Morning Must Reads: January 2

In the news: immigration reform, social conservatives' big money push, legal recreational pot, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, and what's prettier in print

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • “Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has signaled he may embrace a series of limited changes to the nation’s immigration laws in the coming months, giving advocates for change new hope that 2014 might be the year that a bitterly divided Congress reaches a political compromise to overhaul the sprawling system.” [NYT]
  • “The Obama administration faced a fresh challenge to its health-care law just as many of its key provisions took effect Wednesday, after an eleventh-hour Supreme Court ruling temporarily allowed some Catholic groups not to cover birth control in their employee health plans.” [WashPost]
  • Social Conservatives Make Big Money Plans [Politico]
  • “At 8 a.m. New Year’s Day, in an industrial area a few miles from downtown Denver, a former Marine named Sean Azzariti walked into a giant store and bought a bag of weed. Legally. To smoke just for fun, if he’s so inclined. Azzariti’s transaction—3.5 grams of Bubba Kush for $40 and some pot-laced chocolate truffles for an additional $9.28 — was the first in the state’s grand experiment in legalizing marijuana for recreational use.” [WashPost]
  • A Drug Raid Gone Horribly Wrong [New Yorker]
  • Mayor Bill De Blasio Chooses His Path With Uncompromising Inauguration [BuzzFeed]
  • Sectors and Trends to Watch in 2014 [WSJ]
  • Prettier in Print