-> Perhaps DeMint's move was a financial one? [BuzzFeed].
Topping the news: The LDS Church published a new website offering a softer stance on gay Mormons. From the announcement: "Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them." [Trib] [ABC4] [DNews]
-> The presidential election topped the $2 billion mark, making it the most expensive race in history. [APviaTrib]
-> Utah's chief economist says that letting the tax cuts expire could lead to a hole more than $2 billion in size. [DNews]
Tweets of the day: From @JohnJHarwood: "Just for the record: most GOP senators fear their colleague Jim DeMint. They also loathe him, see him as nutty threat to Repub prospects"
From @EWErickson: "For all the folks who think DeMint's move will scale back conservative advances, they must not be familiar with Heritage Action for America."
From @StephenAtHome: "Tweet @nikkihaley & tell her why I belong in the US Senate. For one, I wouldn't just block legislation, I'd body-check it! #SenatorColbert"
In other news: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the administration is prepared to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary, a comment that Sen. Orrin Hatch called 'irresponsible.' [FoxNews] [TheHill]
-> Salt Lake City works on plans to address the changing climate's effect on the area. [Trib]
-> SLC's new police building is part-art piece, part blast-resistant fortress. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Brigham City residents lined up at the City Council meeting to comment on the Mayor Dennis Fife's adultery and whether he should keep his job. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick argues Sen. Mike Lee might have a Republican challenger try to attack him from the left in 2016. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bernick and Bryan Schott talk about Lee, Jim Dabakis in the state Senate and legislative committee assignments. [UtahPolicy]
-> Tooele City Council looks to fill a vacancy recently left by Councilman Shawn Milne who has been recently elected to the Tooele County Commission. [DNews]
-> For those of you from West Valley City, the council would like to wish you happy holidays: [YouTube].
-> Paul Rolly weighs in on a dating violence law currently being pushed through by Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City. [Trib]
-> A 94-year-old Roosevelt, Utah man recalls the attack on Pearl Harbor and its aftermath, which he witnessed from the seat of his P-40 fighter plane. [Trib]
Where are they?
Utah Governor Gary Herbert cuts the ribbon and tours the grounds at the new Adobe site in Lehi and later holds a flag protocol discussion with staff.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon stays a third day in Washington for the National County Executives Association meetings.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker hosts a slew of scheduled meetings.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder stops by a holiday open house at Sterling Financial.
President Barack Obama meets with senior advisers and later signs H.R. 6063, the Child Protection Act of 2012, in the Oval Office.
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