News roundup: Christie does what Obama couldn't, wins Teddy bear
LDS Church blames Obamacare for cutting hours at DI. Did Holder lie under oath? Christie wins Obama a stuffed teddy bear.
Happy Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee wants to know if Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath about his involvement in government surveillance of journalists after reports surfaced that he signed off on an unprecedented probe of a Fox News reporter. [CBSNews]
Topping the news: Mormon-owned Deseret Industries cuts its workers hours to avoid having to offer health insurance under Obamacare. [Trib]
-> President George W. Bush is in Salt Lake today, providing the keynote speech at a Zions Bank-sponsored trade conference. His remarks, expected to be on world affairs, are the only part of the event closed to the press. [Trib]
-> President Barack Obama buddied up with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, to tout the rebuilt Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. And Christie even won the president a stuffed bear at a carnival game. The president... he, didn't fare as well at the football toss. [Time] [TheRecord] [NYTimes]
Tweet of the day: From @pkcapitol: "Saxby got a hole-in-1 playing golf with POTUS. Christie won football toss. Idea: next Republican hanging with Obama should buy Powerball tix"
Happy birthday: to state Rep. Brian Greene, former state Rep. Jay Seegmiller and Sandy-resident Beverly Peacock.
In other news: Clark Aposhian, an outspoken advocate for gun rights, gets arrested for allegedly threatening a couple. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> A Green Tea company touted by former AG Mark Shurtleff gets fined by state regulators. [Trib]
-> Congressional candidate Mia Love weighed in on the scandal involving AG John Swallow saying: "You're supposed to be there to serve the people of the state, not your own interests." [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the Guantanamo Bay problem facing President Barack Obama. [Trib]
-> Sombrero-wearing Rep. Chris Stewart tells elementary school students that he has concerns about the Common Core standards, but believes Congress can strike a deal on the budget next year. [DNews]
-> Environmental groups are frustrated that a dispute between federal and state officials have held up basic permits for the refineries on the Salt Lake County and Davis County lines. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City's proposed budget includes money for a cycle track network, which pleases bicycle enthusiasts. [Trib]
-> An analysis of political scorecards shows that Utah's Legislature took a move toward moderation this year. [Trib]
-> Those who participated in the SNAP challenge, including a state lawmaker and the head of a state agency, called it humbling to eat on only $4 a day. [Trib]
-> Democrats pulled an amendment that would benefit same-sex couples before passing immigration reform within the Senate Judiciary Committee, but activists are not giving up on the topic yet. It's a topic that gay Latinos find riveting. [Trib]
-> A major arts philanthropist, credited with getting the Legislature to pass a four-year arts initiative for elementary schools, dies. Beverley Taylor Sorenson was 89. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [Fox13]
-> Tensions exist between school districts that have different ethnic and socioeconomic breakdowns. [UtahPolicy]
-> The University of Utah Hospital is expanding its emergency room, adding 16 beds in preparation for an expanded pool of patients due to federal health reform [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly reports on good deeds, including a visiting athlete saving a man who was drowning. [Trib]
-> West Valley Councilman Don Christensen announces he'll run for mayor. [Trib] [DNews]
Nationally: Obama is going to try to radically change the balance on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, known as the breeding ground of Supreme Court justices, by nominating people to fill three open slots. [WaPost]
-> A Supreme Court decision blocks Indiana from stopping Medicaid money from going to Planned Parenthood clinics that perform abortions. [LATimes]
-> A small group of conservative House members could be the next Darrell Issa, the main Republican investigating the Obama administration. One of them is Rep. Jason Chaffetz. [Politico]
-> Rep. Michele Bachmann, a former Republican presidential contender, announces she won't run for reelection in her Minnesota district. [APviaUSAToday]
Where are they?
Sen. Orrin Hatch introduces former President George W. Bush at the Zions Bank Trade and Business Conference.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks at the sixth-grade graduation at Westfield Elementary and visits with the editorial boards of newspapers in the state before hitting an evening fundraiser.
Gov. Gary Herbert speaks with the executive director of the Western Governors Association, visits with the Sutherland Institute's Paul Mero and Stan Rasmussen, goes to the 2013 Trade and Business Conference and then hosts a reception for business leaders at the Governor's Mansion.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with his transportation director, holds a National Community Action Month press conference, and goes to a meeting about the new performing arts center.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the Zions Bank conference.
President Barack Obama travels to Chicago and attends two fundraisers for House Democrats.
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