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Morning Must Reads: April 1

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

In the news: The Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government about aspects of its interrogation program for years; U.S. and Israel might be near an agreement to release a spy; Obamacare is on track to sign up more than 7 million; Signs emerge of a decreasing number of Russian troops deployed on the border with Ukraine; General Motors CEO Mary Barra will face congressional grilling Tuesday over safety issues

  • “A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years—concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to harsh techniques.” [WashPost]
  • “Officials involved in the fraught Israeli-Palestinian peace talks said on Tuesday that an agreement was near to extend the negotiations through 2015 in exchange for the release of Jonathan J. Pollard, an American serving a life sentence for spying for Israel. The agreement would also include the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, including citizens of Israel, and a partial freeze on construction in West Bank settlements.” [NYT]
  • “Beating expectations, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day Monday…” [AP]
    • “New problems in the federal health-insurance website stymied some of the hundreds of thousands of Americans trying to sign up at the last minute, prompting health plans and officials to brace for the complex task of enrolling people after Monday’s official deadline.” [WSJ]
  • “The number of Russian troops deployed on the border with Ukraine is decreasing, a Ukrainian Defence Ministry official said on Monday, but he cautioned that this might not represent a pull-back of forces.” [Reuters]
  • “General Motors CEO Mary Barra will step into the spotlight’s glare Tuesday as she fields questions from lawmakers about why it took her company more than a decade to recall vehicles with a dangerous ignition switch problem.” [Hill]
  • “Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the prestigious Ways and Means Committee, will not run for reelection in November, the veteran GOP lawmaker announced on Monday.” [Politico]
  • “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is going to propose the GOP vision of a budget plan on Tuesday, offering a sharp contrast to the budget that President Barack Obama offered several weeks ago.” [WSJ]
  • “Federal agents are investigating whether high-frequency trading firms break U.S. laws by acting on nonpublic information to gain an edge over competitors.” [Bloomberg]

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