-> Utah officials plan to take the same-sex marriage case to the U.S. Supreme Court if their request for a stay, specifically intended to stop gay couples from filing for benefits, is denied. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL]
-> Salt Lake City officials decided to turn down their chance at hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, despite being a finalist for the position. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
-> Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt may not run for the Senate in 2016, according to friends. [UtahPolicy]
Tweet of the day: From @JeffStenquist: "Pretty sure the @CIA is following more than 25 people."
Happy Birthday: To Chris "Sully" Sullivan of Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson's office.
In other news: The Salt Lake City Council sent a letter to the Days of '47 Parade organizers to question their exclusion of Mormons Building Bridges, although the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah asked them not to. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert was one of eight western governors to conference with President Barack Obama to discuss wildfires. [Trib] [WaPost]
-> Paul Rolly compares the current newspaper debate with The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret News to a shady sugar deal in Utah in the mid-1900s. [Trib]
-> An audit ranks the Salt Lake VA in ninth place in the longest wait times in veterans hospitals in the nation. [DNews] [KUTV]
-> South Jordan City Councilmember Steve Barnes was formally asked to not attend a council meeting due to an alleged conflict of interest on the Mulligans Golf and Games issue. [KUTV]
Nationally: A national audit on veterans hospitals shows that more than 57,000 patients were left waiting for more than three months. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]
-> In an interview with Diane Sawyer from ABC News, Hillary Clinton asserted she is not the one to blame on Benghazi, adding, "I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions." [WaPost] [Politico] [LATimes]
-> President Barack Obama hopes to ease the burden of student debt with his latest executive order regarding loans. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]
-> Obama vowed to reform the economy, education, climate change and health care, and some are saying he's now done it all. [NYMag]
-> A City Council in Massachusetts had an unexpected evacuation as it started to vote on taking control of a local water company; it turns out a lobbyist pulled the fire alarm to stop the vote. [Telegram]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends a music licensing hearing and later a disability hearing, meets with Rep. Lamar Smith and later Chairman Dave Camp, speaks with the CEO of Snowbird and talks with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox goes to a Constitutional Defense Council meeting and participates in a policy meeting.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams speaks at the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors retreat, attends a County Council meeting and later a citizen meeting.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with Michael Purdy, attends a press conference, goes to the City Council meeting and speaks with Lane Beattie of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.
President Barack Obama signs legislation, delivers remarks at a Tumblr event and meets with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Vice President Joe Biden.
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