House: Immigration bill DOA. Hatch, Lee split on vote. The NSA again finds itself in the spotlight.
Happy Friday. While immigration supporters celebrated yesterday's historic vote for comprehensive reform, the end result isn't looking good. Even with 14 Republican senators joining the effort to give a big margin in the upper chamber, folks over in the House are already pronouncing the bill DOA. "Fold it up into a paper airplane and throw it out the window," says one rep. [NRO]
Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch joined 13 other senate Republicans who voted for the immigration reform bill yesterday. Sen. Mike Lee sided with the majority of Republicans in voting against the bill, calling it "big-government dysfunction." [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [ABC4] Nationally: [WaPost] [NYTimes] [Politico]
-> In the first of a series, The Tribune examines the National Security Agency's new foothold in Utah, its massive data center. First up, the agency that's wandered into trouble in the past finds itself again facing public outcry. [Trib] Look for stories Saturday and Sunday, too.
Happy birthday: To Hotline's Quinn McCord and on Sunday to former State Rep. Sheryl Allen and former State Rep. Carl Wimmer.
In other news: Eight Utah environmental groups are requesting an audit of Utah's Division of Water Resources because they believe the agency has been giving the false impression that Utah is running out of water in an attempt to justify expensive water-development projects. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Conservatives no longer see a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as a viable option as there is no chance of raising enough support. Instead, they are focusing on protecting states' rights to determine their own marriage laws. [Trib]
-> Three couples who have filed federal lawsuits claiming that Utah's Amendment 3 banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional have fresh hope that they may be successful after Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings. [Trib] [DNews]
-> In a press conference at the Utah Pride Center on Thursday, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin predicted that same-sex couples would have the right to marry in all 50 states within the next 5 years. [Trib] [Fox13] [DNews]
-> The UTA plans to start using natural gas to fuel its buses in an attempt to save money and help the environment. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses a banned polygamy book, parking tickets, and Utah's best-kept artistic secret. [Trib]
-> The DEA busted a second spice lab in St. George on Thursday, a day after the agency announced they had broken open a huge international spice ring. [Trib]
-> Sally Jewell visits Utah for the first time as Interior Secretary and plans to discuss the value of public lands. [DNews]
-> Eighteen months after his promise to bring 100,000 new jobs to Utah in 1,000 days, Gov. Gary Herbert is optimistic that his goal is within reach. [DNews]
Nationally: Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., has vowed to file a federal marriage amendment to reinstate the Defense of Marriage Act following the Supreme Court's Wednesday rulings. A group of House Republicans have condemned the rulings as harmful to families and children. [WaPost]
-> Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., says that the House won't be working from the Senate's version when it discusses an immigration reform bill, adding that House members want to do it their own way. [Politico]
-> After the Supreme Court's Wednesday rulings for same-sex couples, groups on both sides of the argument see ways to further their cause. [NYTimes]
-> Evidence has come to light that USIS, the contractor that screened NSA leaker Edward Snowden for his top-secret clearance, misled the government about the thoroughness of its background checks. [WaPost]
-> The Ag Department unveiled new school nutrition regulations for snack foods that will replace candy bars and soda with fruit cups and zero-cal flavored water in school vending machines. [TheHill]
-> According to new documents obtained by The Guardian, the Obama administration allowed the NSA to continue a secret program launched by President George W. Bush to collect huge amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans. A senior administration official said that the program ended in 2011. [Guardian] [TheHill]
-> A 13-hour filibuster by Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis stopped the passage of a comprehensive abortion bill that would have forced nearly all of the abortion clinics in the state to close. [Politico] [WaPost] [NYTimes]
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