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Political Cornflakes: A dancing missionary Mitt Romney

Giuliani to Romney: 'Man up.' The Mormon Moment. Huntsman to skip Iowa.

Happy Monday. A (Photoshopped) dancing missionary Mitt Romney graces the cover of Newsweek's coming issue teasing a cover story on "The Mormon Moment." Essentially, add a Broadway play, two Mormons running for president, Twilight, Big Love and Glenn Beck and you've got a Mormon resurgence taking over. [Newsweek] Cover photo: [Politico].

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Today's news: The LDS Church opens its first Russian ward. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Two employees alleged to be involved in the leak of "The List" are scheduled to be in court today. [ABC4]

-> The Clark Planetarium's Scientist, Businessman, Boy: Seth Jarvis. [Trib]

-> A Utah Policy insiders' poll shows that most believe Rep. Jason Chaffetz will oust Sen. Orrin Hatch at convention. [UtahPolicy]

2012 watch: Jon Huntsman Jr. tells the AP his plan for making a splash in the wide-open Republican field. [AP]

-> Robert Gehrke takes a look at Mitt Romney's New Hampshire plan. [Trib]

-> Huntsman says he doesn't plan to campaign for Iowa's GOP nod because he realizes his anti-corn-subsidy belief would make him DOA there. [LATimes]

-> Addressing social conservatives in Washington, Huntsman pitches his pro-life record as Utah governor. [Trib]

-> Ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani says Mitt Romney should "man up" and say he was wrong to sign the Massachusetts health care law with an individual mandate. [UnionLeader]

-> The Christian Science Monitor looks at whether the Mormon faith will be a factor in this presidential election. [CSMonitor]

-> '30 Rock' star Alec Baldwin likes Romney and says he looks like a "ken doll" and has a "Plymouth Rock" last name. [NYDailyNews]

-> Economic worries cold be Romney's "sweet spot" in the coming election. [ABC4]

-> Romney is playing up his humble roots as he introduces himself to voters. [RCP]

-> Romney says climate change -- to some extent -- is man-made. [Reuters]

-> A new poll shows 68 percent of Americans say they could vote for a Mormon for president. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @PubliusDB: "I guess Sean's not keeping his candidacy for AG a secret any more...as if it was before. #utpol http://twitpic.com/56umnh."

Opinion section: Pat Bagley channels Star Wars in taking on Romney. [Trib]

-> The Daily Herald argues that the state's new fourth congressional district should be centered in Utah County. [Herald]

-> Rep. Fred Cox says a little-known measure passed by the Legislature is the key to solving the immigration issue. [Trib]

-> Ex-Sen. Bob Bennett says his wilderness plan is a model for future designations. [DNews]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli offer their take on bumper stickers for Huntsman's campaign. [DNews]

Happy birthday: To The Trib's Glen Warchol, The Washington Post's Felicia Sonmez and belated birthday wishes to Sen. Mike Lee, who celebrated his 40th birthday on Saturday.

Where are they?

  • Sen. Hatch will drop by Sen. Mike Lee's office to wish him a happy birthday.
  • Sen. Lee has no public events.
  • Rep. Jim Matheson tours several unnamed companies in Salt Lake City, according to his office.
  • Rep. Rob Bishop did not release a public schedule.
  • Rep. Chaffetz appears on Fox News at 7:40 a.m. Mountain Time and attends Romney's fund-raiser in NYC.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with the Association of Rural Electric Generative Cooperatives at the Little America Hotel, hits the Clear the Air Challenge Express Event at the Intermodal Hub and hitches a ride on Frontrunner to Ogden. Later, the governor meets with Utah Valley University leaders in his office.
  • AG Mark Shurtleff is in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the Republican Attorneys General summer annual meeting.
  • SL. Co. Mayor Peter Corroon holds a Cabinet meeting, joins Gov. Herbert at the Clear the Air Challenge event and then hits a Civility and Community Summit Workshop at the SLC Main Library.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker also joins the Clear the Air Challenge, meets with Provo Mayor John Curtis, joins a briefing on the Sugar House streetcar and later hits the civility summit workshop as well.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder also hits the Clear the Air Challenge, lunches with Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan and then speaks at the civility summit.
  • President Barack Obama meets with his national security team in the Situation Room and later does interviews with the Hearst D.C. Bureau, WEWS Cleveland and WDIV Detroit.

Weekend in review: The largest-attended Utah Pride Festival celebrates diversity and faith. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Conspiracy theories abound in American politics these days, but as a U. professor points out, they've always been around in some form. [LATimes]

-> Berkeley is now offering a Mormon studies course for credit. [Trib]

-> Chaffetz wants to curb the power wielded by the National Labor Relations Board. [Trib]

-> Believing that residents like their parks and want to see them spruced up, Corroon is pitching a $110 million bond measure to do just that. [Trib]

-> After a visit to Salina's Sufco mine, Herbert says coal is a big part of Utah's future. [Trib]

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-- Thomas Burr

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