• Deadline Day for 2014 Obamacare Coverage; Surge in Demand Slows Site; Will WH Hit It's Goals?

      We're going "almost all in" today on Obamcare.

      It's deadline day (sort of) for the Affordable Care Act. Today is technically the last day to sign up for coverage in 2014. Remember that folks who've gone to the website can get covered for a couple more weeks if they say they've tried to sign up even if they don't sign up by today.

      We're getting reports that the website has crashed for those who have already created accounts, but at last check it still working when you go to www.Healthcare.gov. In a quick check this morning, I had no problem getting plan quotes for California, Montana and New York.

      There's been a huge surge in demand for the websites, call centers and offices set up to help folks enroll.

      There's even some speculation the White House could come closer than once thought to its one-time goal of 7 million.

      So that's good news for the White House, but there are a lot of caveats.

      First, we don't know who's paid for their plans, we don't know who those folks are, and how healthy they are. And it's not clear they've all been correctly enrolled.

      Obamacare also continues to be a millstone around the neck of vulnerable Democrats for the 2014 midterms.

      Democrats on the Hill are expected this week to try to get votes on a slew of popular legislative items that have no chance of passage in order to shore up the chances of vulnerable Dems.

      The latest analysis suggest Republicans will likely grow their House majority and have a good chance of retaking the Senate.

      In other news,

      A series of earthquakes in Southern California has folks there on edge. There was a 5.1 quake in L.A. Friday night, and there's some damage.

      Nothing to report in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Debris found by a plane turned out to be fishing equipment. The hunt continues in the Southern Indian Ocean.

      Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is visiting Crimea.. the Ukrainian area just annexed by Russia. Not a great sign after reports of a softening between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Both men say they want a diplomatic solution.

      North and South Korea fired a volley of artillery shells at each other today. Five South Korean Islands' residents were forced into bomb shelters. North Korea is threatening nuclear tests.

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