News roundup: Ted Cruz now a child's coloring book character
New Shurtleff emails show questionable conduct. Mitt the documentary coming to Sundance. World leaders flock to Mandela's memorial service.
Happy Tuesday. The Really Big Coloring Book Company has a stocking stuffer for conservative parents out there. A coloring book featuring Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, including pages where you can see the close ally of Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, hunting and another with him opposing Obamacare. The company has previously made politically themed coloring books featuring the tea party and President Barack Obama among others. [USAToday]
Topping the news: Newly released emails show just how involved former AG Mark Shurtleff was in the case involving Marc Sessions Jenson, a key player in the scandal that brought down John Swallow. [Trib]
-> "Mitt," a 2014 documentary about Mitt Romney's failed quest for the White House will appear at Sundance and will soon be available to stream on Netflix. [Trib] [Politico] [CNN]
-> World leaders including President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say goodbye to Nelson Mandela. [WaPost] [Politico] [NYTimes]
Tweet of the day: From @DonovanSlack: "Not exactly traveling together on Air Force One: Obamas in his cabin, Bushes in the medical office, Hillary Clinton in senior staff cabin"
From @JeffZeleny: "As Obama arrives on stage at Mandela's service, he shook hands with Raul Castro. Cue the criticism, but would have been hard to ignore him."
In other news: The LDS Church released a new essay that says racism fueled the faith's previous ban on allowing black men from joining the priesthood and there is no defense of that old prohibition that ended in 1978. [Trib]
-> UTA and the Salt Lake City Council are proud of the accomplishments over the past year, but are looking to expand projects even further so mass transit is available throughout the city. [DNews]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert's goal is to get 66 percent of Utahns to have a college degree or certificate by 2020. [KUTV]
-> Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt stressed the importance of building allies in today's political atmosphere, and said that the politics of the past will no longer work. [DNews]
-> Utah will receive $8.5 million from drug giant GlaxoSmithKline for defrauding the Medicare system with false advertising of the drug Avandia. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on what is really exceptional about Americans. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly writes that Overstock.com might have helped convince Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee to oppose the Senate's Marketplace Fairness Act. [Trib]
-> Catch the Trib Talk debate about performance pay in Utah's public schools. [Trib]
Nationally: Congress is nearing deals on a defense policy bill and budget agreement that would increase pay to military service members including combat pay, limit the White House's authority for transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees and assist the efforts to destroy Syria's chemical weapon stockpile. [WaPost] [CNN] [NYTimes]
-> Congress approved a 10-year extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act to prepare America for an era when 3-D printers are able to construct firearms entirely of plastic, save for a metal firing pin. [Politico] [CNN]
-> The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case questioning whether the EPA can require states to cut smog and soot that travels from power plants across state lines. [WaPost]
-> Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that Iran offered the Bush administration a deal in regards to its nuclear program, but fact checkers show that it's not true. [WaPost]
-> The United States lost $10 billion in its bailout of General Motors, which is now making big profits. [APviaTrib]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert attends an energy task force meeting, flies to Las Vegas and participates in Western Governor's Association functions.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends the County Council meeting, the County Council Hearing and the Salt Lake County Budget Hearing.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the first meeting of President Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Meeting, discussing climate change and its impact on natural disasters.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder proclaims "Hank Price Day" and conducts city council meeting.
President Barack Obama speaks at the National Memorial Service for Former South African President Nelson Mandela.
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