Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Will Test High-Profile Sales Pitch

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_7484282bc9.jpgHealthCare.gov (WASHINGTON) -- Monday is (sort of) the deadline for Americans without employer-provided health coverage to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- the White House extended it so that anyone who’s begun to sign up by Monday can still complete the process by April 7. The final enrollment numbers will be an important test for a law intended to expand access for the uninsured. It’ll also be a test for the White House’s sales pitch, one that’s involved celebrities, YouTube videos, and paid media.

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Kerry and Lavrov Meet for Four Hours, But Deadlock Remains

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_1d89a71ec4.jpgState Department photo/Public Domain (PARIS) -- After four hours of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday the two sides agree on "the importance of finding a diplomatic solution" in Ukraine, but apparently not much else. Kerry said the U.S. is working with Russia to de-escalate the crisis and called on Russia to pull back the military forces it has amassed on its border with Ukraine, but admitted that since the troops are on Russian soil, they have the right to be there.

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Randy Mastro to Christie Report Skeptics: You Can't Handle the Truth

Randy Mastro.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1396198705380Brendan McDermid-Pool/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Randy Mastro, the man hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office to investigate the George Washington Bridge scandal, pushed back Sunday against skeptics who say the report was an ethically compromised whitewash. "We had no incentive to do anything other than to get to the truth and I have to say this, for the skeptics out there... We believe we got to the truth," Mastro said.

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Russian Ambassador to US: No Plans to Invade Eastern Ukraine

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_8450967e91.jpgKathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Russia still does not plan to invade Eastern Ukraine, the Russian ambassador to the United States reiterated to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos during an appearance on This Week Sunday. But despite Ambassador Sergey Kislyak's insistence, U.S. officials remain concerned about the tens of thousands of Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian border, who Kislyak said are simply there for training exercises.

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US and Russia 'Closer' to Resolving Ukraine Crisis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_b5298808a9.jpgEvert-Jan Daniels - Pool/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised President Obama with a phone call to discuss a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Ukraine, there are signs that a deal might be on the horizon. Both sides publicly laid out positions, though they remain far apart on some issues. "We are bringing our approaches closer together," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a Russian television interview.

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