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News roundup: Obama, the 'lean-back' president

Published April 30, 2013 7:47 am
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Obama, chilling out. GOP senators yell at Cruz, Lee, Paul. Chaffetz on Afghan cash: 'bizzaro world.'

Happy Tuesday. While the job of commander in chief is the most demanding in the world, Vanity Fair pulled together a bunch of photos to show that President Barack Obama is able, on occasion, to lean back and enjoy the time. The magazine highlights White House staff photos of the president resting his feet on the Resolute Desk and otherwise appearing a bit more relaxed. [VanityFair]

Topping the news: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., says fellow Republicans yelled at him and Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee over their filibuster of gun-control legislation — but Cruz struck back, calling the Senate GOPers "squishy." [Politico]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz raises concerns about a flood of unaccounted for cash to the Afghan government through the CIA, calling it "bizzaro world." [NYTimes]

-> Be careful what you say: Lawmakers are pledging a response after the Layton police chief argued for the veto of the open-carry law. [Trib]

-> Utah Democrats will vote in June on whether to ditch its caucus system. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @JoseCanseco: "Another year gone and I did not get into the White House"

From @ryanbeckwith: "Saturday: Obama jokes no one wants to drink w/ Mitch McConnell. Monday: McC posts pic of himself drinking alone: http://bit.ly/17tCcHC "

Happy birthday: To Sam Youngman, formerly of Reuters.

In other news: Sen. Lee says he can't support the broad immigration reform bill and that any changes to the system need to come step-by-step as to avoid creating more problems. [DNews]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz agrees, saying that any immigration reform should come in pieces. [UtahPolicy]

-> A Heartland Institute fellow says the country should be paying attention to Lee's call for how to focus the GOP's efforts. [HumanEvents]

-> Utahn John Price, who served as an ambassador to President George W. Bush, writes about his experience at the dedication of the Bush library. [Hinckley]

-> A woman has been charged under Utah's new "ag gag" law for filming a meat packing plants with her iPhone. [Trib]

-> A St. George high school rugby team coach may lose her job over a gun raffle meant to help pay for a national tournament trip. The raffle was canceled after people raised concerns. [Trib]

-> The Utah Senate is seeking comments on a 3rd District juvenile judge nominee. [DNews]

-> Sen. Lee joins the fight against the Common Core standards. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on Congress and its dealing with the sequester. [Trib]

-> EnergySolutions says most of its stockholders want to move it back into private hands, a move that could be complete by this summer. [Trib]

Nationally: His first gun-control push failed but Sen. Joe Manchin isn't done and promises to criss-cross the country and debate anyone on his proposal. [WaPost]

-> NBA center Jason Collins comes out as gay, the first athlete currently in one of the four major U.S. sports to do so. [NYTimes]

-> Authorities are probing contacts the surviving man accused of the Boston marathon bombing had with Russia or other potential terrorist movements. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz appears on CNN's Starting Point, visits the Tech Crunch in NYC and hits a FoxBusiness interview.

Gov. Gary Herbert is taking a personal day.

AG John Swallow holds an executive meeting.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams heads to the UTA Board retreat, hits an Executive Health Policy Group meeting and later attends the Young Architects Forum dinner.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker heads to a performing arts center meeting and later opens his door to employees.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder speaks to the UTA Board, meets with Rev. Matt Seddon of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and conducts the City Council meeting.

President Barack Obama makes an announcement in the East Room about veteran employment, lunches with Vice President Joe Biden and meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the Oval Office.

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— Thomas BurrTwitter.com/thomaswburr






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