Federal Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_6d9e880287.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The federal government will recognize gay marriages in Utah, even if state officials won't, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday. “Recently, an administrative step by the Court has cast doubt on same-sex marriages that have been performed in the state of Utah,” Holder said in a video posted online.

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Dem Support for Tweaks to Obamacare Peaks on 48th Try

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_6b08b39d1e.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama could soon be signing into law the eighth change to the Affordable Care Act since the health care overhaul was enacted in 2010. On their 48th attempt to tinker the president's signature law, House Republicans produced a veto-proof majority by turning more defecting Democrats, 67, than any previous vote to tweak the bill.

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Chris Christie Fires Top Aide, Apologizes for Bridge Scandal

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_291e25354e.jpgABC News (TRENTON, N.J.) -- One day after bombshell revelations implicated his top aides in a political revenge plot, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired a top aide and apologized for his staffers' part in the closing of several lanes on the George Washington Bridge in 2013. Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff, will be relieved from duty immediately, Christie said. "I am responsible for what happened," Christie added.

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Anthony Weiner to Make Cameo in Amazon's "Alpha House"

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_2d5c2c5f7f.jpgAndrew Burton/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Disgraced former New York congressman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who was brought down by a sexting scandal, will make a cameo in the season finale of Amazon's original series, Alpha House, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The episode, which will also feature Bill Murray reprising his first-episode role of a jailed senator, debuts Friday.

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Administration Wants School Zero-Tolerance Policies Relaxed

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_1a2d164ed3.jpgKris Connor/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The White House wants U.S. schools to loosen stringent zero-tolerance policies that it says affect a disproportionate number of black and Hispanic students. In a series of first-ever guidelines released Wednesday, the Justice Department said administrators could be in line for punitive action themselves if they don't mete out discipline in a more even-handed manner.

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