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].
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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