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Health Care Cost Spiral Worries Return, Mitt Romney Back in Idaho, and the Real and Phony GOP “Civil Wars”

A quiet day so far with some occasional political goodies “behind the headlines.” 1. Very good and somewhat alarming Sarah Kliff backgrounder on possible resumption…

Pay Equity Day, UI Extension Clears Senate, Salam Proclaims Neoconservatism

A reasonably quiet day with plenty “behind the headlines.” 1. Democrats from Obama to Senate initiate big Pay Equity for Women push. 2. Senate passes…

Uninsured Ranks Continue To Fall, Ryan Budget Due to Pass House, Rand Paul’s Halliburton Hypothesis

Not a newsy day, but an interesting one “behind the headlines.” 1. Gallup shows percentage of Americans without health insurance dropping for fourth straight month…

No Surprises in Jobs Report, Adelson Makes More Money, Ryan Scraps Medicare Cap

As we drift towards the weekend, here’s what is in and “behind the headlines.” 1. March jobs report comes in about as expected: 192k net…

Next Step for SCOTUS, the Charles Koch Pity Party, and Another Benghazi! Hearing

As attention again focuses on a shooting at Ft. Hood, here is what’s “behind the headlines.” 1. Debate over SCOTUS’ McCutcheon decision continues to rage;…

Another Blow to Campaign Finance Regulation, Bowser Beats Gray, and Demythologizing “Base Enthusiasm”

A very newsy political news morning, with more “behind the headlines.” 1. Supreme Court conservatives on 5/4 vote strike down aggregate limits on contributions to…

Obamacare Hits Enrollment Target, Trading a Spy For Peace Talks, and a New “Pragmatic Progressive” Site

An actual news-rich day!  But there’s more “behind the headlines.” 1. Obamacare sign-ups thought to hit 7 million mark on yesterday’s official enrollment deadline. 2. Senate…

Mandel Speaks at All Things Connected Washington Post event

Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute, described the Internet of Things as the “extension of the Internet to the physical world….

The Doc-Fix Trick, Rogers Leaves House for Radio, and the “Sheldon Primary”

A livelier-than-expected week comes to a close with important items in and “beyond the headlines.” 1. Conservatives shriek after House GOP leadership passed “doc fix”…