Topping the news: Guns kill more people in Utah than cars, according to data the Trib's Nate Carlisle dug up. Suicides are driving up the gun deaths, he reports. [Trib]
-> The so-called Mormon Moment may translate into a Mormon Century, a scholar says. [DenverPost]
-> What's Mitt Romney's next step? Academics? A Super PAC? Or fade away into private life? He isn't saying so far. [NJ]
Today's news: Sen. Mike Lee says President Barack Obama is playing "political games" with the country over the fiscal cliff issue. [DNews]
-> From Mitt Romney to marching Mormons, this year has been one for the history books for Utahns. A year in review of the top Beehive State stories. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly notes an instance of mail theft that really turned someone's life upside down. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @pourmecoffee: "Attention countries we are trying to convert to democracy: Please, look away for a while. Thank you."
Happy birthday: Belatedly, to the Trib's social media guru, Kim McDaniel, who celebrated Sunday. And tomorrow to the League of Cities and Towns' Lincoln Shurtz.
Programming note: We're taking New Years Day off, but will return to your inboxes and computer screens on Wednesday.
Opinion section: Pat Bagley offers his take on trying to keep 2012 from escaping into the coming year. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly goes after Rep. Jason Chaffetz, saying he could have been a real go-getting for changing Washington but has ended up an obstructionist. [Trib]
-> Steven Gunn argues that the 2nd Amendment allows restrictions on firearms, and Americans want some limitations on assault rifles. [Trib]
-> Steve Warren suggests that the Utah Legislature should allow a non-Mormon to give the prayer on the opening day of the session. [Trib]
-> Tribune editor Nancy Conway says the news media is changing, whether you want it to or not. [Trib]
-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli offer their awards for the best and worst of politics in 2012. [DNews]
-> SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon says the Newtown massacre is a call to action on finally doing something about gun control. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett offers his predictions for the coming year. [DNews]
In other news: Fox 13's Ben Winslow takes a look back at AG Mark Shurtleff's dozen years in office. [Fox13]
-> AEI scholar Norm Ornstein says 2020 may be the best year for Huntsman to run for president. [DNews]
Where are they?
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker holds a senior staff meeting.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder hosts "Meet with the Mayor" open-door meetings
President Barack Obama has no public events scheduled.
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