News roundup: Ann Coulter says shutdown was 'magnificent'
Published: October 22, 2013 05:49AM
Updated: October 22, 2013 06:51AM

Coulter: Shutdown was 'magnificent.' Dougal refuses state-paid car. Utah's members of Congress still donating shutdown pay.

Happy Tuesday. Author and conservative commentator Ann Coulter praised Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for pushing the country into the nation's first government closure in some 17 years, calling the shutdown "magnificent." "This is why I think the shutdown was so magnificent, run beautifully," Coulter told Fox News's Sean Hannity. Coulter says the shutdown proved why the country needs to elect more Republicans like Cruz and Lee. [Politico]

Topping the news: The Herald's Billy Hesterman takes a look at the taxpayer-funded vehicles Utah leaders are driving (or being driven in) and notes that State Auditor John Dougal has refused to take a state car. [Herald]

-> Utah's federal lawmakers are following through with their promises of donating their paychecks to charities because of the shutdown but their mum about how much and where they're sending the cash. [Trib]

-> The Utah Republican Party will hold a special caucus Nov. 7 to replace Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's vacant House District 58 seat. [Trib]

-> The Tribune has sold its share in the joint printing facilities to the Deseret News and renegotiated its operating agreement. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald]

Tweet of the day: From @ChrisRRegan: "Facebook was down for a few hours. I am now politically rudderless!"

From @FredPiccoloJr: "Hello, thank you for calling tech support, this is Barack, can I help you?"

Tune in: The Tribune's TribTalk today at 12:15 p.m. Mountain Time will look at the outrage over the toppling of a 200-million-year-old rock formation in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park. Utah state parks director Fred Hayes, Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks's Joette Langianese and Tribune justice editor Sheena McFarland join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about vandalism in protected lands. You can join the discussion by sending questions and comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+ and as always, find more information at

In other news: Gov. Gary Herbert's office is still trying to figure out if Utah will get back the $1.7 million given to the Interior to open Utah's national parks. [DNews]

-> Salt Lake City Council's District 1 will see a fresh face after Carlton Christensen is stepping down after 16 years of service. One candidate wants to run the city like a business, and the other says the city's outreach can't be measured in profit and loss measures. [Trib]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli give their review of whether the government shutdown helped or hurt Utah lawmakers. [DNews]

-> Utah lawmakers are considering changing the ability to submit boxcar bills -- those with only a title but no text -- to allow only House and Senate leaders to propose them. [UtahPolicy]

-> Utah is defending its position supporting traditional marriage, while gay and lesbian couples want U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby to bar the state's "marriage discrimination" law. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on Obamacare vs. the Republicans' plan. [Trib]

-> The Utah woman who discovered an original draft of the Constitution is now helping other countries write their own. [DNews]

Nationally: President Barack Obama addressed the nation's concerns about the website saying the problems facing the website will be fixed quickly. Before the website was set launch, tests were run to see how many users the server could handle, it crashed with only a few hundred users. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN] [NYTimes]

-> Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is pushing a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would limit Congress from making laws that aren't applicable to both citizens and lawmakers. [Politico]

-> Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before a congressional panel about the glitches and problems facing the website [WaPost] [Politico]

-> A CNN/ORC poll shows that over 60 percent of Americans would like to see House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, replaced. [CNN]

-> Federal workers are set to receive a 1 percent pay raise in January. Members of Congress are excluded from the boost, but top-level political appointees will get it. [WaPost]

Where are they?

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-- Thomas Burr and Jordan Bailey