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3:20 AM ET, April 2, 2014


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David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘The debate over repealing this law is over’: Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare - but study shows just 858,000 newly insured Americans have paid up!  — President took a major victory lap and took political shots at Republicans, but ignored shortcomings in his administration's official numbers
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obamacare Sign-Ups: 7,041,000  —  How many people have signed …
Obamacare enrollment period ends with massive surge
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
It was worth it.  Probably.  —  Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended officially on Monday night.  And the last-minute rush to sign up for new insurance plans was every bit as big as the experts had always predicted.  Traffic to the online marketplaces and calls to the telephone help centers were the highest ever.
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 …
Starbucks apologizes to Louisiana woman for alleged Satanic symbols in coffee foam  —  The hellish “brewhaha” is over.  Starbucks has apologized to a Louisiana schoolteacher who complained that a Baton Rouge barista drew Satanic symbols in her coffee foam.  —  It all happened at the Mall …
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Starbucks apologizes to La. teacher for barista's Satanic designs drawn in her coffee foam
Discussion: Jezebel and Liberaland
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.
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Missing Plane Coverage Turns Up Garbage (VIDEO)  —  In its wall-to-wall coverage of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, CNN has raised the possibility of the supernatural, blackholes, and North Korea; it has interviewed a psychic, tried but failed to rent its own 777 jet …
Discussion: Reuters
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Painstakingly Calculates It Could Take 2,995 Years To Find The Plane (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Tony Merevick / BuzzFeed:
Mississippi Approves Religious Freedom Bill, Governor Expected To Sign It Into Law  —  The Mississippi bill is the first of many varying “religious freedom” bills introduced in several states this year to advance to a governor since a more expansive bill was vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in February.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Reihan Salam / Slate:
Tax the Childless  —  We should slash taxes on parents by jacking them up for nonparents.  —  When my mother was my age, she was working full time while raising three small children, and she spent every spare moment studying to finish a graduate degree.  My father was working extremely hard as well.
New York Times:
What Really Killed William Henry Harrison?  —  William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, holds a distinction that with luck will never be equaled: He was our shortest-serving president, dying on April 4, 1841, after just a month in office.  —  What killed him?
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Anticipating November, Democrats act desperately  —  H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.  —  Mean.  But true?
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
How This One Magic Number Saved Obamacare  —  Have you heard?  Obamacare survived!  It got to that magic number it was looking for to make everything right!  —  Or rather, it got to half the number the Congressional Budget Office predicted it would get to after the Supreme Court ruling.
Massive 8.2 earthquake off Chile coast sparks tsunami  —  (Reuters) - A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of Chile on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country, but the government reported no deaths or serious damage.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Guardian and Gawker
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Lamar Alexander Wants To Know What Equal Pay Bill Does For Men  —  Lamar Alexander Lamar Alexander Paycheck Fairness Act Paycheck Fairness Act Paycheck Fairness Act Men Lamar Alexander Equal Pay Lamar Alexander Gender Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — The only Republican at a Senate hearing …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obamacare Cuts Kentucky's Uninsured Rate By 40 Percent  —  Obamacare has cut Kentucky's uninsured population by more than 40 percent, signing up roughly 360,000 residents since enrollment opened up on Oct. 1, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.  —  Some 75 percent of them — 270,000 — were previously uninsured.
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.
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 …
CBS Connecticut:
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal Urges People to Stop Driving GM  —  (CBS Connecticut) General Motors Co. said it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working, making them harder to steer.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Associated Press:
The media hate Republicans: Column  —  Why do organizations like CNN let Democrats' arrested for felonies slip through the cracks?  —  It sounds like something out of a Hollywood thriller: Anti-terrorist politician actually running guns to terrorists.  But that's precisely what's been charged …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Ryan Budget Would Cut Food Stamps and Medicaid Deeply  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin on Tuesday will lay out a tough, election-year budget that purports to come into balance by 2024, in large part through steep cuts to Medicaid and food stamps and the full repeal …
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Climate activists uncaged  —  Jailing global warming deniers?  That's a lot of hot air.  —  Finally, someone has come up with a way to settle the debate over climate change: Put the people on the wrong side of the argument in cages.  —  A writer for the website Gawker recently penned a self-described …
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
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Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Harriet McLeod / Reuters:
South Carolina legislator seeks to give God credit for state fossil
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Joe Manchin Becomes First Democratic Senator to Endorse 20-Week Federal Abortion Limit
Dominic Patten /
CNN Hits Near Low In Q1 Ratings, Fox News On Top Again For 49th Time, MSNBC Down
Discussion: The Huffington Post and FTVLive
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Appeals Court Finds Florida's 2012 Voter Purge Broke The Law
Discussion: Liberaland
ABC News:
Lesbian-Only Cemetery Being Inaugurated in Berlin
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
CREW scores major FOIA win in Tom DeLay case
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
The Next Level Of The Anti-Koch Campaign: Treat David Koch Like A Candidate For Office
John Dickerson / Slate:
Why a Jeb Bush presidential run would be hard on the GOP.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Booman Tribune
Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg View:
Home-Run Hitters of the Supreme Court
Discussion: ACS Blog
David Dayen / The New Republic:
Someone Else's Debt Could Ruin Your Credit Rating