a spokesman said after agents accused of drinking to excess were sent home from the president's trip to Europe.
New York Times:
U.S. Is Weighing Release of a Spy for the Israelis  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is discussing the release of an American convicted of spying for Israel more than a quarter of a century ago, American officials said Monday, as it struggles to avert a collapse in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Discussion: The Week and Guardian
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Sebelius Speechless After Reporter Tells Her How Unpopular Obamacare Is  —  An Oklahoma reporter told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius how unpopular Obamacare is, rendering the cabinet secretary speechless:  —  “At last check, 64 percent of Oklahomans aren't buying …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Minimum wage deal emerging?  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is struggling to stop Senate Democrats from backing a plan to undercut President Obama's $10.10 minimum wage target.  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has been reaching out to Democrats to agree on a compromise that is threatening …
Discussion: Hot Air
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Senator Says Caterpillar Avoided Billions in Taxes  —  Manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. has used an aggressive tax strategy to shift profits overseas in order to avoid paying billions in U.S. taxes, according to a new investigative report by a key Senate Democrat.
Discussion: Politico
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson Says Jews Are Too Busy Polishing Diamonds To Fix Their Cars  —  Conservative activist Daniel Lapin, the Religious Right's favorite rabbi who was also tied to the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal, appeared today on the 700 Club to tell host Pat Robertson about his new book on the “ancient Jewish wisdom” of “making money.”
John Harwood / New York Times:
Democrats Scramble to Stave Off Midterm Disaster  —  WASHINGTON — If it were only President Obama's flagging poll numbers, the problem for Democrats of how to mobilize core supporters to vote this fall would be bad enough.  Midterm elections for an unpopular president's party are almost always bleak.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Dynasty Isn't Just for Monarchies Anymore  —  A Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 would hardly be unusual.  American politics is more of a family affair than you think.  —  Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush may not agree on much, but they surely recognize they need each other in 2016.
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Arizona GOP gives private prison company $1 million to house inmates who don't exist  —  Lobbyists for the private prison company GEO Group convinced lawmakers to include almost $1 million extra in funding despite the fact that the Arizona Department of Corrections claimed the money wasn't needed.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Arizona Republic:   Arizona private prisons may get extra $1 million
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Holly Watt / Telegraph:
British sniper in Afghanistan kills six Taliban with one bullet
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Finland Frets as Russia Launches Military Drills on Its Doorstep
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Gitis / Research:
How Minimum Wage Increased Unemployment and Reduced Job Creation in 2013
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Despite IPCC doom report, this dataset of datasets shows no warming this millennium
Discussion: Doug Ross and Power Line
John McConnico / Fox News:
National Science Foundation funded climate change musical to tune of $700,000
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
‘Imperial Presidency’ Becomes Republicans' Rallying Slogan
Marlena Baldacci / CNN:
Death row inmate's conviction tossed
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
Dave Camp won't seek reelection
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side
Discussion: The Daily Caller