MAJORITY - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MAJORITY News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) U.S. lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58238362-68/israel-defense-senate-republicans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58238362-68/israel-defense-senate-republicans.html.csp">U.S. lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRADLEY KLAPPER </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and DONNA CASSATA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T17:26:34.904-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 05:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong vacation at week’s end. “Let’s stop playing games,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., calling the assistance a necessity for the “life-or-death struggle Israel faces.” Graham and other supporters made their comments as Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment yet in ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582383622014-07-29T17:26:34.904-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-29T17:26:34.904-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58238362@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:26:34 MDT Little sunlight as Obama raises super PAC dollars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58226384-68/obama-super-pac-donors.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58226384-68/obama-super-pac-donors.html.csp">Little sunlight as Obama raises super PAC dollars</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-26T19:47:02.778-06:00">Updated Jul 26, 2014 07:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • For years, President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections. Now, as Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he’s embracing some of the same secretive elements of that system, drawing charges of hypocrisy from good-governance advocates who say the public deserves to know what Obama...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582263842014-07-26T19:47:02.778-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-26T19:47:02.778-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58226384@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:47:02 MDT Church of England votes to allow women bishops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58184328-68/church-women-bishops-england.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58184328-68/church-women-bishops-england.html.csp">Church of England votes to allow women bishops</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW KNIGHT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T21:10:51.812-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 09:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">London • The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops. The church’s national assembly, known as the General Synod, voted for the historic measure, reaching the required two-thirds majority in each of its three different houses. In total, 351 members of the three houses approved of the move. Only 72 voted against and 10 abstained. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the long-awaited ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581843282014-07-14T21:10:51.812-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-14T21:10:51.812-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58184328@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:10:51 MDT Letter: Not buying Mero’s ‘vast majority’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58175069-82/assertion-majority-mero-vast.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58175069-82/assertion-majority-mero-vast.html.csp">Letter: Not buying Mero’s ‘vast majority’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T18:21:14.371-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 06:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">With the loss of New York Times columnists, I find the substitution of Paul Mero a little bit less than ideal. He seems to have a reserved soapbox at the Trib. As with last month, we have received a diatribe full of assertion, and euphemisms lacking any factual backing whatsoever. Probably the most infuriating assertion in the entire piece was that a “vast majority” of Utahns agree with this line of reasoning. I have no independent evidence to support that assertion, and Mr. Mero’s word for it...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58175069@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:21:14 MDT Ponnuru: Liberal rage flows from misreading Hobby Lobby http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58164804-82/accommodation-court-hobby-lobby.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58164804-82/accommodation-court-hobby-lobby.html.csp">Ponnuru: Liberal rage flows from misreading Hobby Lobby</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ramesh Ponnuru</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T07:26:08.036-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 07:26AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Liberals should spend less time lauding the dissents in last week’s Hobby Lobby decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and more time reading them. If they did, they’d notice that some of their main arguments find little support — even from liberal justices. The Obama administration has sought to require almost all employers that offer health insurance to cover contraceptives. The court’s majority ruled that Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and similar companies could refuse to cover contraceptives to which t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58164804@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:26:08 MDT Dionne: Supreme Court’s profound class bias http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58145892-82/religious-court-control-alito.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58145892-82/religious-court-control-alito.html.csp">Dionne: Supreme Court’s profound class bias</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By E.J. Dionne</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T10:47:42.794-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 10:47AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • It’s not often that social and corporate conservatives come together, but the five right-of-center justices on the U.S. Supreme Court fashioned exactly this synthesis in their Hobby Lobby decision this week. In a religious freedom case related to birth control, the majority focused on the liberties of the company’s owners, not of those who work for them. More than that, the justices continued to press their campaign to create an entirely new legal regime under which corporations enj...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58145892@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:47:42 MDT Election year a drag on productivity in Senate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58126763-68/democrats-votes-mcconnell-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58126763-68/democrats-votes-mcconnell-senate.html.csp">Election year a drag on productivity in Senate</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW TAYLOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-28T11:20:02.726-06:00">Updated Jun 28, 2014 11:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber’s modest productivity this election season to a near halt. With control of the Senate at risk in November, leaders are going to remarkable lengths to protect endangered Democrats from casting tough votes and to deny Republicans legislative victories in the midst of the campaign. The phobia means even bipartisan legislation to boost energy efficiency, manufacturing, sportsmen’s rights and more could be...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58126763@www.sltrib.com Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:20:02 MDT White House, business back Export-Import Bank http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58104514-79/bank-export-mccarthy-import.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58104514-79/bank-export-mccarthy-import.html.csp">White House, business back Export-Import Bank</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-23T14:12:03.803-06:00">Updated Jun 23, 2014 02:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The White House and an influential pair of business organizations both called for renewal of the Export-Import Bank on Monday, one day after newly elected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said the agency should be phased out. The bank’s existence is fast emerging as a flashpoint in the internal Republican struggle between the business-backed establishment and tea party groups. Asked about McCarthy’s comments, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the bank “helps ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581045142014-06-23T14:12:03.803-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-23T14:12:03.803-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58104514@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:12:03 MDT Rolly: Expect another spirited fight for Utah House speaker http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58094095-82/lockhart-sltrib-hughes-speaker.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58094095-82/lockhart-sltrib-hughes-speaker.html.csp">Rolly: Expect another spirited fight for Utah House speaker</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL ROLLY</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T18:37:58.008-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 06:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah House of Representatives has always been a turbulent arena when it comes to who gets to be the leader and who has to wait in the wings. This year is no different, and the race for House speaker, which won’t be voted on by the Republican caucus until after the general election in November, has already begun. There loosely has been an unspoken rule that when the speaker steps down, the House majority leader, as next in line, is expected to step into that seat. Each leadership seat under...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58094095@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:37:58 MDT House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58091332-68/mccarthy-rep-leadership-cantor.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58091332-68/mccarthy-rep-leadership-cantor.html.csp">House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-19T18:45:02.338-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 06:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary defeat in Virginia. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, 48, was elected to replace McCarthy as whip, a clear indication that the rank and file wanted a red-state Republican in the upper ranks of leadership for the first time since the party gained control of the House i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580913322014-06-19T18:45:02.338-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-19T18:45:02.338-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58091332@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:45:02 MDT Hot race for No. 3 spot in GOP leadership http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58084115-68/conservative-leadership-majority-roskam.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58084115-68/conservative-leadership-majority-roskam.html.csp">Hot race for No. 3 spot in GOP leadership</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ERICA WERNER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-18T13:03:03.265-06:00">Updated Jun 18, 2014 01:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Candidates for House GOP leadership posts made their pitches to the rank-and-file Wednesday amid intense jockeying by conservatives aiming to elevate one of their own in the tumultuous aftermath of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s sudden loss. “Conservatives have been very concerned that we haven’t had a voice at the leadership table. And this may be a good opportunity to have that voice,” Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana told reporters in the basement of the Capitol as Republicans...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580841152014-06-18T13:03:03.265-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-18T13:03:03.265-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58084115@www.sltrib.com Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:03:03 MDT Milbank: Speaker stays in power by playing it safe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58064922-82/boehner-cantor-speaker-job.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58064922-82/boehner-cantor-speaker-job.html.csp">Milbank: Speaker stays in power by playing it safe</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-13T10:59:02.298-06:00">Updated Jun 13, 2014 10:59AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • By week’s end, the speaker of the House was sorely in need of a change of subject. His top lieutenant had been ousted by an unknown and underfunded college professor who enjoys Ayn Rand and karaoke, his Republican colleagues were engaged in a fractious succession race, and any hope of legislative achievement for the rest of the year had gone from slim to nil. So John Boehner, facing the cameras for his weekly news conference Thursday, went to his usual fallback. He critici...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58064922@www.sltrib.com Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:59:02 MDT In GOP upheaval, a front-runner — and discontent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58062318-68/rep-cantor-mccarthy-majority.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58062318-68/rep-cantor-mccarthy-majority.html.csp">In GOP upheaval, a front-runner — and discontent</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DONNA CASSATA </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and ERICA WERNER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T19:00:30.681-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 07:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • California Republican Kevin McCarthy quickly amassed support to become House majority leader on Thursday, but his likely ascent shut conservatives out of the chamber’s top leadership jobs, leaving them fuming and exposing deep fissures within the GOP. Within 48 hours of Rep. Eric Cantor’s lightning primary-election downfall, McCarthy and his deputies aggressively rounded up votes with a pitch to Southern Republicans and pointed private conversations on the House floor in a race tha...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580623182014-06-12T19:00:30.681-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-12T19:00:30.681-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58062318@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:00:30 MDT Cantor to resign as majority leader July 31 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58056966-68/republican-cantor-leadership-rep.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58056966-68/republican-cantor-leadership-rep.html.csp">Cantor to resign as majority leader July 31</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JONATHAN WEISMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-11T19:55:46.289-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 07:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON - Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 House Republican, will resign his leadership position within weeks, according to leadership aides. The move follows a stunning defeat in a primary election Tuesday in which voters rejected him in favor of a more conservative candidate. The move culminated a precipitous fall for Cantor, who was thought to be a likely successor to Speaker John A. Boehner. By stepping down as majority leader, an aide to Cantor said, he hoped to limit a festering ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58056966@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:55:46 MDT A blow to bipartisanship http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58055736-82/cantor-republican-party-among.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58055736-82/cantor-republican-party-among.html.csp">A blow to bipartisanship</a></h4>