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As much as it consumed news headlines after its failed October launch, Obamacare has been conspicuously absent since it eclipsed 8 million sign-ups in April and open enrollment came to an end.

That might be because, instead of the bad news that lends credence to Republican doomsaying and captures media attention, most of the Obamacare news lately has been pretty encouraging about the law's sustainability going into Year Two.

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The Virginia legislature passed a state budget that did not expand Medicaid under Obamacare Thursday night, just days after the resignation of a Democratic lawmaker that cleared the way for its passage.

The Washington Post reported that the budget did not include Medicaid expansion -- and would make it more difficult for the program to be expanded through other means. It would prevent Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe or an independent panel from expanding Medicaid unilaterally under the health reform law.

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Hillary Clinton's favorability has fallen to a six-year low, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, effectively erasing the gains that she made while serving as Secretary of State. With 2016 preparation on both sides turning Clinton into a purely political figure again, the Gallup poll demonstrates what might be the most fundamental challenge for a Hillary presidential run: Can she stay popular as she becomes political again?

For now, Clinton still enjoys impressive popularity for a public figure: Gallup found that 54 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of her. But that's down from 59 percent in February and a peak of 66 percent near the end of her tenure at the State Department. It is the lowest recorded mark by Gallup since August 2008.

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As you may have read on just about any news site you've visited in recent days, former First Lady, Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has released a book.

With it, speculation about her potential 2016 ambitions has reached a historic fervor. And almost every news outlet has felt obligated to publish multiple stories about the book, the tour and what it all means.

That includes TPM. And, well, this is another.

The problem is, barring unexpected candor during a book signing or a sudden announcement during one of her many forthcoming media appearances, there isn't actually much new to say. The book will be a bestseller. Hillary fans will turn out en masse for her public events. The (prospective) candidate herself will continue dipping her toe in the 2016 water without making any final decision.

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