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12:50 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” …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Couples' Marriages While Case Is Appealed  —  The case is on appeal before the 10th Circuit, but, for now, same-sex couples will wait.  —  Heather Collins (left) and her partner Jax Collins wait in line with hundreds of other applicants for a marriage license …
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
No Surprise: Supreme Court Stays Utah Gay Marriage Ruling: What It Means
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune and Law Blog
Bill Mears / CNN:
Breaking: High court puts same-sex marriage on hold in Utah
Discussion: Politico
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:   Crack Cocaine Limbo
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Puts Utah Same-Sex Marriage on Hold
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.).
CNN:
Liz Cheney abandons Senate bid
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 …
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.
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.
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Johnson to sue over O-Care contributions
Discussion: National Review
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
In Congress, 2014 begins with shrunken ambitions
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
In a rare move, China unblocks Chinese versions of Reuters and WSJ sites
Discussion: Politico and Poynter
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States
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John Harris / Guardian:
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Lies of Obamacare: Biggest and best
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