Morning Maddow: January 2

NJ politician investigating the GW Bridge lane closures says the order came from outside the Port Authority. (

NJ. Gov Chris Christie's administration failed to defend the state's new, stricter gun laws in appeals court. (

Scenes from the first day of legal, recreational marijuana in Colorado. (AP)

Supreme Court temporarily allows religious groups not to cover birth control. (Washington Post)

NY Times editorial board advocates for Edward Snowden. (NY Times)

This year's Rose Bowl parade featured a same-sex wedding. (McClatchy)

All passengers rescued from ship trapped in Antarctic ice. (NBC News)

Fmr. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in critical condition. (Politico)