News roundup: GOP chief to 'tattoo Obamacare' on vulnerable Dems
Published: November 22, 2013 06:08AM
Updated: November 22, 2013 06:08AM

GOP chief: We'll 'tattoo Obamacare' on Dems next year. Swallow resigns defiantly. Recapping the 11 months of scandal.

Happy Friday. It's been 50 years since the shots rang out in Dallas and President John Fitzgerald Kennedy lay dead. A few tributes to the fallen president: [WaPost] [FoxNews] [NPR].

-> Back to the news: The head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, says the party plans to "tattoo Obamacare" on the foreheads of vulnerable Democrats next year as they try to squirm their way out of the problems surrounding the health care law. Priebus says if Dems want to run on their record, that'll include the disastrous rollout and impacts of the law. [WaTimes]

Topping the news: After a defiant 11 months in office, Attorney General John Swallow has resigned, saying that the multiple investigations on him have taken a personal and financial toll on his family that was too much. Swallow defended his innocence throughout a news conference Thursday and said he'll remain in office until Dec. 3. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [UtahPolicy] [Fox13] [ABC4] [NYTimes]

-> Attorneys in the AG's office are hoping work can get back to normal soon. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Swallow and his claim of innocence. [Trib]

-> Here's a timeline of the Swallow controversy. [DNews]

-> Attorney General John Swallow joins the list of Utah politicians surrounded with scandal and controversy. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @AdamTheFishGuy: "John Swallow's upcoming children's book: 'The Little Chicken Was Pecked To Death By A Media Conspiracy.'"

From @MarkKnoller: "Legislative mushroom cloud over the Capitol. Senate Dems invoke 'nuclear option' to change filibuster rules on most pres nominations."

From @GuyEndoreKaiser: "I'm OUTRAGED that a simple majority of elected officials can decide things now. I thought we lived in a damn democracy."

Happy birthday: On Sunday to Randy O'Hara.

In other news: Full expansion of Utah's Medicaid as designed by the Affordable Care Act is off the table as lawmakers have narrowed it down to three options with Gov. Gary Herbert making the final call. [Trib]

-> House Republicans want the federal government to refund money to states like Utah who paid to re-open national parks during the shutdown. They also want to create a way for states to temporarily step in should another shutdown occur. [Trib]

-> Many Utahns haven't lost their health insurance because of the state's early renewal policy, but even then might be better for some residents to lose their insurance plans and receive subsidies. [Trib]

-> Utahns who bike to work increased by 65 percent from 2005 to 2012, putting Utah in the top 10 in the nation for bicycling commuters. [Trib]

-> The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is seeking the public's help to stop the hawk-killing spree happening in Cache Valley. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses how Jon Huntsman Sr. and his wife, Karen, made it into Forbes Magazine's list of the top 50 most generous philanthropists in 2012 donating $76.8 million. The Huntsmans are in the top 10 when it comes to lifetime donations totalling $1.3 billion. [Trib]

-> Utah may move to expand benefits for veterans who were generally discharged from the military and not just for those who were honorably discharged. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake County Public Works would like to remind residents to move their parked cars off the street before and during a snowstorm to allow for snow removal. [Trib]

Nationally: Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee joined fellow Republicans who are outraged that the Senate went "nuclear" to change the filibuster rules so that executive and judicial nominees only need a majority vote for confirmation. [Trib] [USAToday] [BuzzFeed] [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN] [NYTimes]

-> The Department of Health and Human Services plans to delay the 2015 enrollment deadline for Obamacare by one month to allow insurance companies more time to set rates after assessing experiences in 2014. [Politico]

-> Homelessness among veterans has dropped 24 percent since 2010, according to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. [WaPost]

Where are they?

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-- Thomas Burr and Jordan Bailey