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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) accused his Republican colleagues on Thursday of turning the confirmation hearings for the next attorney general into "a soundbite factory for Fox News and conspiracy theorists everywhere."

Whitehouse criticized GOP lawmakers for "launch[ing] a series of unanswerable attacks" on outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder instead of focusing on the candidate under consideration, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.

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A Texas mother recently voiced opposition to a book about poverty she described as "Marxist," prompting a committee in Highland Park to review whether the book is appropriate for students.

Meg Bakich originally challenged "The Working Poor: Invisible in America" in December, the Dallas Morning News reported last week. In a recent interview, Bakich told online talk show "Women on the Wall" that she felt it was inappropriate for students to read about social issues in English class.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is setting up a political committee to test the waters for a 2016 presidential run, told reporters to take him seriously because he reflects a "center-right" consensus within his party.

"I won in South Carolina by about 41 points," he said, referring to the margin of victory in the GOP primary for his 2014 reelection bid.

The South Carolina Republican, best known as an outspoken military hawk and a fixture of the Sunday talk show circuit, was responding to a reporter's point-blank question Thursday in the Capitol about why he should be taken seriously.

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How is this possible? More than one-third of people who are still uninsured under Obamacare -- but appear to be eligible for coverage -- were told that they were not eligible for health insurance under the law, according to a new report.

The finding, from a survey of 10,500 uninsured Americans by the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation, is truly perplexing. If you extrapolate out to the overall uninsured population in the United States, it means that more than 5 million people who by the letter of the law should be covered were told that they weren't qualified.

"I've got no possible explanation for you," Caroline Pearson, vice president of Avalere Health, an independent consulting firm and a top expert on health policy, told TPM. That's a bit of an exaggeration -- she and others had some educated guesses -- but it's not that far off.

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