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News roundup: Conservative pundits attack each other over Obamacare strategy

Published September 27, 2013 7:25 am

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GOP senators, pundits fight each other over Obamacare. Swallow hit with subpoenas. Judge Benson talks about time on secret FISA court.

Happy Friday. Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, accused Sens. Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz of grandstanding for delaying a vote on the budget bill till Friday so conservative activists could watch. The latest GOP infighting over the tea party senator's efforts to defund Obamacare. The showdown took place on the Senate floor in plain view. [Trib] [Tenn] [Politico]

Topping the news: Republicans infighting over the best way to attack Obamacare isn't reserved just for senators, conservative pundits have begun to turn on each other in increasingly angry interactions, says columnist Howard Kurtz. [FoxNews]

-> President Barack Obama openly mocked Republicans trying to cut funding to the health care law and accused them of trying to blackmail a president to stop the law. [NYTimes] [WaPost]

-> The House committee investigating AG John Swallow issued two subpoenas demanding records from Swallow and the attorney general's office. The subpoenas are seeking all flights and meals given to Swallow and any personal use of office resources used by him or his family. [Trib] [KUTV] [Fox13] [DNews]

Tweets of the day: From @robertcostaNRO: "Cruz and Lee came out of the chamber together. Lee was more visibly angry with Corker than ice-cold Cruz"

From @SenLeeComs: "Couldn't have been a better example of why we say this isn't the GOP vs Dems, it's the Wash Establishment vs the People"

Happy birthday: To state Sen. Allen Christensen and Wade Garrett, Rep. Chaffetz' Senior Advisor. Liberal commentator JM Bell and former state Sen. Scott Howell celebrate on Saturday.

In other news: U.S. District Court Judge Dee Benson, spoke publicly about his experiences on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for the first time. He defended the court against accusations that it was a rubber stamp and criticized Edward Snowden for stealing documents that have sparked a national debate over surveillance. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> Pat Bagley shares what Utah's four seasons look like now. [Trib]

-> Utah has 622 local governments, up from 588 five years earlier, and ranks 41st in the nation according the U.S. Census Data. [Trib]

-> Peter Clemens, a Democrat, will challenge Rep. Rob Bishop for the state's 1st Congressional seat in the 2014 election. [DNews]

-> The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say its far from making a decision regarding the West Davis Corridor, and are waiting for UDOT to file permits before fully investigating the effects on the environment. [Trib]

-> Blue Castle Holdings lacks sufficient finances and nuclear power can't compete with current energy rates according to an expert who testified at the group's water rights trial. [Trib]

-> Environmental activist Erin Brockovich will be in Salt Lake to headline a rally against the medical-waste incinerator owned by Stericycle. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly notes the convenient leaflet leasing program between Orem City and the University mall, and how Orem is seeking to fine a local business owner for having a banner displaying her business name. [Trib]

-> Bob Bernick reminisces about the Legislature's pre-technology days. [UtahPolicy]

-> Bernick and Bryan Schott talk about Lee's defund Obamacare quest and Gov. Gary Herbert's search for a new lieutenant governor. [UtahPolicy]

Nationally: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll oppose any efforts to repeal the medical device tax that would help fund the Affordable Care Act. Reid said that trying to get of the tax is "stupid" and urged the House to pass a clean spending bill. [USAToday]

-> Far right House Republicans also bucked their party's leadership on Thursday, rejecting a plan to shift the fight over Obamacare to the debt ceiling. [WaPost]

-> Because of a glitch, Obama has delayed enrollment in most small-business health insurance exchanges for one month, the latest PR blow as the administration tries to roll out the complicated new insurance markets under Obamacare. [Politico]

-> Ever ask yourself what the debt ceiling is, or why we have it? This two-minute video can help answer those questions. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Gov. Gary Herbert officiates a wedding, interviews with Sports Travel Magazine and meets with Winston Wilkinson.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends the Economic Development Corporation of Utah annual meeting, and sits down with Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn, Midvale Mayor Joann Seghini and County Councilman Michael Jensen.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder participates in Salt Lake County tourism, recreation, culture and convention advisory Board and attends the groundbreaking for Esperanza Academy.

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Singh of India.

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