By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: HealthCare.gov went offline as it was swamped with visitors trying to meet today's deadline to get a health insurance plan under Obamacare. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said it will be necessary to keep interest rates low and keep buying bonds "for some time." Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev "flaunted" Russia's control of Crimea by flying there to hold a government meeting. The Federal Communications Commission voted to tighten rules against companies owning or controlling multiple TV stations in one market. Rearview cameras are about to become ubiquitous. And don't underestimate the impact of cow farts on global warming.
OBAMACARE SITE STRUGGLES AGAIN: Much as in its Oct. 1 launch, the Obamacare website failed to keep up with traffic as visitors tried to sign up for health care plans by today's deadline. Glitches took the site offline in the morning and around noon. The Obama administration already announced last week that it would extend the deadline for those who tried to sign up but couldn't. (Sam Baker, NJ)
YELLEN CALLS FOR CONTINUED STIMULUS: The Federal Reserve chair said low interest rates and the Fed's bond-buying program are "still needed and will be for some time," in a speech in Chicago. (Kearns/Torres, Bloomberg)
MEDVEDEV FLIES TO CRIMEA: The Russian prime minister "flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there on Monday, angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev." Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin then tweeted about it, saying, "Crimea is ours. Basta!" (Darya Korsunskaya, Reuters)
FCC CRACKS DOWN ON BIG TV STATIONS: The commission voted to ban multiple broadcast stations in the same market from sharing advertising staffs. The FCC already prevented the same company from controlling multiple stations, but it said some were undermining that rule by selling ads to air on more than one station. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)
YOUR WI-FI IS ABOUT TO GET FASTER: The FCC also voted to set aside more airwaves for Wi-Fi and other services, allowing for less congestion and faster speeds. Chairman Tom Wheeler said the move "opens all kinds of new opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators." (Sasso, NJ)
THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama holds an event with the Boston Red Sox at 11:15 a.m. at the White House. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez holds a conference call at 4:30 p.m. about raising the minimum wage. General Motors Company CEO Mary Barra and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman will testify at 11 a.m. at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on GM's ignition-switch recall. Several lawmakers will hold a press conference before the hearing at 10 a.m. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will participate in the first U.S.-hosted meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Honolulu. The House and Senate are in session.
THE OTHER GAS BEHIND CLIMATE CHANGE: Stop cow farts, stop climate change. At least that's what a study in the journal Climatic Change said. (Brian Resnick, NJ)
OBAMA'S BRACKETS ARE VERY CAUTIOUS: The president isn't exactly picking the George Masons and Florida Gulf Coasts of the NCAA tournament. (Carl Bialik, FiveThirtyEight)
OBESITY, BY PROFESSION: Protective service workers, like police or security guards, have a shockingly high rate of obesity. (Olga Khazan, The Atlantic)
REARVIEW CAMERAS EVERYWHERE: Every new car in 2018 will need a rearview camera, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said will save 58 to 69 lives each year. (Alex Brown, NJ)
HOW THE RIGHT HIJACKED ARIZONA: Looking at demographics and voter registration alone, the Grand Canyon State isn't quite as conservative as it seems. But far-right, antigovernment conservatives have benefited from a change to the state's public-financing law. (James Oliphant, NJ)
THOR'S HAMMER HITS THE STOCK EXCHANGE: An excerpt from Michael Lewis's Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt tells the story of how Brad Katsuyama eliminated a minute tax on trades by slowing down trades using a tool he named Thor. (Michael Lewis, NYT Magazine)
WHAT CAUSED THE WASHINGTON STATE MUDSLIDE? A series of illustrations show how erosion and rain set the stage for the mudslide that killed at least 21 people. (WaPo)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN 3 MINUTES: The White House's new social media advisor has ideas to make Obamacare go viral. (Reena Flores, NJ)