Clinton to Dems: Don't run away from Obamacare. Owens, Love split over immigration. Matheson returns $150k in donations.
Happy Thursday. Many Democrats are staying away from defending the Affordable Care Act but former President Bill Clintons says those in his party should embrace it. "I think it's a terrible mistake for people who voted for the health care bill to run away from it," Clinton said. "I think it is a colossal error to be afraid to discuss policy with the American people or to think they don't care or to think they can't get it." [ABCNews]
-> Droves of Utahns signed up for health insurance under Obamacare, despite an impasse on Medicaid expansion in the state. [Trib]
-> A debate sponsored by The Tribune and KCPW over the ownership of public lands showed the passion each side brings to the long-simmering divide. [Trib]
-> Now that he's no longer running for re-election, Rep. Jim Matheson has returned about $150,000 in donations from PACs and individuals. [UtahPolicy]
Tweet of the day: From @EricBoehlert: "Has an entire political movement ever tied itself so completely in knots over someone who isn't even running yet?? #Hillary #rove"
-> From @monaeltahawy: "Wow NYT, wow. Firing your first ever woman executive editor because she had the audacity to want equal pay as the men? In 2014?! Wow."
Happy Birthday: To state Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, political consultant and lobbyist LaVarr Webb, and Ann Burr, the lovely mother of The Tribune's Thomas Burr.
In other news: Local climate change advocates argue carbon emissions need to be cut, but political leaders, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, say those efforts may be futile and could hurt the economy. [Trib]
-> Dedication of a veteran's memorial in Kearns on Saturday will kickoff a day of honoring U.S. armed forces. [Trib]
-> A Salt Lake City School Board member contacted the Department of Education because he felt the hiring of principals in the district puts parents on the west side, whose input was not taken into consideration, at a disadvantage. [DNews]
-> West Valley city officials are considering enforcing new housing standards to diversify the exterior of houses in the area. [Trib]
-> The New York Time's Executive Editor Jill Abramson was replaced by the paper's Managing Editor Dean Baquet. Some sources say Abramson asked for equal pay compared to her male counterparts and was fired for doing so. [WSJ] [Politico] [WaPost]
-> Sen. Marco Rubio attempted to explain his previous denial of climate change by saying liberals refute science by advocating for abortion. [Politico]
-> Pentagon officials plan to transfer Pfc. Chelsea Manning, sentenced to 35 years for leaking information through WikiLeaks, so she can receive hormone treatment. [WSJ]
-> Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, said he would consider running for president in 2016, but worries current financial problems in his state will mar his name. [NYTimes]
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