Headlines to heed
Barack Obama's latest (last-ditch?) approach to impending health care deadlines has taken a humorous turn, as the President went between two ferns to coach more young people to sign up for ACA -- by having an awkward chat with comedian Zach Galifianakis and trading a few insults, too. It couldn't get any worse than Obama's last face-to-face with Putin, right?
Well, maybe. For his part, Galifianakis did not disappoint, with questions like "How does it feel to be the nation's last black president?" and "What should we do about North IKEA?" TIME's Michael Grunwald tweeted his approval that "Zach Galifianakis is a genius. That Barack Obama (sp?) guy is pretty funny too." Wall Street Journal's Aaron Zitner was not blown away, however: "Much to say about Obama's awkward 6 mins with Zach Galifianakis. He violates Rule 1: Dont try to out-comic the comic.'" White House journalist Paul Brandus was even less impressed. "Not sure this is a good use of a President's valuable time - also not compatible with dignity of the office," Brandus tweeted, adding, "Sorry."
Also in politics, the New York Times reports that even before the Fort Lee lane closings, port authority was a tool for Gov. Chris Christie. At the NYT, Nick Confessore observed, "Most eye-catching: Mayors whose endorsement Christie campaign wanted reportedly got dibs on 9/11 WTC steel remains."
Last but certainly not least in headline news, the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 enters fourth day. CNN's Chris Boyette highlighted the most important development thus far by tweeting, "Interpol: The more info we get about missing jet, the more we’re inclined to conclude it’s not terrorism."