The new of the day. Sonia Sotomayor halts contraceptive rule.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor late on New Year’s Eve blocked Obamacare’s requirement that a care facility for the elderly run by Catholic nuns provide contraception coverage to its employees.

The requirement was due to go into effect on Jan. 1 for the non-profit company and other religious-affiliated institutions across the country. Several lower courts on Monday granted similar emergency petitions, but a request from the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged in Denver was denied, prompting its lawyers to go to the Supreme Court.

In her order, Sotomayor blocked the government from enforcing the requirement on the Denver home until further notice from the Supreme Court. The government has until Friday at 10 a.m. to respond.

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Don’t read too much into this for the future. But for now, good news.

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