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9:00 AM ET, April 18, 2014


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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Signups Hit 8 Million  —  And both young and old are on board  —  President Obama just announced the final numbers for the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period.  —  Eight million people have signed up for private insurance plans through the new marketplaces.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers  —  The Affordable Care Act is working.  It is giving millions of middle class Americans the health care security they deserve, it is slowing the growth of health care costs and it has brought transparency and competition to the Health Insurance Marketplace.
The Hill:
Obama tells Dems to ‘be proud’ as O-Care enrollments reach 8M  —  A defiant President Obama on Thursday announced that 8 million people have enrolled in ObamaCare plans while exhorting Democrats to “be proud” of what they've achieved.  —  Holding an unscheduled press conference at the White House …
Washington Post:
The Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers  —  OBAMACARE'S CRITICS have had a bad week.  On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, and a significant portion of them are young Americans.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Politico:   Obama: 8 million enrolled under ACA
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Obama to meet with healthcare leaders
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton memoir gets a title: “Hard Choices”  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's much anticipated next memoir will be titled “Hard Choices,” the book's publisher announced Friday.  —  The memoir will be Clinton's “inside account of the crises, choices …
Discussion: Politico
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant
Discussion: Gawker and Hinterland Gazette
CNN:   Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant with first child
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
What we know about the ‘grotesque’ leaflet handed out to Jews in Donetsk  —  A leaflet calling for Jews to register has reportedly been handed out in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has commented on the letter, saying that it is “not just intolerable; it's grotesque, is beyond unacceptable.”
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register
Discussion: RT and VodkaPundit
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine
Hendrik Hertzberg / Comment:
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE: NEW YORK STATE CLIMBS ABOARD  —  On Tuesday, the State of New York took a baby step—or maybe a giant leap!—toward making the United States of America something more closely resembling a modern democracy: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill joining up the Empire State …
Discussion: The Week and The Moderate Voice
Dick Morris is very afraid: A horrible pundit's “popular vote” hysteria  —  It is widely acknowledged that Dick Morris is the worst pundit in America.  It's truly not up for debate.  He's so bad that even Roger Ailes was embarrassed by his hilariously wrong predictions in the 2012 election and let him go.
Edward Snowden / Guardian:
Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama  —  I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him  —  On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television.
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
Gabriel García Márquez, Conjurer of Literary Magic, Dies at 87  —  Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City.  He was 87.
Discussion: Boing Boing and The Moderate Voice
Associated Press:
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker, Colorlines and Mashable
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid calls Bundy supporters ‘domestic terrorists’  —  By LAURA MYERS  —  LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dems' midterm strategy: Triage  —  House Democrats, battered by Koch brothers ads and facing a grim outlook for the midterms, are providing the clearest indication yet of how they plan to respond: By shoring up imperiled incumbents and only the most promising challengers …
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Man urinates in reservoir, ruins 38M gallons of water  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland water officials are discarding 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating into one of the city's reservoirs.  —  A security camera caught the man urinating at about 1 …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies  —  Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty.  But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked.  —  The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military …
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Political Attack Ads, Often Negative, Try Instead to Accentuate the Positive
Discussion: Washington Post
Gabrielle Giffords / USA Today:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Michigan mayor bans atheist City Hall display to not upset Christian ‘Prayer Station’
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and Liberaland
New York Times:
Text of Joint Diplomatic Statement on Ukraine
Noam Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare effects are bigger than expected, poll finds
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Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
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Dartmouth president calls for end to ‘extreme behavior’ that mars image of elite college
John Dickerson / Slate:
Obama Trolls the GOP
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