News roundup: Poll shows most Americans don't trust Obama
Poll: Most Americans don't trust Obama. Felon alleges shakedown by Swallow. Inside the NSA's Utah Data Center.
Happy Monday. With the building angst over domestic spying, President Barack Obama's approval rating fell 8 percent in the last month to 45 percent, the lowest in the last eighteen months. And for the first time in his presidency, Obama faces a country where a majority of residents don't believe he is honest and trustworthy. [CNN]
Topping the news: The imprisoned businessman Marc Sessions Jenson alleges that AG John Swallow offered to back his plan for a $3.4 billion ski and golf resort in exchange for a $1 million membership and a cabin. When he refused, Swallow filed new felony counts against him. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Swallow's lawyers argue that impeachment is unwarranted because the discussion is based on the scandalous allegations of convicted felons. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Utah's House Democrats want to be part of Wednesday's GOP Caucus discussion on impeachment to make sure all voices are heard and not just the majority's. [Trib]
-> The NSA's Utah Data Center will function as the world's largest backup hard-drive, harvesting phone calls, emails and other communications, but the information stored there will not be unique. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @HuntsmanAbby: "Us Huntsman's come in all shapes and smells '@KateBalch2: I didn't know @HuntsmanAbby was available on shelves!!pic.twitter.com/FUpwjPXmHS'"
Happy birthday: To state Rep. Rich Cunningham and BYU political science professor Kelly Patterson.
Opinion Section: Paul Rolly looks at the role Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, plays in the immigration debate, becoming a key advocate of a comprehensive, bipartisan solution. [Trib]
-> Rolly also notes that the Utah Democrats have changed the name of their annual dinner to drop Andrew Jackson from the title. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley's guest cartoonist David Fitzsimmons gives his take on the issue of immigration reform. [Trib] And Bill Day adds his perception of America's fascination with guns. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch points to an argument by Democrats in 2006 not to fill vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals until more pressing openings elsewhere are filled as a good reason not to confirm an Obama pick for the appellate court. [USAToday]
-> A retired Sandy pediatrician and volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby says that Utah needs to shift from heavy reliance on fossil fuels to non-polluting renewable energies to make any impact on the state's air pollution problem. [Trib]
-> A data analyst and engineer thinks that excessive data collection could hinder, not help, in the fight against terrorism because intelligence analysts can't see the wood for the trees. [Trib]
-> Weber County's clerk and auditor extols the virtues of a vote-by-mail system, which will be piloted by Weber County in its June 25 election. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss whether Utahns should be concerned about NSA surveillance or whether it should help them sleep more soundly. [DNews]
-> A former staff member from Sen. Orrin Hatch's office wants Sen. Mike Lee to show more leadership in the immigration reform debate instead of causing delays at every opportunity. [DNews]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says that critics of President Barack Obama's administration need to stick to the facts to make their arguments more reasonable. [DNews]
Weekend in Review: A Salt Lake Tribune analysis shows that while campaigning for his post Swallow accepted $105,000 from companies or individuals who had contravened regulators despite seeking to run the office that would ultimately be responsible for prosecuting them. [Trib]
-> Bryan Schott notes that Swallow's strategy now is to blame the media for the scandal surrounding his office. [UtahPolicy]
-> Utah's "Real Women Run" group held an event Saturday to encourage more women to participate in politics. Among the attendees were Marianne Sorensen and Tara Dunn, two candidates for open seats on the St. George City Council. [Trib]
-> Some fear that Utah will become a haven for cockfighting now neighbor Nevada has tightened up its laws. Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, wants to make cockfighting a felony, but his proposed legislation is opposed by Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden. [Trib]
Nationally: More details have come to light about the ways in which the NSA and the U.S. government gather, process and store metadata and the amount of information that this metadata can reveal. [WaPost]
-> The Guardian's latest blockbuster: Britian's version of the NSA set up faux Internet cafes to capture emails sent by G20 officials when they met in England and also snooped on visitors' Blackberrys and smart phones. [Guardian]
-> Republicans are attempting to pit the two biggest plans for reform by the Obama administration - healthcare and immigration - against each other in an attempt to break apart potential bipartisan coalitions. [WaPost]
-> Four potential 2016 presidential hopefuls have signed legislation that would allow some immigrants in the country illegally to hold driver's licenses. [Politico]
-> Some members of Congress are concerned that the immigration reform bill would be yet another invasion of citizens' privacy. Drivers license photographs and biographical details would be stored on a Homeland Security Department system that employers would be required to log into to verify the legal status of potential employees. [NYTimes] [Newsmax]
-> Obama joins world leaders at the G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland today, where he will face questioning about his stance on Syria, NSA surveillance and his use of drones. [WaPost]
-> Here are six amendments to the immigration reform bill to look out for this week, including those proposed by Sen. Orrin Hatch. [TheHill]
Where are they?
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with senior staff, receives an update on the county's Open Space and Trails Projects and speaks at the Mayor's Education Summit.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker joins a strategic planning conference call with the National League of Cities and attends a University of Utah College of Planning Dean Search Committee meeting.
President Barack Obama and his family fly to Belfast, Northern Ireland where the president first speaks at the Belmont Waterfront before meeting up with British Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the G-8 Summit. He then meets with EU Leaders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The president takes part in the first plenary session at the G-8 Summit before talking to Russia's President Vladimir Putin. In the evening he attends a leaders-only working dinner.
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