Lunch Break

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1. Today’s the Obamacare 2014 enrollment deadline! What does that mean?

2. Fighting is breaking out is South Sudan. Hayes Brown over at TP has a nice explainer.

3. Mike Konczal argues that it’s way too early for Congress to be giving up on unemployment. True, also probably futile.

4. Relatedly, Kevin Drum gives 10 reasons why long-term unemployment is a national catastrophe.

5. Jim DeMint, folks.

6. Watch live: a huge water main break is still being repaired in Philly. (Lucky it’s not too cold!) Eight zip codes are apparently affected.

And CGP Grey explains the nocebo effect:

Back in a flash.

Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper, a contributing editor of the Washington Monthly, is currently the Washington correspondent for The Week.