News roundup: Ex-presidential candidate Romney skips inauguration
Romney skipped watching inaugural. Obama waves at Utah group. President calls for bold action.
Happy Tuesday. Mitt Romney had hoped to be taking the oath of office yesterday but reportedly, didn't even end up watching it. Not live, and not on TV. A Romney aide said it was "doubtful" the former presidential candidate would watch the inauguration for his ex-rival, President Barack Obama. Romney and wife, Ann, had "no big plans," according to the aide. [NBCNews]
Topping the news: Utah schools are looking at increased security following the shooting in Newtown, Conn. [DNews]
-> Utahns mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with community service and rallies in support for fairness for all. [Trib] [DNews] And Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham says work has been made to reach King's dream, but much more remains. [DNews]
Inaugural coverage: Obama called for change during his inaugural address and asked for cooperation, but also laid out an ambitious agenda on gay marriage, equal rights for women, a pathway for illegal immigrants and more help for the poor. [Trib]
-> Scores of Utahns were in Washington for the inauguration, from high school students to repeat visitors to several serving in America's military. That an other tips, brought to you by The Tribune's Washington bureau. [Trib]
-> A Utah dance group not only performed in the inaugural parade, members got a wave from the president as the danced by. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee says Obama make an eloquent and strong case for his priorities, but getting Congress to act is another story. [Trib]
-> Sen. Harry Reid had an awkward moment trying to nick a pen after a signing ceremony at the Capitol. [ReviewJournal]
-> Obama's inaugural address signaled, in many ways, the return of the liberal. [Politico]
-> Take a look at the inaugural stand and who is sitting where. (For extra points, try to play "Where on the stage is Sen. Mike Lee?" [NYTimes]
Tweet of the day: From @amyewalter: "My son will be 10 y.o when Obama leaves office. He'll never have known a POTUS who isn't African American #perspective"
And from @daveweigel: "After successfully portraying Romney as an out of touch rich guy, Democrats will celebrate by wearing tuxedos and going to a ball."
Happy birthday: To Vice President Joe Biden's spokeswoman, Kendra Barkoff.
In other news: As Utah lawmakers and staff switch to Apple products, questions arise about whether messaging is covered by the state's government records law. [UtahPolicy]
-> Two Utah cities have hit the nation's worst unhealthy air ranking in the last few days. [Trib]
-> A fascinating read: Citizens of a Utah town are taking care of an elderly man who doesn't leave his home and wants to die there. [Trib]
Nationally: British Prince Harry says he killed Taliban fighters during his second tour of Afghanistan. [HuffPost]
-> As Democrats flocked to Washington for the inauguration, Republicans were finding reasons to leave. [NYTimes]
-> The revival of a longtime burned out street in Washington could be thanks to the young folks who moved to Washington with the Obama administration. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz appears on CNN's Starting Point and Bloomberg TV before hitting organizing meetings with the Oversight and Homeland Security committees. Later, Chaffetz talks with LDS Church leaders in town for the inauguration and representatives of the Ute Indian Tribe.
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with the Outdoor Industry Association, sits down with Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and later with Kristen Cox of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a senior staff meeting and later gives his annual State of the City address.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with the U.'s Honor College dean, Sylvia Torti, cuts the ribbon for a new McDonalds and attends the City Council meeting.
President Barack Obama heads to the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral and later hits the Staff Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
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