Today’s Top News
2014 is already off to a running start. Here’s today’s news to know.
- Supreme Court Stays Marriage Equality In Utah: Though today’s order will come as a disappointment to the many same-sex couples whose marriages are now in limbo until this case is finally resolved, it is not a particularly surprising order. Nor does it reveal much about how the justices view the merits of the case.
- This Week’s Cold Front Could Be Deadly For The Homeless: As temperatures plunge below zero across the country this week, public health officials are urging Americans to stay inside. But that’s not always an option for the extreme poor.
- After Bar Brawl Escalates Into A Deadly Shooting, Court Lets Shooter Off Thanks To Stand Your Ground: Gabriel Mobley claimed he feared imminent deadly harm when he shot dead two men outside a Chili’s restaurant. But before he fired the gun, he had time to go to his car and retrieve it.
- Koch Groups Alone Raised More In 2012 Than Candidates Spent During Entire 2000 Presidential Election: A political network linked to conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch raised $407 million in the last presidential election.
- The 7 Worst Moments Of Liz Cheney’s Aborted Senate Campaign: Liz Cheney, a former George W. Bush administration state department official and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced Monday that she will end her primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), a third-term Senator who ranked as the eighth most conservative member of the Senate in 2012. Her less-than-five-month campaign was plagued by poor press and political missteps. Here’s a look back at the worst of them.
- 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. Though the sentence was supposed to carry a minimum of one year in detention, Richmond got out early on good behavior. He served nine months.
- Seattle’s Mayor Is Pushing For A $15 Minimum Wage: After a $15 wage was approved by voters in a nearby town, Seattle is gearing up to do the same.
- Why Health Care Costs Continue To Slow Down So Dramatically: New government data reveals that the annual growth in health spending hit historic lows over the past four years.
- Security Experts Ask Senators To Pull Back Iran Sanctions Bill: Experts led by former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker ask that Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) not move forward with their Iran sanctions bill at this time.
- Janet Napolitano’s Views Have Evolved To Support Marriage Equality: Janet Napolitano, who will be leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympics, has come out for marriage equality.