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Obama: Dems could 'get clobbered' in this year's election. British court tosses LDS lawsuit. Your 2014 candidate list.

Happy Friday. Political observers have said so, polls have said so and now President Barack Obama has said so about the upcoming mid-term elections: Democrats are in trouble. Obama told a crowd of donors that Dems "get clobbered" in such elections and asked for their help in this year's races as the party faces the possibility of losing control of the Senate. [Politico]

Topping the news: A British court has tossed a supposed fraud case against LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, ruling that the justice system would not be used to attack the beliefs of others. [Trib]

-> Yesterday was the last day to file to run for office and all the candidates are in. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> Rep. Rob Bishop is among a group of Republicans blamed for holding up bills to protect areas environmentalists want to save. [Trib] [KUER]

Tweet of the day: From @natecarlisle: "If you're Harvard, how long do you celebrate this #MarchMadness win before you go back to studying 18th century European economics?"

Happy Birthday: To Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and on Saturday to state Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi and U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch.

In other news: Utah Republicans held their caucus meetings yesterday for the last time under the current system. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> Three Republicans and one Democrats filed to run for retiring Randy Horiuchi's Salt Lake County Council at-large seat. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly gives his take on new standardized tests for Utah schools that are facing some technical problems. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill aiming to protect children when one of their parents is suspected of murdering the other. [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]

-> Three Layton residents asked the City Council to adopt an ordinance to ban housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [Trib]

-> Demolition at the Deseret Chemical depot may be ahead of schedule. [Trib]

-> Jim Dabakis and Thomas Wright discuss the plan to link seven ski resorts along the Wasatch Front. [ABC4]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the Legislature's retirements and how the Hill passed so many bills this session. [UtahPolicy]

Nationally: President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against some of the richest people in Russia. In response, Russia banned nine U.S. officials from the country. [WaPost] Here is a list of people Obama moved to sanction. [WaPost]

-> Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., ordered the Senate Intelligence Committee's computers to be examined in order to combat the CIA's claim that committee staff hacked into the CIA's network. [NYTimes]

-> In Illinois three state lawmakers who voted for same-sex marriage won their respective primaries. [WaPost]

-> The search for a home for President Barack Obama's presidential library has started. Chicago, Honolulu and New York City are interested. [ABCNews]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz visits True Science in Springville, meets with his military advisory board and speaks at the Payson Chamber of Commerce dinner.

Rep. Chris Stewart meets with Ephraim Mayor Richard Squire and sits down with constituents in Sanpete County. He also meets with Sevier County commissioners and holds town hall meeting in Richfield.

Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Granite School District students and later visits three businesses and an elementary school in Heber as part of Capitol for a Day: Wasatch County.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox takes a personal day.

President Barack Obama meets with internet CEOs.

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— Thomas Burr and Topher Webb and

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