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1:25 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” …
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: Salt Lake Tribune and Law Blog
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Court reviews Texas abortion restrictions
Discussion: Daily Kos
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:   Crack Cocaine Limbo
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Couples' Marriages While Case Is Appealed
Bill Mears / CNN:
Breaking: High court puts same-sex marriage on hold in Utah
Discussion: Politico
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.
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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Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:
Obamacare Can't Fail ...  ... because the White House …
Discussion: First Read
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans must choose ambition or caution in 2014
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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
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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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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Daniel Byman / Lawfare:
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BBC:
Afghanistan girl, 8, wearing suicide vest detained
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
National Review:
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Discussion: Yahoo! News and Pirate's Cove
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
In a rare move, China unblocks Chinese versions of Reuters and WSJ sites
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
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John Rizzo / Politico:
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Discussion: emptywheel