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Wendy Gonzalez sits with, Maria Mena, an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she purchases insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

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Wendy Gonzalez sits with, Maria Mena, an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she purchases insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

Obamacare’s ‘Last Call’ Not Final After All

Last call, it turns out, isn’t last call after all. After weeks of playing to a March 31 deadline as the last chance for having health insurance or paying a tax penalty, the Obama administration says an extension is possible...

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Paul Paucar (L-R), Homero Paucar, Giovanny Paucar and Ivonne Cucalon sit with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as they try to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

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Paul Paucar (L-R), Homero Paucar, Giovanny Paucar and Ivonne Cucalon sit with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as they try to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 53%

About 53 percent of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul four years after he signed it into law. That compares with 41 percent who approve of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a Pew Research...

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 77%

Americans for Prosperity has aired 77 percent of its 2014 congressional election ads in U.S. Senate races. The group, which advocates limited government and is funded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, is using television, social media and other...

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This image from video released by Funny Or Die shows President Obama, left, with actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on "Between Two Ferns," the digital short with a laser focus on reaching people aged 18 to 34.

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This image from video released by Funny Or Die shows President Obama, left, with actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on "Between Two Ferns," the digital short with a laser focus on reaching people aged 18 to 34.

Obama to ‘Invincibles’: Please?

Life in the White House isn’t as dramatic as it appears on TV, President Barack Obama says. “I have to tell you,” Obama told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview airing today. “Life in Washington is a little...

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President Barack Obama, second right, U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, third right, and members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, during a meeting at the Oval Office in Washington, D.C.

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President Barack Obama, second right, U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, third right, and members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, during a meeting at the Oval Office in Washington, D.C.

Obama’s Oval: ‘Folks in Gray Suits’ — Not Great TV, Tells DeGeneres

Much of the president’s day, it turns out, is spent sitting around “listening to a bunch of folks in gray suits.” This news-break comes from “The Ellen Show,” with Ellen DeGeneres playing host to President Barack Obama in the program...

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In this handout photo provided by Ellen DeGeneres, host Ellen DeGeneres poses for a selfie taken by Bradley Cooper with (clockwise from L-R) Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie, Peter Nyong'o Jr. and Bradley Cooper during the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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In this handout photo provided by Ellen DeGeneres, host Ellen DeGeneres poses for a selfie taken by Bradley Cooper with (clockwise from L-R) Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie, Peter Nyong'o Jr. and Bradley Cooper during the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Obama’s Obamacare Tour: From Galifianakis to DeGeneres

The president is going all out in his search for Obamacare recruits. That includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, with a live appearance planned Thursday as the March 31 deadline for signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act...

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Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Is Back — in New Hampshire

Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, the nonprofit issue-advocacy group founded with help from Republican strategist Karl Rove, is making its television debut in the 2014 election. Its targets: President Barack Obama’s health care law and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New...

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David Jolly is interviewed after winning former congressman C.W. "Bill" Young's seat at on March 11, 2014.

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David Jolly is interviewed after winning former congressman C.W. "Bill" Young's seat at on March 11, 2014.

Florida: What Happened — ‘Amazing Grace?’ — Can’t Blame Turnout

Updated with White House reaction at 2:50 pm EDT That was a “big win” in Florida for the Republicans. So says House Speaker John Boehner, whose caucus hasn’t grown as a result of Republican David Jolly’s election to the Tampa...

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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

Congress Tables Convention Cash, Offers to Kids’ Health Instead

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: The Senate took a brief time out from partisan sniping to abolish public financing of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic National Conventions and authorize spending the savings for pediatric medical research. Senate Republican Leader Mitch...

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