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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Appeals Court Denies Utah Officials' Request For Emergency Halt To Same-Sex Couples' Marriages  —  Although the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the emergency request, the trial court in the Utah marriage case is due to hear arguments Monday on the state's request to stop marriages during the appeal of the case.
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Mark Green / FOX13Now.com:
10th Circuit Court denies Utah's Emergency Motion for Temporary Stay  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert filed seeking an Emergency Motion for Temporary Stay following a federal judge's ruling that struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, and on Sunday the United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit denied the motion.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Heath care law support drops to all-time low  —  Washington (CNN) - Support for the country's new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that most Americans predict …
Discussion: Business Insider
New York Post:
Father drops toddler from high-rise, jumps to his death  —  A distraught dad tossed his toddler off the roof of a 52-story apartment building on the Upper West Side on Sunday, then jumped himself — killing them both, law enforcement sources said.  —  Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35 …
Discussion: The Hinterland Gazette and Gawker
ABC News:
Justine Sacco, Fired After Tweet on AIDS in Africa, Issues Apology  —  The communications director fired over a tweet evoking AIDS and race that was sent as she was headed to Africa has now apologized, saying she is “ashamed” for her insensitivity to the millions of people living with the virus.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The worst Twitter day of all time
Discussion: Althouse and Instapundit
Luke Salkeld / Daily Mail:
M&S faces boycott as it lets Muslim staff refuse to sell alcohol or pork  —  Furious M&S customers threatened to boycott the store last night for allowing Muslim checkout staff to refuse to serve customers who want to pay for alcohol or pork.  —  Managers at a London store told the workers …
David Espo / ABC News:
Congress Does Little of Consequence, Except Argue  —  Call it a steady diet of gridlock, with “Green Eggs and Ham” on the side.  —  Congress did not pass White House-backed immigration or gun control legislation in 2013.  Or raise the minimum wage.  Or approve many other items on President Barack Obama's agenda.
Discussion: Politico
Sandra Yi / KSL-TV:
2 petitions created by opponents, supporters of Amendment 3 decision  —  OGDEN — Two online petitions with opposing views are gaining momentum after the federal judge's ruling that Utah's Amendment 3 was unconstitutional.  —  Hundreds of people lined up at the Weber County clerk's office today …
The Hill:
Is US losing global influence?  —  A mounting set of foreign policy challenges is raising hackles among conservatives, who argue that the White House is squandering American influence around the globe.  —  In the Middle East, longtime U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia have been rattled …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Covert action in Colombia  —  U.S. intelligence, GPS bomb kits help Latin American nation cripple rebel forces  —  The 50-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), once considered the best-funded insurgency in the world, is at its smallest and most vulnerable state in decades …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Democratic senator: Obama's lack of congressional friendships hurts policy efforts  —  (CNN) - The President's failure to build friendships with lawmakers has damaged his chances of finding bipartisan support for legislation, a senator from his own party said Sunday.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Scared Monkeys
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Manchin sees gun control passage still ‘difficult’ in 2014
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
 
 
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Schock, Gabbard talk Congressional Future Caucus
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Obamacare outreach hits the clubs
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Everyone Knows Obama's 2013 Was Bad, The Tough Question Is Why