Standing ovation for Rand Paul, at Berkeley. AG's Office: Don't talk to reporters. Huntsman buys Fred Thompson's house.
Happy Thursday. Sen. Rand Paul entered what some would say is the lion's den yesterday, speaking at the University of California Berkeley campus -- a hotbed of liberal activism. But the libertarian senator found a receptive audience for his talk about the overreach of U.S. surveillance overreaches. He even got a standing ovation. [DailyCaller]
Topping the news: A revised policy at the AG's office says that employees could be fired for talking to a reporter without permission. [Trib]
-> Former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman bought a house in the Washington suburbs last owned by actor and former presidential candidate Fred Thompson. [Trib]
From: @RalstonReports: "I need a medical marijuana prescription to salve the agony of watching these local officials dither on an issue decided in the year 2000."
-> Rep. Chris Stewart and others seeking his seat also filed their paper work to run. [DNews]
-> Stewart wants to change the way the federal government counts threatened and endangered species. [KUER]
-> BYU's Adam Brown recaps some interesting observations of the Legislature's session: [UtahDataPoints]. Individually: Who missed the most votes: [UtahDataPoints] Who sponsored the most bills: [UtahDataPoints] The closest votes: [UtahDataPoints] How consensus rules the Hill: [UtahDataPoints] And the typical rush at the end: [UtahDataPoints]
-> Former state Rep. Brad Daw, who during the last election was the target of a smear campaign allegedly overseen by former AG John Swallow, will run for his old seat. [KUTV]
-> Republican Bob Fuehr will seek outgoing Rep. Jim Matheson's seat. [DNews]
-> Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder announced he will run for a third term. [DNews]
-> Bryan Schott says lobbyists wield a lot of power on Capitol Hill, citing the example of a transparency bill that died in the last days of the session. [UtahPolicy]
-> Schott also pulls together all the best moments from their lightning round episodes this session. [UtahPolicy]
-> Utah Insurance companies are trying to sign people up for insurance on healthcare.gove before the deadline at the end of March. [Trib]
-> SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams and other mayors from around the county went out with Meals on Wheels. [Trib]
-> A subdivision in the Olympus Cove is trying to get on the National Register of Historic Places and will get a push because Salt Lake County brought back a historic preservation ordinance for unincorporated areas. [Trib]
-> A new archive at the U. seeks to document the lives of women who helped create social and cultural change. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on to value of dog breeds. [Trib]
Nationally: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is not thrilled with the Senate plan to extend federal unemployment insurance. [WaPost]
-> The White House is make a big, last push to get millions of young Americans to buy health insurance through healthcare.gov. [NYTimes]
-> A federal judge called the DOJ's repeated requests for broad searches of people's email accounts "repugnant" to the Constitution. [NYTimes]
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