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6:35 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, BuzzFeed and Law Blog
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Court reviews Texas abortion restrictions
Discussion: Al Jazeera America and Daily Kos
Floyd Abrams / Wall Street Journal:
Abortion Rights as a Free-Speech Flashpoint
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 …
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Rachel's Show  —  Maddow herself is the highest-paid and highest-rated talent at MSNBC, but beyond her own program, her quest to fill the network with her protégés may be dragging down ratings.  Being an intellectual and a true believer is not, it seems, a good thing if you're in the ratings business.
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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Jeff Zeleny / ABC News:
Liz Cheney Abandons Uphill Fight in Wyoming Senate Race, Citing Family Health Problems
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Weigel / Slate:
Liz Cheney Quits Senate Race in Wyoming
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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.
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ThinkProgress:
Everything You Wanted To Know About The ‘Polar Vortex’  —  A person struggles to cross a street in blowing and falling snow Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in St. Louis.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson  —  On Sunday night, a reporter for The Weather Channel stood in a Minnesota snowstorm …
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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Shira T. Center / Roll Call:
Jim Gerlach Won't Seek Re-Election (Updated)
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP's Jim Gerlach not running in 2014
Discussion: CNN
Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:
Obamacare Can't Fail ...  ... because the White House won't stop watering down its definition of success.  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has moved the goalposts on the Obamacare playing field.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  The standard of success for the Affordable Care Act keeps getting weaker.
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Ron Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
I'm Suing Over ObamaCare Exemptions for Congress
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner:
PRESS RELEASES AND STATEMENTS
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Sasheer Zamata Joins ‘Saturday Night Live’ As New Cast Member  —  EXCLUSIVE: Three years after she graduated from the University of Virginia, Sasheer Zamata is landing a very big break — the young comedy performer has been selected to join Saturday Night Live as a new cast member.
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 …
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: Instapundit
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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 …
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.
Erika Janik / The Atlantic Online:
The Smartest Nerd in the Room  —  Why Melissa Harris-Perry is America's foremost public intellectual, and what she means  —  On Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry apologized on air for segment that made light of the Romney clan's adoption of a young black boy.
BBC:
Afghanistan girl, 8, wearing suicide vest detained  —  An eight-year-old Afghan girl wearing a suicide vest has been detained by police in southern Afghanistan.  —  She was held on Sunday night in Helmand province, as she tried to carry out an attack against border police wearing a suicide jacket …
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Senate candidate suggests moving federal capital from Washington  —  One of the men seeking the GOP nomination for Nebraska's open Senate seat is proposing moving the capital from Washington to his home state, saying it would be an effective way to cut out the lobbyists and special interests …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Republicans set to deliver big statement on abortion  —  Winter meeting to be delayed so members can attend March for Life on the National Mall  —  In an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start …
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.
 
 
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