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Obama's Newest Selfie, Ryan's Unnecessary Budget, and the Adventures of Chazz Darling—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance plans under Obamacare by yesterday's deadline. Paul Ryan released a budget plan that would cut more than $5 trillion in spending over 10 years. The D.C. mayoral primary is today, and either Mayor Vince Gray or Councilwoman Muriel Bowser is likely to win in November. Florida Republican congressional candidate Jake Rush has a number of alter egos, and OkCupid wants its users to consider browsing the Internet via "Internet Exploder."


OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT HITS 7 MILLION: The White House announced 7.04 million people signed up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act by yesterday's deadline, despite the admittedly "crummy" October rollout of the health exchange site. (Sam Baker, NJ)


CARNEY TO PRESS CORPS: "As of midnight last night, I think it would be safe to say we surpassed everyone's expectations, at least everyone's in this room."

RYAN BUDGET ATTRACTS CRITICISM, ISN'T TECHNICALLY NECESSARY: Congress has already agreed on spending levels for fiscal 2015, so Ryan could have avoided the issue altogether. Instead, he released a budget that called for $5 trillion in savings over 10 years, which Democrats immediately jumped on, calling it a "declaration of class warfare." (House/Mimms, NJ)

GRAY, BOWSER IN CLOSE MAYORAL RACE ... The Democratic primary will likely determine who becomes mayor, and it's too soon to say whether Gray or Bowser has an advantage. The highlight of the day was Gray dancing to Pharrell's "Happy." (WaPo)

… AND 17 PERCENT OF VOTERS DON'T HAVE A SAY: A substantial portion of D.C. voters won't have their votes counted because of the District's closed-primary system, which is especially unfortunate considering the Democratic nominee is virtually guaranteed to win in November. (Sarah Mimms, NJ)

GM CEO APOLOGIZES FOR FAULTY SWITCHES: In advance written testimony, Mary Barra said she did not know why it took years for a safety problem to be announced and apologized to the families of the 13 people who died in accidents linked to the issue. (James Healey, USA TODAY)

FCC SAYS NO TO NETFLIX ON NET NEUTRALITY: Netflix had urged the government to propose rules barring Internet providers from demanding a fee for access to their networks, which Comcast did to Netflix in February. But the FCC said this is not a real net-neutrality issue. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will talk in Ypsilanti, Mich., at 1:15 p.m. about raising the minimum wage, and again at 2:55 p.m. at the University of Michigan. Former CIA Director Michael Morell will testify at 10 a.m. at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on his role in "shaping the administration's narrative" on Benghazi. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will testify at 2 p.m. in a House Appropriations Committee hearing on public housing. Quinnipiac University will release poll results on Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at 6 a.m. The House and Senate are in session.


McCAIN CALLS TORTURE REPORT 'CHILLING': A classified, 6,300-page Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation techniques after 9/11 includes some stories that Sen. John McCain says are "so chilling that I can't repeat them right now." (Sarah Mimms, NJ)

VOTE FOR CHAZZ DARLING: "Conservative straight shooter" Jake Rush, who is challenging Rep. Ted Yoho for his Florida congressional seat, has an interesting background in the world of gothic role-playing. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

AN APRIL FOOLS' WINSTON CHURCHILL TATTOO: Sen. Ted Cruz probably didn't fool anyone with his prank, but he gets an A for effort by putting on a fake tattoo. (Elahe Izadi, NJ)

ROGERS WANTS RADIO SHOW TO 'MOVE THE NEEDLE' ON 2016: And he was vague about whether he plans to run for president. (Mario Trujillo, The Hill)

PLEASE, DON'T BLOW UP THE INTERNET: OkCupid is protesting the Firefox Web browser due to the CEO's stance on gay rights. Then it suggested users switch to "Internet Exploder." The company has yet to say if this is a typo or an amusing potshot. (Dustin Volz, NJ)


DOES BRALEY'S 'GAFFE' MATTER? WELL… Bruce Braley's comments on Chuck Grassley's background as a farmer may not matter to voters as much as they do to the media. But his Senate race is competitive enough so that it could draw more attention. (Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight)

IN 'HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER' FINALE, A WEIRD ENDING: In case you missed the series finale, The New York Times calls it "too clever by half and still wholly satisfying." (Alessandra Stanley, NYT)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Chris Christie knew all along that the Bridgegate scandal would end with him being exonerated … by his own legal team. (Reena Flores, NJ)

AN OBAMA/BIG PAPI SELFIE: The president congratulated the Red Sox on their World Series win and, in the growing tradition of viral selfies of famous people, took a photo with David Ortiz. (Justin Sink, The Hill)

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