News roundup: Rove to GOP: Stop talk about impeaching Obama
Published: May 24, 2013 06:32AM
Updated: May 24, 2013 06:32AM
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Republican strategist Karl Rove gestures while at a luncheon at the California Republican Party convention, in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2013. Rove told California Republicans to "get off the mat", and to find candidates to reflect the party's diversity. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Rove says to cool it on impeachment talk. Herbert, NSA confident on energy tax carve out. Shurtleff attempted to broke $2 million deal.

Happy Friday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has said that impeaching President Barack Obama over the Benghazi terrorist attacks is a possibility -- though he clarifies that it's not what he's seeking or even what may happen. But Karl Rove has some advice for Chaffetz and a few other Republicans who have uttered the i-word: Cool it!

-> Rove says in an op-ed that Republicans should just be focused on getting the facts out and not to muddy the conversation with the idea of tossing out the president. [TheBlaze] [W$J]

Topping the news: Then-AG Mark Shurtleff attempted to broker a $2 million deal to stop one businessman from his protests against another, recordings show. [Trib]

-> Meanwhile, federal and state investigators have met with a self-described "fixer" and Shurtleff ally in the ongoing probe into possible misconduct in the Utah attorney general's office. [Trib]

-> And in another twist, a man being prosecuted by the AG's office is asking the court to make the AG recuse itself from the case. [Vanocur]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert and National Security Agency officials are confident they can find an agreement so the agency's new Utah Data Center won't face an added electricity tax. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @mayorwinder: "Large scale food fight at West Lake Jr. High cafeteria now under control. Thank you WVCPD for assisting."

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In other news: Sen. John McCain attempts to school Sen. Mike Lee about how business is done in Congress on the floor of the Senate. [TPM]

-> Lee, though, notes that he's tired of the back room deals, pronouncing that: "The way Washington works stinks!" [Examiner]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch wants to hear from any Utahns who might have been wrongly targeted by the IRS and will include it as part of the Senate inquiry into the scandal. [Trib]

-> Utah could save $131 million and cover 123,000 of the state's uninsured residents by fully buying into the Medicaid expansion, a new report shows. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says his new PAC doesn't hint at a 2016 bid but signals an interest in staying relevant in the re-invention of the GOP. [Trib]

-> Once again, a conservative group has named Utah the No. 1 state for business. [UtahPolicy]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss new Utah GOP Party Chairman James Evans and WVC Mayor Mike Winder's decision not to seek re-election. [UtahPolicy]

-> Conservative columnist Rich Lowry says Sen. Orrin Hatch is "play[ing] the rubes" in his support of a comprehensive immigration bill. [NRO]

Nationally: Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says his constituents are telling him they were audited by the IRS because they donated to Mitt Romney. [TheHill]

-> Time magazine has uncovered President Barack Obama's prom picture and the fun detail of what he wrote in a friend's high school yearbook. [Time]

-> The Boy Scouts will now allow gay youths to join the program, though a ban on gay leaders remains. [NBCNews]

-> President Barack Obama set out new rules for the use of drones during a speech Thursday. [WaPost]

Where are they?

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