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4:10 PM ET, January 6, 2014

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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court stops Utah gay marriages (UPDATED)  —  UPDATE 1:16 p.m. State officials said on Monday that they are evaluating the legal fate of Utah same-sex couples who already have been married.  A total of 950 marriage licenses have been issued in the state to gay and lesbian couples …
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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” …
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
No Surprise: Supreme Court Stays Utah Gay Marriage Ruling: What It Means  —  As I've been predicting, the Supreme Court unanimously put the Utah same sex marriage ruling on hold this morning, pending disposition of the issue in the Tenth Circuit.  —  This is no surprise.
Discussion: ABC News, Law Blog and BuzzFeed
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Court reviews Texas abortion restrictions
Discussion: Al Jazeera America and Daily Kos
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:   Crack Cocaine Limbo
Salt Lake Tribune:
Supreme Court halts gay marriage in Utah
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.).
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Liz Cheney Quits Wyoming Senate Race
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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Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:   Obamacare Can't Fail ...  ... because the White House …
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner:
PRESS RELEASES AND STATEMENTS
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Max Boot / Wall Street Journal:
How Al Qaeda Terrorized Its Way Back in Iraq  —  As the country edges closer to civil war, much of the blame goes to Prime Minister Maliki—and the White House.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Instapundit
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Daniel Byman / Lawfare:
The Foreign Policy Essay: “2013 - The Year We Lost Iraq?”
Discussion: The Dish
United States Senator John McCain:
McCAIN & GRAHAM ON REPORTED AL-QAEDA TAKEOVER IN FALLUJAH, IRAQ
Brittany Foster / PoliticsPA:
Breaking: Rep. Gerlach Will Not Seek Reelection  —  PA-6 Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-Chester) will not seek reelection in 2014.  —  “Nearing the end of my sixth term in the House and following 12 years of public service in the Pennsylvania House and Senate, it is simply time for me to move …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP's Jim Gerlach not running in 2014
Discussion: CNN
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
How Obamacare Actually Paves the Way Toward Single Payer  —  Last week the liberal documentary-maker Michael Moore prompted indigestion across the progressive wonk community by pronouncing Obamacare “awful.”  In a New York Times op-ed, he bemoaned the way the president's law preserved …
Eric Holthaus / Quartz:
How global warming can make cold snaps even worse  —  The cold air pushing toward America's heartland is of a duration and magnitude rarely seen since record-keeping began in the 1870s.  In Minneapolis, forecasters warned that all-time wind chill records could be broken, with a stunning -65ºF predicted for Monday morning.
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 …
Michael Wolff / USA Today:
The unbeatable Roger Ailes  —  The Fox News chief continues to crush his cable news competitors.  —  Why would you work in the cable news business?  Does anybody look their best in cable news?  The people in front of the camera look extreme, demented, desperate or vapid.
James M. Odato / Albany Times Union:
Ready ... aim ... point ... talk  —  Handgun used as laser pointer by state official reportedly rattles foreign delegates  —  Jerome M. Hauer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's director of homeland security, took out his handgun and used the laser sighting device attached to the barrel as a pointer …
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Father Faces Manslaughter Charges After Baby Dies Of Gunshot To Abdomen  —  A Pennsylvania man faces charges of involuntary manslaughter after fatally shooting his 2-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve.  —  G. Scott Davis, 35, was “messing” with a loaded handgun at his East Lampeter …
Discussion: Liberaland
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.
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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Floyd Abrams / Wall Street Journal:
Abortion Rights as a Free-Speech Flashpoint
Discussion: Law Blog and The Volokh Conspiracy
Laurence J. Kotlikoff / New York Times:
Abolish the Corporate Income Tax
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BBC:
Afghanistan girl, 8, wearing suicide vest detained
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National Review:
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
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RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally
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Lies of Obamacare: Biggest and best
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