-> Sen. Orrin Hatch has an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would increase prison sentences for growing pot on federal lands, an issue in Utah and all western states. [Trib]
-> It's still hard to determine how badly the recent scandals in Washington (IRS, AP snooping, Benghazi) will hurt President Barack Obama, but Dan Balz argues that the president failed in his bid to prove an activist government can be a smart government. [WaPost]
Tweet of the day: @tpyfer: "It was inevitable- delegate gives his name and LDS ward instead of county."
Opinion section: Former Sen. Bob Bennett argues that its time to place embattled AG John Swallow on administrative leave. [DNews]
-> Paul Rolly discuses what happened to one of Mia Love's discarded campaign managers. [Trib]
-> And Rolly recounts his debate with Dick Cheney about press freedoms. [Trib]
-> Tribune Managing Editor Lisa Carricaburu explains why reporters are angry that the Justice Department seized two months of the Associated Press's phone records in apparent violation of its own policies. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley's description of the recent GOP tactics: "Game of Clowns" [Trib]
-> The owner of Subaru dealership in Utah heralds the EPA's new air quality standards. [Trib]
-> A University of Utah professor argues that skateboards have no place on campus walkways. [Trib]
-> Ron Mortensen says its time to get a special prosecutor to look into Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake Community College President Cynthia Bioteau writes about her college's collaboration with Goldman Sachs to boost small businesses. [Trib]
-> A historian says the president's push for gun control has some similarities to the way former Utah Sen. Reed Smoot pitched his ideas. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the scandals in Washington and any potential impact in Utah's political world. [DNews]
In other news: Mia Love made it official at the state Republican Convention telling delegates that she would challenge Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah's 4th District in 2014. [DNews]
-> Two teachers who carry guns to class each day talk about why they believe they are improving the safety of students. [Trib]
-> Utah soldier Cody Towse dies in Afghanistan. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [Fox13]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz continued his call for the White House to release more Benghazi emails on CBS' Face the Nation. [Politico]
-> In our D.C. Notebook we write about former Gov. Jon Huntsman's views of the recent scandals and Rep. Chris Stewart's first chance to vote against Obamacare. [Trib]
-> The tech industry continues to push for changes in the immigration bill to make it easier for companies to hire temporary foreign workers and their biggest champion is Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. [NYTimes]
-> The federal government will take over Utah's high-risk insurance pool after the state program ran out of money. [Trib]
-> The Utah director of Workforce Services has agreed to take the SNAP challenge this week, eating just $4 worth of food each day. [Trib]
-> Utah gun sales hit an all time high following the Sandy Hook school shooting, which sparked a renewed debate over gun control. [Trib]
-> After confusing court rulings and pronouncements from the Obama administration, pharmacists are taking different tacts in providing customers with the "morning after pill." [Trib]
-> A recently enacted law could allow the state to tax electricity going to the National Security Agency's new Utah Data Center and the spy agency isn't happy about it. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Hebert, lawmakers went to Cyprus High to talk to students about teen suicide and a new law that hopes to make it more rare. [Trib]
-> DA Sim Gill is investigating a Midvale City employee, who may have drafted a contract to benefit himself and a business partner. [Trib]
-> Utah's unemployment rate drops to 4.7 percent. [Trib] [DNews]
-> State water officials urged the Legislature to tackle the problem of high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous in Utah water before the EPA steps in. [DNews]
-> Judi Hillman, an advocate for the uninsured, takes a job with the new non-profit health plan in Utah, created through the Affordable Care Act. [Trib] [DNews]
Nationally: A new CNN poll shows that Obama's approval rating is holding steady despite the scandals in Washington, with 53 percent saying he's doing a good job. The poll also shows Republicans have support for the way they are reacting to the IRS, AP, and Benghazi scandals. [CNN]
-> Say goodbye to First Lady Michelle Obama's bangs. [TheHill]
-> The president has displayed an "a la carte" leadership style, pushing executive power in some areas (drones), while being passive in others (immigration), confusing friends and critics alike. [WaPost]
-> Obama gets personal in a commencement address at a historically black college. [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Chris Stewart attends a dinner with the ambassador from Morocco.
AG John Swallow goes to a meeting of the Constitutional Defense Council.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends an economic development conference.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with his community liaisons and his community and economic development director.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the funeral of Mabel Christensen and then participates in a press conference on the Susan Powell case.
President Barack Obama meets with Burmese President Thein Sein.
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