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12:15 PM ET, January 6, 2014

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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court stops Utah gay marriages  —  The Supreme Court on Monday morning put on hold a federal judge's decision striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, thus stopping a wave of such marriages across the state.  The Court's order reinstates the state ban and will keep it intact until after a federal appeals court has ruled on it.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Block Gay Marriage in Utah During Appeal of Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday blocked further same-sex marriages in Utah while state officials appeal a decision allowing such unions.  —  The terse order, from the full court, issued a stay “pending final disposition” …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Crack Cocaine Limbo  —  President Obama earned a rare moment of bipartisan acclaim last month when he commuted the sentences of eight long-serving federal prisoners.  Their crack cocaine offenses had resulted in the harsh penalties mandated by a sentencing formula that Congress repudiated when it passed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Couples' Marriages While Case Is Appealed
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Puts Utah Same-Sex Marriage on Hold
Ben Goad / The Hill:   Sen. Cornyn: ‘Mandate-happy’ White House trying to silence nuns
CNN:
First on CNN: Liz Cheney to abandon Senate bid  —  New York (CNN) — Liz Cheney, whose upstart bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family, is dropping out of the Senate primary, sources told CNN late Sunday.
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Politico:
Liz Cheney: ‘I have decided to discontinue my campaign’  —  Liz Cheney is ending her campaign for Senate in Wyoming, the Republican announced in a statement early Monday morning.  —  Citing health concerns in her family, Cheney said the issues arising prompted her to end her GOP primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Rachel's Show  —  MSNBC, the left-leaning cable-news network, has settled on one solution to its recent problems.  It now has an executive reviewing scripts before they go on the air.  The role, which has fallen to Rich Stockwell, a former executive producer of The Ed Show and Countdown …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
HILLARY CLINTON'S SHADOW CAMPAIGN  —  Early last summer in her Georgian-style home near Washington's Embassy Row, Hillary Clinton met with a handful of aides for a detailed presentation on preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign.  —  Three officials from the Democratic consulting firm …
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TIME:
Hillary Clinton Campaign Rents Email List to Pro-Hillary Super PAC
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Agony of Frank Luntz  —  Frank Luntz does not want the buffet.  We are on the top floor of the Capitol Hill Club, the members-only Republican hangout a block from the Capitol, where a meaty smell is emanating from steam trays.  Today's main course is ham, and Luntz shakes his head.
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Unemployment insurance extension lacks GOP support  —  A bipartisan plan to once again provide federal unemployment insurance for more than 1 million Americans appears to be falling short of the Republican support needed to clear a key procedural vote scheduled for Monday evening in the Senate.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:   House Republicans must choose ambition or caution in 2014
Ron Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
I'm Suing Over ObamaCare Exemptions for Congress  —  If the president wants to change the health-care law, he must ask Congress to do it.  —  On Monday, Jan. 6, I am filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to make Congress live by the letter of the health-care law it imposed on the rest of America.
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
DeBlasio's Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban: Is It Really About Campaign Cash?  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to ban New York City's iconic horse-drawn carriages could backfire, exposing what the newly-elected mayor's critics suggest is a corruption scandal masquerading as an animal-rights crusade.
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ThinkProgress:
One Of The Steubenville Rapists Has Been Freed After 9 Months  —  Ma'lik Richmond, one of the two young football players who was found “delinquent” of having raped a young girl in Steubenville, OH, last year, has been freed from his sentence at a juvenile detention facility.
Discussion: WTRF-TV, The Raw Story and Global Grind
Sam Webb / Daily Mail:
Feeling glum?  Well it is Blue Monday: Rain, debt and divorce make it worst day of the year  —  You've finished all the mince pies, the weather is terrible, Christmas ended up being horribly expensive and most of us are back to the daily grind.  —  So it wouldn't come as a surprise if you had started to feel down in the dumps.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Koch-backed political coalition, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012  —  The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally  —  Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will free up a couple of hours during its winter meeting this January so members can attend the annual March for Life in Washington, CNN confirmed Monday.
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
The Cleantech Crash  —  Despite billions invested by the U.S. government in so-called “Cleantech” energy, Washington and Silicon Valley have little to show for it  —  The following is a script from “The Cleantech Crash” which aired on Jan. 5, 2014.  Lesley Stahl is the correspondent.
 
 
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC Begins Swarm of Ads to Lift ‘Today’ Back to Top
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Melissa Eddy / New York Times:
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From Petraeus Scandal, an Apostle for Privacy
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
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John Harris / Guardian:
The left is too silent on the clunking fist of state power
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Lies of Obamacare: Biggest and best
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Can Obama raise his job-approval ratings enough for a political recovery?
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Gov. Cuomo to approve medical marijuana
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Brian Schweitzer: 2016 bid would ruin life
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John Rizzo / Politico:
I Could Have Stopped Waterboarding Before It Happened
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