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News roundup: No joke: Tea party sprouts in France

Published April 1, 2014 7:22 am

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No joke: France tea party starts up. Panel to hear gay marriage case 'slightly conservative.' Glitches sparked conspiracy theories for GOP delegates.

Happy Tuesday and April Fool's Day. The tea party movement that captivated America — and brought at least some change to Washington — has spread to France. This is not an April Fool's Day joke. Social conservatives are upset with French President Françios Hollande — who is a Socialist — over issues like gay marriage and economic woes. The tea party-like movement even has its own "birther" concern: rumors that Hollande has renounced Christianity. [WaPost]

Topping the news: The three-judge panel on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing the challenge to Utah's Amendment 3 is considered "slightly" conservative, according to one court observer. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> Software glitches and improperly entered data led to hundreds of Republican delegates not appearing on official lists and prompted quite a few conspiracy theories. [Trib]

-> The pioneer of low-level radioactive waste disposal, Khosrow Semnani, is turning his sights on a new venture: revitalizing Salt Lake City's Trolley Square. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From: @ItsFischy: "Obama's traffic problems > Christie's traffic problems."

From @Swishergirl24: "I just went to the Obamacare website and it's just a picture of the food pyramid."

Happy Birthday: To former state Sen. Chris Buttars, Sen. Orrin Hatch's Communications Director Matt Harakal and friend of Cornflakes Mimi Andrews.

In other news: State school board member Jennifer Johnson dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination for Utah's 4th Congressional District. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert has signed 111 more bills into law, including the so-called anti-revenge porn measure. [Trib]

-> Move over BuzzFeed, Pat Bagley has a "What cartoon meme are you?" quiz. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City is looking for public comments on a report painting a bleak portrait of the future of the city's public golf courses. [Trib]

Nationally: A Senate committee report says the CIA misled the government and the public for years about parts of its interrogation program. [WaPost]

-> Healthcare.gov opened three hours late and crashed for around an hour and a half at noon because of the number of people trying to sign up before the deadline. [WaPost] [ABC4]

-> Bars and restaurants are now on the frontlines of hot social issues. [NYTimes]

-> The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., announced he will retire at the end of his term. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with management team at Cafe Rio, returns to Washington and meets with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

Rep. Chris Stewart flies to Washington, holds a staff meeting and votes.

Gov. Gary Herbert has a final review for the Mexico Trade Mission, a photo shoot, bill reviews and meets with Derek Miller and Marty Carpenter.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams has lunch with the Department of Education's Libby Doggett; Karen Crompton of Voices for Utah Children and Bill Crim from the United Way of Salt Lake, and later hits the Early Education and Technology for Children Conference.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a communications planning session, budget meetings, a Homeless Solutions retreat, and City Council sessions.

President Barack Obama honors the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, has lunch with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and meets with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

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— Thomas Burr and Topher Webb Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/topherjwebb