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10:25 AM ET, April 2, 2014


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David Nather / Politico:
Obamacare critics: Homina, homina, homina  —  Back in the fall, conservatives seized on the flubbed Obamacare rollout as proof that President Barack Obama's brand of liberalism doesn't work.  —  Now, the law's opponents aren't about to say that critique was wrong — but they've lost the best evidence they had.
Jason Millman / Wonkblog:
Here's why it doesn't matter that 7M signed up for Obamacare  —  President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden celebrated the enrollment news in a Rose Garden ceremony Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  —  Today's White House announcement that 7.1 million people signed …
Behind the Obamacare surprise  —  There was a word White House officials had for Monday, the final day of Obamacare enrollment: “S—t-tastic.”  —  “S—t,” because they couldn't believe that the website had crashed again, and they couldn't get it back for hours.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives Discover That Obamacare Will Help A Lot Of People  —  Obamacare crossed the 7 million sign-ups milestone before the midnight deadline Monday, sparking angst and introspection among conservative policy wonks about the future of their quest to wipe the health care law off the books.
Wall Street Journal:
If the law is now such a success, why are Senate Democrats still fleeing?  —  Suddenly ObamaCare is a roaring success, happy days are here again and liberals are euphoric, or claim to be.  There are more than a few reasons to doubt this new fairy tale, not least the behavior of Senate Democrats running for re-election this year.
Discussion: Right Turn
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Anticipating November, Democrats act desperately
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘The debate over repealing this law is over’: Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare …
Discussion: RedState, Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
First Take: Obama basks after ACA enrollment turnaround
Discussion: The Agonist
New York Times:
Obama Claims Victory in Push for Insurance
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Has Reportedly Landed A Richer Book Deal Than Palin  —  Ted Cruz is about to get Sarah Palin money for his book deal.  —  In fact, the Washington Examiner reports that Cruz's deal with HarperCollins to write a “personal memoir about his controversial days in Washington and his vision …
Discussion: Liberaland
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Blockbuster book deal for Ted Cruz; $1.5m advance, bigger than Sarah Palin's  —  NEWT GINGRICH WASHINGTON SECRETS MARCO RUBIO PAUL RYAN 2016 ELECTIONS RAND PAUL TED CRUZ JOHN MCCAIN SARAH PALIN SCOTT WALKER BOBBY JINDAL  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a darling of the Tea Party and conservative movement …
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 2, 2014 - Obama Approval Inches Up, Tied With Putin As Leader, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Say Putin Is Not Hitler, But Fear Military Action  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Bush vets back in action  —  Bush veterans are striking back.  —  Senior officials from former President George W. Bush's administration are wading into the fight over the Republican Party's direction and future.  —  In conversations with The Hill, many White House alumni …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Prairie Weather
Associated Press:   Ted Cruz Heads to Liberty U to Woo Evangelicals
Washington Post:
Councilwoman Bowser defeats incumbent Gray in D.C. mayoral primary  —  Muriel E. Bowser, a low-key but politically canny District lawmaker, won the Democratic mayoral nomination Tuesday, emerging from a pack of challengers in a low-turnout primary to deny scandal-tarnished incumbent Vincent C. Gray a second term.
Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
Hobby Lobby's Hypocrisy: The Company's Retirement Plan Invests in Contraception Manufacturers  —  When Hobby Lobby filed its case against Obamacare's contraception mandate, its retirement plan had more than $73 million invested in funds with stakes in contraception makers.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
My Own Final Four Bracket For America's Future  —  Holy Moly!  Are you kidding?  You'd think one who is representing the mighty Badgers, who made it to the Final Four based on sacrificial work ethic and discipline that obviously pays off in the end, he who represents the great state …
James Carville / The Hill:
O-Care a winning bet for Dems  —  Earlier this year I took to the pages of The Hill to encourage Democratic strategists to focus on what conditions would look like in November, and not be demoralized by what they look like in February and March.  I pushed them to act like they were running …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
It was worth it. Probably.
Nick Novak / MacIver Institute:
What Can Educators do to End White Supremacy in the Classroom?  —  Highlights from the National White Privilege Conference in Madison  —  MacIver Institute Director of Communications  —  [Madison, Wisc...] The city of Madison hosted the 15th annual national White Privilege Conference …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Cochran touts ‘100 votes’ against ObamaCare  —  Facing a tough primary fight, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) launched a new ad that touts his positions on three bread-and-butter conservative issues: Guns, abortion and ObamaCare.  —  In the ad, a narrator declares there's “only one candidate for U.S. Senate” …
Discussion: The Reaction and Roll Call
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Is the American Middle Class Losing Out to China and India?  —  President Obama may be right: free trade is a winning strategy that will lower consumer costs and expand employment in exporting industries.  —  “When 98 percent of our exporters are small businesses, new trade partnerships …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Want medical insurance?  Get in line.  —  In a way it's the oddest bit of ObamaCare propaganda we've seen so far.  “This Is What an #ACASurge Looks Like” was the title of a Saturday post on the White House Blog by senior communications adviser Tara McGuinness.
New York Times:
Kerry-Abbas Visit Canceled as Mideast Talks Falter  —  JERUSALEM — The fraught Mideast peace talks were thrown into confusion on Tuesday as a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority was canceled after Mr. Abbas moved …
Bill McKibben /
Time for climate scientists to go on strike  —  Late last night Yokohama time, the world's scientists did once more what they've done so many times in the past: issued a thumping big report demonstrating that climate change poses the greatest danger our civilization has ever faced.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
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CBS Connecticut:
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Tony Merevick / BuzzFeed:
Mississippi Approves Religious Freedom Bill, Governor Expected To Sign It Into Law
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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Reihan Salam / Slate:
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Barb Wire:
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Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obamacare Cuts Kentucky's Uninsured Rate By 40 Percent