Morning Must Reads: March 31

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the news: Obamacare sign-up period closes; U.S. peace talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders reach make-or-break point; United Nations group warns that the worst is yet to come on climate change; Ukraine crisis has yet to deescalate

  • “Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported on Monday, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.” [NYT]
  • “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East on Monday for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as peace talks have reached a critical make-or-break point.” [AP]
  • “Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart appeared to make no major advances Sunday in a four-hour meeting aimed at easing the standoff over Ukraine, raising the specter of a prolonged crisis that threatens to bring broader instability to Europe.” [WSJ]
  • “More than half of the 2.6 million Americans dispatched to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with physical or mental health problems stemming from their service, feel disconnected from civilian life and believe the government is failing to meet the needs of this generation’s veterans…” [WashPost]
  • “The first yearly sign-up period for Obamacare closes today, with early returns suggesting the administration may reach a projection of 7 million enrollees made before the U.S. health exchange struggled at its startup.” [Bloomberg]
    • What Comes Next For Obamacare [National Journal]
    • “The federal government’s healthcare enrollment website — HealthCAre.gov — went down for maintenance Monday on the last day of open enrollment for 2014.” [USA Today]
    • Maryland Gears Up for Health Exchange Redo [WashPost]
  • The Wolf Hunters of Wall Street [NYT Mag]
  • Sheldon Adelson: Wild Card [Politico]
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