News roundup: Obama jokes 47% called Romney to apologize
Obama jokes 47 percent called Romney to apologize. Sagebrush Rebellion lives on. Chaffetz debates will.i.am.
Happy Monday. President Barack Obama skewered himself and his political foes at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner this weekend, and saved some especially harsh jabs for the glitchy rollout of the health care exchanges. "In 2008 my slogan was, 'Yes we can.' In 2013, it was control-alt-delete," Obama said, adding that the problems did help create a blockbuster movie: Frozen.
In a bit of self-depricating humor, Obama noted that he had a pretty rough year. "At one point, things got so bad the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize," Obama said. [Reuters] [CBSNews]
Topping the news: Anger against the Bureau of Land Management is spurring acts of civil disobedience in Utah and surrounding states. [Trib] There have been plenty
-> All sides agree: President Barack Obama is likely to name some national monuments in the West before he leaves office. [Trib] Here are twelve places that could get designations. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz debated will.i.am on Meet the Press on Sunday over the role of government. [Mediaite]
Tweet of the day: From @TeaPartyCat: "With ratings declining on Obamacare, it's good to see Fox News picked up Benghazi for another season."
Happy Birthday: To House Majority Leader Brad Dee and state Rep. Marc Roberts.
Congrats: To Justin Wiley and Melissa Galetto on their engagement. Justin, son of Rep. Larry Wiley, D-West Valley City, and Murray City Councilwoman Diane Wiley-Turner, asked for Melissa's hand on Sunday at Ram's Gate Winery in Sonoma, Calif. The tax lawyer extraordinaire said yes. The couple reside in Washington, D.C.
Opinion section: Help Pat Bagley choose Utah's "saints and sinners" that he'll draw on a mural at The Leonardo as the May artist in residence. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly says bonuses handed out for efficiency at the UTA don't necessarily create efficiency. [Trib]
-> Rolly also jokes that Salt Lake residents should be able to vote in other Utah city elections since they're affected by what those politicians do and say. [Trib] And he notes that Gov. Gary Herbert should be careful in wading into the wild horse controversy. [Trib]
-> Newly minted Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon says if the state wants to be in the business of sanctioning marriage that needs to include gay Utahns as well. [Trib]
-> Holly Mullen, executive director of the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City, says the Greek community at the U. is stepping up efforts on rape prevention. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on what Utah would do with wild horses if it took over management from the feds. [Trib]
-> BYU graduate Cassie Southworth says that standardized tests should play a role in college admissions but not be the end-all-be-all decision point. [Trib]
-> Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, warns of the dangers of pesticides and how they can lead to autism in new babies. [Trib]
-> State Sen. Jim Dabakis urges Utahns to help save The Tribune and back an effort to kill the recent deal with the Deseret News. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss racism in America, whether Romney and Jon Huntsman will run again and House Speaker John Boehner. [DNews]
Weekend in review: The White House Correspondents Dinner is a celebrity-filled party but it's also a chance for reporters and politicos to chat. [Trib]
-> Police at the Salt Lake City VA used a "guise" to gain info on a demonstration planned by veterans over a sweat lodge, an email shows. [Trib]
-> A Draft Mitt Romney effort for the 2016 presidential race is launching in Utah, hoping to convince the two-time candidate to make a third bid. [DNews]
-> Utah could spend up to $600,000 fighting to keep a ban on same-sex marriage while small donors are helping to fund the effort to jettison Amendment 3. [Trib]
-> There are several outcomes to the state's fight to keep the gay marriage ban but one thing for sure: there will be plenty of litigation ongoing for a while. [DNews]
-> SL County Mayor Ben McAdams fundraiser brought together a mix of politically left and right, including the Eagle Forum's Gayle Ruzicka who roasted Sen. Jim Dabakis. [Trib]
-> Big tobacco contributes a lot of cash to political candidates, including Utah politicians. [Fox13]
Nationally: The 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi is back and front-and-center in the GOP's messaging. [WaPost]
-> Every year, federal agencies send scores of mandated reports to Congress where they gather dust. Just more of that fun government waste stuff. [WaPost]
-> A Nevada congressman is asking state officials to evict militia members who are protecting rancher Cliven Bundy and worrying residents of the area. [AP]
Where are they?
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends the governor's strategy meeting and then speaks at the Utah Small Business awards luncheon.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker has a scheduling meeting, meets on the budget and attends the Mountain Accord Stakeholder Forum at the SLC Public Library.
President Barack Obama hosts Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh at the White House for bilateral meetings and later holds a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden.
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