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News roundup: Meet the guy behind the NSA-Verizon leak

Published June 10, 2013 6:45 am
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NSA whistleblower comes forward. Lee offers measures to curb domestic spying. What an impeachment would look like.

Happy Monday. Meet the man who leaked NSA documents to the Guardian and The Washington Post and learn why he did it with full knowledge that his life would never be the same. The 29-year-old Edward Snowden came forward and knows what's coming next: "I do not expect to see home again." [Guardian]

Topping the news: Sen. Mike Lee is shopping legislation that would address the NSA's monitoring of American's domestic phone call data. [Politico]

-> Utah's Legislature has never held impeachment proceedings, but the varied investigations into AG John Swallow have more than a few members seriously considering it. [Trib] [ABC4]

-> Undocumented immigrants from Utah are headed to Washington, hoping to convince Sen. Orrin Hatch to back legislation that will ultimately change their lives. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @ggreenwald (the reporter who broke the NSA-Verizon story): "Dear Obama's favorite media hack-loyalists: dredge up whatever you want. It won't matter any more than investigation threats."

From @pourmecoffee: "@ggreenwald Are there 25 nondescript 'painter's vans' lined up on your street?"

Happy birthday: To the Senate Finance Committee's Chris "Sully" Sullivan.

Opinion section: House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig explains why the Democrats want to launch impeachment proceedings against AG John Swallow. [Trib]

-> The senior vice president of the Management and Training Corp., under fire for conditions in a Mississippi prison, says an AP story about its operations is inaccurate because the company didn't take over the operations until 2012. [Trib]

-> SLC Mayor Ralph Becker explains why he doesn't think the city needs to raise taxes. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Enriching Utah Coalition wants an immigration system that focuses on human dignity. [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee explains why he opposes the immigration bill. [DNews]

-> Paul Rolly says an upcoming conference at the U.'s Hinckley Institute urging women to run for public office highlights just how few women there are in elected office in Utah. [Trib]

-> Rolly also goes after House Speaker Becky Lockhart over the fake signature purportedly from former Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham. [Trib]

-> Attorney Steve Owens says there's no reason to appoint Utah's attorney general but there is a big need to cap unlimited campaign contributions. [Trib]

-> Another attorney adds that Utah's weak ethics and campaign finance laws are partly to blame for the scandals in state government. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on spying and the NSA. [Trib]

-> Pignanelli and Webb discuss the GOP's standing with younger voters and how it may impact the party's chances going forward. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett argues against the idea of abandoning capitalism. [DNews]

Weekend in review: Mitt Romney's Utah summit focused on getting past the partisan rhetoric and solving the nation's problems. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Sen. Mike Lee, once part of the Gang of Eight, now says the immigration bill is too far gone to save. [Trib]

-> Hear the stories of two of Utah's most prominent Dreamers - unauthorized immigrants brought here as children - and why even as adults now they are still pushing Sen. Orrin Hatch on immigration reform. [Trib]

-> Your future leaders: A list of those folks who have filed to run for municipal office in Utah's biggest cities. [Trib]

-> Marc Jenson gives another interview from prison talking about his relationship with former AG Mark Shurtleff. [DNews]

-> Jon Huntsman talks about the U.S.-Chinese relations, the current political atmosphere and the 2016 race. [NYTimes]

-> Peg McEntee recalls the great concerns promoted by the late Boyd F. Jensen, who brought major acts to Utah in the 1960s. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly digs deeper into the alleged forgery of state Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham's name on an online petition. [Trib]

-> The CEO of the Utah Food Bank was dismissed last week and the board is mum on the change. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed the CEO of an investment firm to the Utah Securities Commission. [DNews]

Nationally: President Barack Obama defended the government's spying on American's phone call details as a modest encroachment on privacy needed to secure the nation. [WaPost]

-> Several Republicans, meanwhile, say they were never briefed on the NSA program, despite Obama's insistance that all members of Congress were made aware of it. [Politico]

-> Tech companies initially bristled at the idea of cooperating with the government, but in the end, many complied and handed over information under court order. [NYTimes]

-> Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced Saturday he would run for the Senate seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. [WaTimes]

-> The Supreme Court's decision on gay rights cases may be impacted by the acceptance of gay people in the legal profession, including as clerks to the justices. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

Gov. Gary Herbert takes a personal day.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams holds a Cabinet meeting, lunches with Carlton Christensen, hits an interview with Telemundo and attends the Wasatch Summit Executive Committee Meeting.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the America First Credit Union City Creek Center ribbon cutting, meets on the Sugar House streetcar plans, meets with Salt Lake Community College Trio Program students and heads to the Wasatch Summit Executive Committee Meeting.

President Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.

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— Thomas Burr and Matt CanhamTwitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/mattcanham






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