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Daily Archives: March 31, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden visits a sign up site for the Affordable Care Act at the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School on March 31, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Vice President Joe Biden visits a sign up site for the Affordable Care Act at the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School on March 31, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Biden: Health Insurance is Confusing

It wasn’t quite a “surge” of enrollees. Yet Vice President Joe Biden nonetheless stopped by a Washington, D.C., school that caters to adult English-language learners on deadline day for Obamacare enrollment. Prospective enrollees in President Barack Obama’s health care plan...

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Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

McConnell: What Plays in Kentucky Stays in Kentucky

Facing a tough re-election fight in a state where college basketball by his own account is “the hottest issue,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell last week avoided endorsing either Louisville or Kentucky before their Sweet 16 encounter in the NCAA...

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Scoochie Smith #11 of the Dayton Flyers battles for a loose ball against Kasey Hill #0 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Florida Gators during the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the FedExForum on March 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Scoochie Smith #11 of the Dayton Flyers battles for a loose ball against Kasey Hill #0 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Florida Gators during the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the FedExForum on March 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Final Four Primary: Bush, Paul, Walker — and WWE’s McMahon?

Is it mere coincidence that much of the Final Four play is coming down to teams from states with potential Republican candidates for president in 2016? There’s Florida’s Jeb Bush: Final four! Way to go, Florida and @UFCoachBillyD! #MarchMadness —...

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, speaks during a town hall meeting in Belmar, New Jersey, on March 25, 2014.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, speaks during a town hall meeting in Belmar, New Jersey, on March 25, 2014.

Christie: Baggage ‘Just Politics in America’

So does Chris Christie have too much baggage to make a 2016 run for president? Not to hear him tell it. “I’m older.  And you know what? If you don’t have baggage, they’ll create baggage for you. That’s politics in...

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Comerica Park on Opening Day between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers on March 31, 2014 in Detroit.

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Comerica Park on Opening Day between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers on March 31, 2014 in Detroit.

Opening Day: Play Partisan Ball — Fantasy Teams by Party

Happy Opening Day from Political Capital, where we like to explore the links between politics and baseball this time of the year. We are taking the liberty of placing former and current Major League Baseball players on Democratic and Republican...

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

Yellen: Meaning of ‘Some Time?’ — ‘Indirect Pushback’ Seen

It depends on what the meaning of  “some time” is. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen got everyone’s attention — meaning the stock markets — when she said at a press conference on March 19 that the Fed might start raising...

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Britain's Prince Harry and British socialite Cressida Bonas watch the match during the Six Nations International rugby Union match between England and Wales on March 9, 2014.

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Britain's Prince Harry and British socialite Cressida Bonas watch the match during the Six Nations International rugby Union match between England and Wales on March 9, 2014.

UK Pecking Order: American Ambassador Atop Top 5

Look who’s grabbed the top spots on The Tatler List,  a guide to the U.K’s at-the-moment social pecking order compiled by The Tatler, a glossy magazine that Condé Nast Publications presents as an arbiter of fashion, lifestyle trends, and high...

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Phil Robathan, left, and James Preston release doves following their wedding ceremony in Brighton, southern England, on March 29, 2014.

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Phil Robathan, left, and James Preston release doves following their wedding ceremony in Brighton, southern England, on March 29, 2014.

Roll Over, Victoria: UK Embassy Welcomes Gay Marriage

Parties at the British embassy “can be pretty stuffy,” allows its deputy head of mission, Patrick Davies. Not so Friday night, when Davies hosted the Human Rights Campaign and other gay advocates for a countdown to the U.K.’s first gay...

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The Michigan State Spartans bench late in the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City.

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The Michigan State Spartans bench late in the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City.

Obama’s Bracket Busted: UConn ‘Bandwagon’ Welcomes President

President Barack Obama’s bracket is busted. With Michigan State’s loss to the University of Connecticut in the NCAA basketball finals, so goes the president’s prediction for the tournament winner. This lowers the March Madness predictive record of the hoops-in-chief to...

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An attendee uses an Apple Inc. iPad to take a photograph of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, as he speaks on screen during a virtual conversation at a featured session at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 10, 2014.

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An attendee uses an Apple Inc. iPad to take a photograph of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, as he speaks on screen during a virtual conversation at a featured session at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 10, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 215

The National Security Agency collects bulk phone-records data under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act anti-terrorism law. President Barack Obama has proposed a plan for ending the government’s role in holding bulk phone records. Under his administration’s proposal, the...

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