READ IN: Monday, March 31: ACA deadline looms, Koch strategist hits Harry Reid in ad, charting AFP Senate spending

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By Reid Wilson

A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.

-- A Senate Intelligence Committee report on harsh interrogation and detention practices by the CIA concludes that waterboarding and other techniques did not yield crucial evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, sources tell the AP. The yet-to-be-released report says information obtained from Khalid Sheik Mohammed that eventually led to bin Laden's courier didn't come until months after Mohammed was waterboarded. The CIA disputes that conclusion. (Associated Press)

-- With the deadline to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act looming tonight, administration officials are making last-minute pushes to get people enrolled.Healthcare.gov got 8.7 million visits over the last week, and 2 million over the last two days; administration officials have done at least 300 radio interviews touting the law. And the federal call center fielding questions received 2.5 million calls last week. (Washington Post) And/but: The site was down for several hours this morning for more maintenance. (Politico)

-- What comes next: A battle over monthly premiums, which some insurance industry officials expect to increase by double digits. Congressional budget analysts expect enrollment in federal and state exchanges to rise to 13 million by next year and 24 million the year after that. (Washington Post)

-- The Senate on Monday will take up doc fix legislation the House passed late last week, while the House will pass the Ukraine aid package on Tuesday.

-- Paul Kane and Ed O'Keefe weigh in: After the flurry of legislative action, we're down to three must-pass items for the rest of the year: a highway bill (President Obama and Speaker Boehner want to go big; good luck), renewing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, and a continuing resolution by Sept. 30. The odds of passing all 13 appropriations bills are about as good as the odds of Republicans and Democrats getting together to sing "Kumbaya."

-- U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will meet Tuesday with members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee for an informal briefing, a week after three agents were sent home after a night of partying before President Obama arrived in Europe. Pierson accompanied Obama on the week-long tour and spent much of the trip on the phone to lawmakers discussing the agency's latest embarrassing incident. (Washington Post)

-- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday she supports President Obama's proposed changes to NSA policy, including a provision that would keep bulk records of Americans' phone calls in the hands of phone companies, which would have to keep the data for 18 months. The White House and a House panel disagree over whether to require prior judicial review before the NSA views call data, except in case of emergency. (New York Times)

-- Front Pages: WaPo leads off with the looming ACA deadline. NYT and USA Today front a U.N. climate change report. WSJ highlights a breakdown in U.S.-Russia talks over Ukraine. The Canton Repository, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and others front AP's Stephen Ohlemacher's look at gerrymandering and its impact on the race for the House. Attention, NRSC: Des Moines Register lede: "Braley is latest example of gaffe tracking."

National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.

-- WH'16: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's electability pitch and his foreign policy-heavy address to the Republican Jewish Coalition this weekend made him the "clear winner" of the Adelson primary. (Las Vegas Review-Journal). One candidate who didn't wow donors: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who gave some donors the impression he wasn't interested in running for president. (Columbus Dispatch)

-- Nevada: American Encore, a new 501(c)(4) founded by longtime Koch brothers operative Sean Noble, tells us it will spend $30,000 to run ads in Las Vegas criticizing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for backing IRS rules that target outside political groups. "He hopes to limit the First Amendment rights of private citizens who disagree with him. He even vilifies them on the Senate floor," the ad says (accompanying website here). Sure, Reid's not in cycle, but going after the majority leader is a great way to raise a group's profile with conservative mega-donors. Noble's group has already dropped $250,000 into an ad hitting Minnesota Sen. Al Franken; Noble told the Wall Street Journal he hopes to spend about $10 million on ads this cycle.

-- Alaska: Sen. Mark Begich (D) is out with his second ad, touting efforts to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve, near Deadhorse, to oil drilling. Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan (R), the NRSC's preferred candidate, is up with his first ads of the race, two bio spots (Ted Stevens shout-out!) introducing himself to voters. Reid's Take: Alaska is the rare state where TV is cheap enough that both nominees will be able to control their message -- and small enough that personal ties to the state matter.

-- Oklahoma: Another outside group is weighing in on behalf of former state House speaker T.W. Shannon, who's running for Sen. Tom Coburn's (R) seat. Oklahomans for a Conservative Future has spent $395,000 on TV ads boosting Shannon, who trails Rep. James Lankford (R) in early polling. The primary is June 24. (The Oklahoman)

-- Florida: Bundlers and donors loyal to Sen. Bill Nelson (D) have stayed out of ex-Gov. Charlie Crist's (D) camp on the off chance that the senior senator wanted to come home and run for governor. But in the last few weeks, Nelson has told allies he won't be a candidate, giving Crist a likely financial boost. (Tampa Bay Tribune)

-- On the Airwaves: You've heard a lot about Americans for Prosperity hammering Democratic Senate candidates with early advertising. Here's a look at how much the outside group has spent on TV ads as of the end of last week, numbers they don't have to report to the FEC but were provided by a Democratic outside group watching the ad market:

Alaska (Sen. Mark Begich): $632,897
Arkansas (Sen. Mark Pryor): $1,196,944
Colorado (Sen. Mark Udall): $810,862
Iowa (open seat): $484,431
Louisiana (Sen. Mary Landrieu): $2,923,893
Michigan (open seat): $2,017,624
Montana (Sen. John Walsh): $376,279
North Carolina (Sen. Kay Hagan): $7,270,324 (!!!)
New Hampshire (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen): $699,233
Total: $16,412,487

-- Calendar check: It's only March 31! (AFP has reportedly spent $30 million so far this cycle, but the $16 million figure is just what it has spent on TV in those nine Senate races.)

-- Connecticut: Gov. Dan Malloy (D) wants Ted Kennedy Jr. to run for a state Senate seat. Malloy and Kennedy met last week, and the governor encouraged the son of the late senator to seek an open seat around Branford. (Hartford Courant)

DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.

-- President Obama and Vice President Biden are at the White House today with no public events planned. Biden tells Rachael Ray that Jill Biden likes to jump out of overhead luggage compartments on Air Force Two (?!?) to scare him on April Fool's Day. (Associated Press)

-- The Senate meets today at noon. The House is not in session until tomorrow.

-- Happening tomorrow: D.C. primary day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Find your polling place here.

-- Behind the Scenes: A spat between brothers Richard and Xavier Cervera is at the heart of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing from the owners of Barracks Row Entertainment, which operates Hawk 'n' Dove, Pacifico, Lola's and Molly Malone's, among other Capitol Hill bars. The company, run by Richard, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Friday, listing Xavier and his partners as creditors. (Wall Street JournalHill Rag)

-- Stephen Strasburg takes the mound today for the Nationals season opener against the Mets at Citi Field. Preliminary forecast for Friday's home opener against the Atlanta Braves: a high of just 54 degrees, 40 percent chance of rain.

The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve their own spotlight.

-- "Jeanne Shaheen looked at her aides. Scott Brown glanced at his cell phone. Greek music lilted over loudspeakers. A moment passed. Then New Hampshire’s senior US Senator and her might-be opponent greeted each other, cordially but cooly. … But in separate interviews after the polite, if awkward, encounter, Shaheen and Brown sharpened attacks against each other." (Boston Globe)

B1: Politics, business and the politics of business

-- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration knew of four fatal crashes and 29 complaints about problems with the ignition systems and airbags in Chevrolet Cobalts as early as 2007 but decided against opening an investigation, according to a memo released Sunday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. The subcommittee will hear from GM CEO Mary Barra and NHTSA acting administrator David Friedman in a hearing Tuesday. (New York TimesWall Street Journal)

-- Stock futures are up in pre-market trading, as of 7:30 a.m. Most world indices were up overnight; the Nikkei rose 0.9 percent, while the FTSE is up a fraction. (CNN)

C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.

-- Don't miss this weekend's look at the top Republican donors pressuring Jeb Bush to get into the Republican race for the White House. Bush gave a well-received speech on foreign policy this weekend at the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas, and he sat down for a tete-a-tete with mega donor Sheldon Adelson. He confines most of his 2016 chats to Sally Bradshaw, his longtime aide de camp, and Mike Murphy, his old general consultant. (Washington Post)

-- Reid's Take: Bush is perhaps the GOP's strongest Common Core advocate. He's an unabashed immigration reform supporter. And his family is skeptical of a national campaign. That sounds like strikes one, two and three for a possible presidential campaign. Bush called himself the "eat your broccoli governor" a few weeks ago; isn't the GOP's base in the mood for some red meat?

-- GOP consultant Eric Fehrnstrom is pursuing a master's degree in theological studies at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. But he's still keeping a foot in the political world: He appeared with Scott Brown at a campaign event last week in Rochester, N.H. (Boston Globe)

-- Nancy McFadden, California Gov. Jerry Brown's aide de camp, is one of the last remaining members of Brown's inner circle, solidifying her power as one of Sacramento's most important politicos. (Los Angeles Times)

C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work

-- President Obama's bracket is busted, after Michigan State lost to UConn on Sunday. But the Huskies say they want Obama on board: "Sorry about busting your bracket @BarackObama… We have room on our bandwagon if you're interested," UConn's team account tweeted Sunday afternoon.

Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.
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