Lee goes after U.N. treaty. McAdams' Senate seat to be filled. Chaffetz's dog has puppies.
Happy Tuesday. Donald Trump blames Romney's loss on his "maniacal" immigration policy: "He had a crazy policy of self-deportation, which was maniacal. It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote." [HuffPost]
-> Meanwhile, New York police are investigating how ticker tape used during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade appears to be shredded security documents from Romney's motorcade. [Globe]
Topping the news: Sen. Mike Lee joined former presidential candidate Rick Santorum against a United Nations treaty that they fear would force parents of special needs children to enroll their kids in public schools. [Trib] (Dana Milbank goes after Santorum and Lee in a column about their U.N. fears: [WaPost])
-> President Barack Obama was really unpopular in rural Utah, including in Rich County where he received barely 8 percent of the vote. [Trib]
-> Nearly 200 Democratic leaders will be in Park City this weekend for a summit. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @HotlineReid: "AP header of the day, from Taopi: 'Longtime leaders of tiny Minnesota town want to retire, but keep getting reelected.'"
In other news: On Saturday, Democratic delegates will vote on a replacement for the Senate seat left behind by S.L. Co. Mayor-elect Ben McAdams, but it is unlikely the successor will have much influence in the Republican-led Utah Senate. [DNews]
-> A Republican senator is going after Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis for running for McAdam's seat, arguing that his party job interferes with his bid. [UtahPolicy]
-> SL County budget deliberations dragged on last night but it's still unclear if the Republican-run council will go along with Mayor Peter Corroon's suggested tax hike. [Trib]
-> Potential federal budget cuts have Hill Air Force Base supporters concerned. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick takes a look at the Legislature's talk of raising the food sales tax in Utah. [UtahPolicy]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz gave Fox News' Greta Van Susteren a picture of his new litter of puppies. Warning: They are cute. [FoxNews]
Nationally: Obama did not win over as many young voters this time around, but a new study shows they still played a crucial role in his victory. [ABCNews] [PewResearchCenter]
-> Romney's 47 percent comment haunted him throughout his White House bid and ironically, now that the ballots are counted, it appears that's the percent of votes he won. [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz returns to D.C. with evening votes.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert phones Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell, meets with Robert Spendlove in preparation for the Western Governors Association, sits down with Millard County commissioners and then attends a Diwali Celebration at the Governor's Mansion.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon offers remarks at the Commission on Youth and attends the County Council meeting.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker hosts a performing arts center design meeting with the firm Pelli Clarke Pelli.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder heads to the City Council meeting.
President Barack Obama receives the presidential daily briefing, eats lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and later meets with Mexico's President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto in the Oval Office.
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