Topping the news: Congress returns to session today as the looming fiscal cliff puts high pressure on lawmakers to overcome partisan barriers and prevent an potential recession. [Reuters]
-> Democrats consider an idea once touted by Mitt Romney: to raise taxes on the rich through a hard cap on income tax deductions. [NYTimes]
-> Jon Huntsman says the Republican Party needs to stop being bullied by the right-wing media. [Politico]
-> An agent involved in the investigation of the Petraeus case allegedly sent shirtless photos of himself to Jill Kelley, the woman who reported harassing emails that led to the Petraeus probe. [WSJ]
Tweets of the day: From @mviser: "Fun fact: mistress of John Edwards (Rielle Hunter) lives 1.6 miles from mistress of David Petraeus (Paula Broadwell)"
Happy birthday: To state Sen. Ross Romero and the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Stephanie Hugie, a native Utahn.
In other news: The Utah Legislature has its greatest Republican majority since 1967 at 81.7 percent. [Trib]
-> Republican hard-liners are all but forced to soften their stance on immigration. [Trib]
-> Utah Latino's say they're building a "foundation for success" in future politics in the state. [UtahPolicy]
-> Mia Love said she was "absolutely" surprised by the outcome of her tight race against Rep. Jim Matheson, but insists she "is not interested in just staying on the sidelines." [DNews]
-> A group of outdoor retailers will ask President Barack Obama today to turn the Greater Canyonlands area into a national monument. Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, says such a designation would do more harm than good. [DNews]
-> Rep. Wayne Harper wrote a letter on behalf of a convicted sex offender who once worked for him as an intern. The Alliance for a Better Utah jumped on the note, citing it as an "inappropriate" use of power. [Fox13]
-> The state's proposed approach to reduce air pollution faces heavy resistance from a wide variety of Utahns. [Trib]
Election aftermath: Although there are some still unresolved races, the House will hold its "freshman orientation" for new members Utah 2nd District's Chris Stewart among them. [WaPost]
-> Nate Silver compares voter turnout from 2008 to 2012. [NYTimes]
-> The head of the Tesla motor company asks Romney: Who is the loser now? [Slate]
-> House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whose position of power may or may not be at its end, meets with top Democrats tonight. [Politico] [WaPost] [TheHill]
-> Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) just might be the president's new defense secretary. [WaPost]
-> The White House published names of those who will meet with the president this week to discuss the growth of the economy and a plan of attack for handling the federal deficit. [Reuters]
-> Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says Republicans need to be more inclusive: "Outreach is when five white guys have a meeting and call you. Inclusive is when you're in the meeting. And I think we have to understand to be inclusive." [CBSNews]
-> Thousands of Facebookers have decided they can no longer "like" Romney. And, naturally, an entire website has been created to follow his fan deficit in real time. [CNN]
-> An Arizona woman chased her husband down with her car, pinning him between the vehicle's underside and the curb. Why? He didn't vote. [CBSNews]
-> The president's 44 greatest faces: [BuzzFeed].
Where are they?
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon attends budget hearings and workshops before heading to the County Council meeting.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker holds a performing arts center meeting and later attends the City Council meeting.
President Barack Obama will attend a meeting with leaders from the labor community to discuss economic growth and reducing the deficit.
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