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News roundup: Feds: We snatched up emails under Bush's orders

Published March 18, 2014 7:49 am
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Feds: We snatched up emails under Bush's orders. Lee: No investigation into me. White House runs won't break up tea party group, Paul says.

Happy Tuesday. The federal government has admitted to sweeping up huge volumes of data from emails in the United States for years without court approval and only under orders of then-President George W. Bush. Politico reports that in a court filing, the U.S. government says the collection ran parallel to gathering metadata that is still being snatched up by the NSA. [Politico]

Topping the news: Sen. Mike Lee said investigators conducting a criminal probe into former AG John Swallow have not contacted him or his staff . [Trib] [DNews]

-> Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who was in Utah to help Lee raise money, said White House aspirations won't tear apart the tea party senators who came to Washington only a few years ago to change it up. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The New York Times takes a look at the John Swallow investigation and note this is why the IRS is looking at changing the rules covering nonprofits devoted solely to electing a candidate. [NYTimes]

Tweet of the day: From @TheFix: "It's not until tax time every year when I remember how truly bad I am at the day to day processes of life."

In other news: This week's caucuses will be the last under the current system. [Trib] [UtahPolicy] [KUER] [ABC4] Democratic Party chairman Jim Dabakis gives his take. [Fox13]

-> Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love filed her paperwork to run for office. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [Fox13] [ABC4]

-> The newly passed law requiring insurance companies to cover autism treatments only applies to large employers and the self-insured. Small employers and self-insured businesses do not fall under the mandate. [Trib]

-> At the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics, two Democratic legislators gave their take on the legislative session that ended last week. [DNews]

-> The Count My Vote initiative is officially over. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week on marriage equality, homelessness and human rights. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley shows us a side of Vladimir Putin that we may not want to see. [Trib]

Nationally: House Republican leaders are pushing a new approach to fix the country's health care system as a replacement for Obamacare. [WaPost]

-> President Barack Obama moved to sanction 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials in response to the situation in Crimea, preventing them from visiting or holding assets in America. [Politico]

-> Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards announced he will run for Congress three years after being released from federal prison. [Picayune]

Where are they?

Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Derek Miller and Marty Carpenter, hits the Enterprise, Law and Transportation Sub-Cabinet Meeting and the Extra Space Storage Event at the Canyons Resort in Park City.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at the Utah Rural Telecom Association Meeting.

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans and attends a DNC event.

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— Thomas Burr and Topher Webb Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/topherjwebb






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