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News roundup: DNC head says Dems will run on Obamacare

Published November 11, 2013 7:20 am

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DNC head: Dems will run on Obamacare. House investigators issue subpoenas in Swallow case. Poker firms sought help from Shurtleff, Swallow.

Happy Monday. It's Veterans Day, so please make sure to thank someone who served their country. There are a few events going on this morning to commemorate service members as well: [Trib]. Meanwhile, politics continues:

-> The head of the Democratic National Committee says that despite some rollout problems, the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare is giving Americans new benefits and Democrats will run next year touting its impacts. [Politico]

Topping the news: House investigators have issued nine subpoenas for documents related to the campaign finances of Attorney General John Swallow, including ones targeting his network of consultants and political action committees. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Online poker firms came running to Utah banks as regulators elsewhere started cracking down, and Utah's top law enforcement officials, Swallow and predecessor Mark Shurtleff were largely silent. [Trib]

-> A dozen false alarms at the NSA's Utah Data Center have been reported to the Unified Fire Authority in the last year. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From ‏@RexHuppke: "Republicans want to know why Barack Obama didn't have more security around 60 Minutes when it apologized for its false Benghazi report."

Opinion section: Paul Rolly says the rally held for Sen. Mike Lee was to manufacture a false sense of popularity amongst Utahns. [Trib]

-> Rolly also notes in inquiry into who forged Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham's name electronically has been shut down. [Trib]

-> Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist says that Sen. Mike Lee's recent speech at the Heritage Foundation shows promise for the GOP. [DNews]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss Attorney General John Swallow's missing emails and the important results from last weeks general elections. [DNews]

-> John Florez says that with its divided state, America needs real leadership not brinkmanship. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the America's first football fans. [Trib]

-> Republican George Chapman says that voter turnout that affects elections, not caucuses or direct primaries. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake attorney Zaven A. Sargsian wonders if the government's new laws on crowdfunding protect Utahns for affinity fraud. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett looks at some of last week's election results and what they mean for the future while noting that NJ Gov. Chris Christie is a new GOP figurehead. [DNews]

Weekend in review: Sen. Mike Lee spoke to an Iowa crowd asking his fellow tea partiers to repair the rift in the Republican party, and to figure out what they're for, not just what they're against. [DNews] [Register]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch criticized the very low number of D.C. residents who have signed up for health insurance via healthcare.gov. With such low numbers, Hatch said that it's no wonder the Obama administration didn't want to release how many people signed up for Obamacare. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert praised and honored Robert Redford for his contributions to the state saying it's a better place because he lives here. [DNews] [Politico]

-> Delegates in Sanpete County chose Jon Cox to replace his distant cousin Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox who resigned his House seat to take on the new role. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Herbert gave an execute order asking for state agencies to hire more veterans saying each veteran deserves to have employment opportunities. [DNews]

-> Utahns will get a chance to see the National Capital Christmas Tree as it tours across the nation. [Trib]

Nationally: Bills are often left in limbo as one house of Congress will pass it, but the other will not. This gridlock allows members of Congress to show that they are being productive without a bill ever becoming a law. [WaPost]

-> Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says that he will not back down from blocking President Barack Obama's nominations until attack survivors from Benghazi were allowed to speak to Congress — this despite the fact a core argument he used previously has been proven incorrect. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN]

-> The private sector help that the Obama administration is relying upon to fix the glitches in healthcare.gov is coming from insurance companies. [WaPost]

-> The White House has named Dan Utech to replace Heather Zichal as the top energy and climate advisor to President Barack Obama. [WaPost]

Where are they?

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends various Veterans Day event across West Valley.

President Barack Obama hosts a breakfast to honor veterans and their families and later visits Arlington National Ceremony to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony.

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— Thomas Burr and Jordan Bailey Twitter.com/thomaswburr Twitter.com/thejordanbailey