Herbert's Cabinet sees turnover. Unused funds funneled to state road projects. Josie Valdez elected Utah Dems' vice chairwoman.
Happy Monday. CNN's Anderson Cooper goes after Sen. Mike Lee on his opposition to a U.N. treaty in rights of disabled people, with Cooper demanding to know what other U.N. treaties have changed U.S. law and Lee getting visibly upset at the line of questioning. [Mediaite]
Topping the news: President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met face-to-face Sunday in the latest fiscal cliff negotiations. It was the first time the pair met one-on-one since July 2011. [NYTimes] [WaPost]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert's 22-person cabinet will see a lot of turnover in the next few months. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
-> Tribune managing editor Terry Orme lauds the paper's Washington bureau for keeping readers updated on what they need to know about the fiscal cliff. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @BuzzFeedAndrew: "Mitt Romney's face when Manny Pacquiao got knocked out. via @lesamoursmusic pic.twitter.com/9poq0CzR"
Opinion section: Bruce Willden, a military retiree from Garden City, suggests that a Utah lottery would, heaven forbid, provide much needed revenue for the state's education fund. [Trib]
-> Medicare, as is, is an ineffective system in need of reformed reimbursement practices, according to a class of doctoral nursing students at the University of Utah. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says it would be wise of Boehner to stop fighting Obama over the tax-the-rich issue and move on to entitlement reform. [DNews]
-> Paul Rolly weighs in on military discrimination, troublesome ID acquisition and stolen signs. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb offer some political morsels for your holiday enjoyment. [DNews]
-> Rolly tells Sen. Orrin Hatch that he is disappointed with his tea party-esque movements. [Trib]
-> George Pyle: Mike Lee, you're no Bob Dole. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers you a sampling of Utah's potential 2026 Olympic pins. [Trib]
Weekend in review: Utahns react to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review California's banned same-sex marriage amendment. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> Dixie State College is weighing whether to distance itself from the Dixie label, which some fear ties the school to the Deep South, slavery and racial segregation. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz finds a replacement for his former district director who left to work for Congressman-elect Chris Stewart. [Trib]
-> Over $20 million of unused state funds will be directed to road resurfacing projects state-wide. [Trib]
-> Josie Valdez will serve as the Utah Democratic Party's vice chairwoman. [Trib]
-> In the last three years of Interstate I-15 construction through Utah County, minor accidents increased while major accidents decreased. [Trib]
-> Stewart used campaign contributions to repay a $65,000 loan he personally made to his campaign. [Trib]
-> Campaign money raised by Rep. Jim Matheson and GOP challenger Mia Love closely mirror the end result: a slight tip of the scale in Matheson's favor. [Trib]
National news: In a weird clash of worlds, Mitt Romney meets Many Pacquiao right before his big fight. [WaPost]
-> And Saturday Night Live poked fun at both Obama and Boehner. [CNN]
-> Sen. Bob Corker is the latest Republican to suggest that Congress may end up agreeing to raising tax rates on the wealthy. [FoxNews] [WaPost]
-> Romney's '47 percent' remark named quote of the year. [APviaTrib]
-> Obama's campaign outspent Romney's in the waning days of the campaign by some $71 million. [Politico]
Where are they?
Utah Governor Gary Herbert attends the Annual Wreaths Across America event at the Utah Capitol, hosts a budget discussion and later meets with Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon hosts a Cabinet meeting.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker holds a senior staff meeting and performing arts center meeting and heads to a Human Rights Day celebration in the evening.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with Sen. Karen Mayne and attends WVC Historical Society meeting.
President Barack Obama travels to Michigan and tours the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant and then delivers remarks to workers.
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