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Report: Some tea party groups needed IRS scrutiny. NYTimes looks at BYU's film center. AG's office morale suffering.
Happy Tuesday. Some conservative groups concerned that they were targeted by the IRS in a partisan ploy to hurt the tea party effort may have actually deserved extra scrutiny, The New York Times reports. Turns out, several of the groups applying for nonprofit status under the social welfare exemption were actually clear-cut political groups. In one case, a group that said it didn't help out a congressional race when in fact it has spent thousands doing so. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: The growing scandal-tinted cloud over the Utah Attorney General's Office it taking a toll on morale for the agency's workers. [Trib]
-> In the wake of pipeline spills, Utah is weighing whether to assume greater safety control or rely on the feds. [Trib]
-> The New York Times Magazine looks at BYU as an incubator of Pixar-like movies. [NYTimes]
Tweet of the day: From @GrahamBlog (Sen. Lindsay Graham): "Best wishes to @SenJohnMcCain in Syria today. If he doesn't make it back calling dibs on his office." (See related story: [USAToday])
Happy birthday: Belatedly to Raymond Tracy who celebrated yesterday.
Congrats: To Sego Strategies' Jennifer Lambert on her new beautiful baby girl, her third daughter. Mom and baby are happy and healthy. (h/t David Copeland)
Opinion section: Paul Rolly goes after Sen. Mike Lee, arguing the Utah Republican is throwing stones at glass houses. [Trib]
-> Rolly also notes how Rep. Jim Matheson confounds Republicans and Democrats alike. [Trib]
-> The Spectrum says the GOP needs Jon Huntsman's moderate push if it wants to continue being a viable party. [Spectrum]
-> The CEO of a healthcare technology startup says Utah needs to focus education on science, technology, engineering and math and Utah's senators should continue focusing on immigration reform that allows companies to hire foreigners for tech jobs. [Trib]
-> Trib writer George Pyle talks about getting lost during his trip to Washington, D.C. [Trib]
-> A consulting geologist says turning over federal lands to Utah would wreck them. [Trib]
-> Sen. Lyle Hillyard and Tax-Free Fund for Utah trustee Gary Cornia say that municipal bonds have been a success for local communities in the state and thank the person who came up with the idea for them. [Trib]
-> Former Salt Lake County GOP Chairwoman Tiani Coleman says it's time Utah allows nonpartisan primaries so that voters can choose their general election candidates. [Trib]
-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli debate the effect of the Republican Party's rejection of a change to its caucus-convention system. [DNews]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says President Barack Obama's response to Benghazi, the AP phone log scandal and the IRS scrutiny of conservative groups show incompetence in the White House. [DNews]
In other news: Utah cities are facing a new problem: cemeteries are filling up and there are fewer places to bury the dead. [Trib]
-> The state's House majority leader vacationed in Europe with several lobbyists recently but says he paid his own way and was meticulous in splitting the bills. [Trib]
-> The Count My Vote effort is moving forward on an initiative to allow candidates to bypass the rigid caucus-convention system. [DNews]
-> West Valley City is looking to reset itself after a series of police scandals. [DNews]
-> Utah's refusal to ink a water-sharing deal with Nevada could hurt it in negotiating with other states over uses of the Colorado River. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz says that the Obama administration is covering up what really happened in the Benghazi terrorist attacks. [TheHill]
-> Ann Romney talks about being a mother and raising five boys. [KSL]
Nationally: Ex-Sen. Bob Dole gives his party low marks and says that the GOP should be "closed for repairs." [WaPost]
-> Republicans, though, have a realistic possibility or taking back control of the Senate in 2014. [WaPost]
-> The woman who interrupted President Barack Obama's address at the National Defense University says she wasn't being rude. [DailyBeast]
-> Former President George W. Bush sponsors his third Wounded Warrior bike race and rides along to show support. [DailyBeast]
-> Ten years after the start of the war in Iraq, former Vice President Dick Cheney says he has no regrets. [DailyMail]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks with the Sandy City Council and holds a townhall meeting in Sandy.
Rep. Chris Stewart visits Tolman Elementary School in Bountiful and Franklin Elementary School in Salt Lake City.
Gov. Gary Herbert hits the Education Excellence meeting and chats with his chief of staff.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder films his monthly video report and conducts the City Council meeting.
President Barack Obama heads to the Jersey Shore to view the rebuilding and recovery efforts underway following Hurricane Sandy. Later, the president speaks at the AAPI Heritage Month Celebration at the White House.
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