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Obama agenda: The new health-care numbers

NBC’s Maggie Fox: “About a third of the [Affordable Care Act’s] enrollees are aged 55 to 64, 22 percent are 45 to 54 and another 24 percent are 18 to 34, the new numbers show.”

AP: “The administration and its allies remain confident they'll be able to get young adults interested. Many experts expected older, sicker people to be more heavily represented in the early numbers. Younger people might procrastinate, waiting until the March 31 enrollment deadline is near, weighing whether they want to risk tax penalties for remaining uninsured.” 

AP: “Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They're worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.”

“President Barack Obama is more likely to win his battle with the U.S. Congress to keep new sanctions on Iran at bay now that world powers and Tehran have made a new advance in talks to curb the Islamic Republic's nuclear program,” Reuters writes. “Despite strong support for a bill in the Senate to slap new sanctions on the Islamic Republic, analysts, lawmakers and congressional aides said on Monday that the agreement to begin implementing a nuclear deal on January 20 makes it harder for sanctions supporters to attract more backers.”

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent asks, “Where are all the Senate Democrats on the bill to impose sanctions on Iran that is being pushed by Senators Robert Menendez and Chuck Schumer? How many of them are really prepared to support this bill, and how many oppose it? By my count, more than half the Democratic caucus have been mum on where they stand.”

National Journal: “President Obama has a rare opportunity this week to reshape the nation's counterterrorism strategy. He won't take it. The White House has been trying to lower expectations for the president's planned Friday speech for days now. He'll outline a series of reforms to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs in an address at the Justice Department, but Obama will do nothing to diminish the government's capacity to root out terror networks, aides say.”