Top LDS leaders register Republican. McAdams keeps deputy mayor. Utah senator pushes for motorcycle helmets.
Happy Thursday. Sen. Mike Lee says he's becoming less optimistic that Congress will figure out a way to halt going over the so-called fiscal cliff after President Barack Obama rejected a vague offer from House Speaker John Boehner: "I'm growing less optimistic about the chances of their coming to a deal on that." [TheHill]
Topping the news: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said during a CNBC interview that the Obama administration is "absolutely" prepared to go over the "fiscal cliff" if Republicans do not agree to tax the wealthiest Americans. [Reuters] [Politico]
-> The Tribune takes a look at the voter registration of the top leaders of the LDS Church and finds 11 of the 15 apostles are registered Republicans. [Trib]
-> As tradition, the top strategists from the presidential campaign sit down at Harvard post-voting and discuss what went right and wrong. [Slate]
From @jbendery: "House voted today to strike the word "lunatic" from all federal laws. All but 1 lawmaker voted for it: Louie Gohmert."
In other news: Salt Lake County mayor-elect Ben McAdams announced he will keep Nichole Dunn as deputy mayor. [DNews]
-> Some great committee assignments at the state Legislature are going to newcomers. [UtahPolicy]
-> Sen. Mike Lee pushes for a flat tax with former presidential candidate Steve Forbes. [KSL]
-> Peg McEntee says that top LDS authorities shouldn't register with any party. [Trib]
-> Ever wondered what it's like to watch the president tweet? No? Well, now you don't ever have to. [BuzzFeed]
-> A visual history of presidential inaugurations: [WaPost].
-> And, of course, the story of Mitt Romney hitting Costco is making the rounds. [NYDailyNews]
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