How Al Gore got rich. Lee declines presidential bid. Chaffetz presses Benghazi hearings.
Happy Monday. Former Vice President Al Gore didn't have much money when he served in office but has now amassed a fortune rivaling Mitt Romney. Gore made an estimated $100 million in a single month after selling off his TV network and Apple stock, a far cry from where he stood in office representing Tennessee. [SeattleTimes]
Topping the news: The three best known members of the Senate tea party club, Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are exploring presidential bids but their fellow conservative, Sen. Mike Lee, remains focused on his current job. [Trib]
-> Lee plans to offer an amendment to urge more regulation over abortions after the trial of a Philadelphia doctor who faces some 250 criminal charges, including murder, related to his botched practice. [DailyCaller]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz says State Department officials are worried about speaking up about the Benghazi attacks but that more will come forward after whistleblowers speak at a Wednesday hearing. [FoxNews]
-> Planners are looking at how the Wasatch Front will look in 2040 and how to develop transit needs around the growing population. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @TeaPartyCat: "That awkward moment when Eric Cantor pledges to have another vote to repeal Obamacare and no one can remember if it's the 38th or 39th."
Happy birthday: To Lisa Roskelly and Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams.
Opinion section: Zions Bank President Scott Anderson praises Sen. Orrin Hatch for leading on immigration reform. [Trib]
-> The Tribune editorial board, too, says Hatch is right to seize the moment and do the right thing by backing immigration reform. [Trib]
-> A community activist and Democratic Party official says now is the time for comprehensive immigration reform. [Trib]
-> Carbon County does not live in fear of the Antiquities Act, despite what a county commissioner told Congress, says a former Forest Service and BLM official who lives in Price. [Trib]
-> The head of Utah Physicians for a Health Environment says we should be careful what we're spraying on our lawns if we care about our health. [Trib]
-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli give their opinions on the sequestration cuts and how the political parties are playing it. [DNews]
-> Peg McEntee says birth control advocate Sandra Fluke is still fighting for women's rights. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on Gov. Gary Herbert's solution to Utah's dirty air. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly says that the Utah Legislature's attorneys are picking partisan sides because they know the GOP is in charge. [Trib]
-> Rolly also notes that his new favorite lawmaker is Rep. Brian Greene for all the fodder he's going to earn off him. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says news conferences can be a good and dangerous venue for a sitting president. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Federal cuts through sequestration will cut some $47 million out of services in Utah, mainly through substance abuse prevention, education and mental health services. [Trib]
-> Three SLC Council members say Mayor Ralph Becker hasn't done a good enough job reaching out to the community about the proposed Sugar House street car. [Trib]
-> More of Coral Pink Sand Dunes will be closed to off-road vehicles to help protect a rare sand beetle. [Trib]
-> A Chevron pipeline that caused an oil leak recently has been approved to continue operation. [Trib]
-> Indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson has filed court papers saying that prosecutors tried to shield AG John Swallow from a federal investigation. [Trib] [DNews]
-> A new report shows big changes ahead in the Southwest United States because of climate change and urges action. [Trib]
-> After a week of testimony and a pseudo hearing, Former Congressman Merrill Cook says he isn't convinced of extraterrestrial life but says there is a lot of evidence of unidentified flying objects. [Trib]
-> Cottonwood Heights has gone mail-only balloting for its municipal elections. [DNews]
-> Utah State University awards Sen. Orrin Hatch an honorary doctorate at its commencement this weekend. [CacheValleyDaily]
-> Tribune managing editor Terry Orme says the newspaper is fulfilling its watchdog role through investigating the West Valley Police narcotics squad scandal. [Trib]
-> The aftermath of the Boston marathon bombing has reignited the debate over the balance between liberty and safety. [DNews]
-> The landslide at the Kennecott mine is forcing layoffs at the big Utah employer. [DNews]
Nationally: Piers Morgan goes after Mitt Romney as a religious fanatic for saying that young people should get married and have a "quiver" of children. [NRO]
-> For 32 years, a woman has held a vigil outside the White House protesting nuclear bombs and a plethora of other things but the nation's longest lasting protest may soon be over. [WaPost]
-> The Washington Post looks back at how military rifles became a civilian want-to-have and how the NRA's top lobbyist and an firearms dealer made it happen. [WaPost]
-> Gun control measures defeated, the NRA is issuing a rallying cry to its members and gun rights supporters to get heavily involved in the mid-term and 2016 elections. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
AG John Swallow meets with SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams and attends the funeral services for Major General John L. Matthews.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams holds a senior staff meeting, sits down with Rocky Mountain Power's Rich Walje and hits the Taste of Kearns.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with Utah Restaurant Association President Melva Sine and sits down with RDA Director DJ Baxter.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the funeral for Joseph Moore.
President Barack Obama has no public events scheduled.
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