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| AP file photo The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the appropriate role of religion in government in a case involving prayers at the start of city council meetings.
News roundup: Hatch, Lee at Supreme Court awaiting decision

Health care ruling soon. Lee endorses Hatch. SL Co. mayoral race still on hold.

Happy Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this morning on the Democrats' health care law, also known as Obamacare, and there are several ways the court could go. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee are in the courtroom this morning and please check back at sltrib.com for updates as the day moves forward.

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Topping the news: After Hatch nabs the Republican nomination, Lee offers his endorsement. [Trib]

-> Mark Crockett is confident in his lead in the yet unresolved Salt Lake County GOP mayoral contest. West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder's future depends on 7,900 absentee ballots. [Trib] [DNews] [KCPW]

-> A prominent Utah immigration activist is detained by border patrol for the lack of documents, then released. It's not the first it's happened to him. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: @michaelorton: "What if all the winners in yesterday's primary went about cleaning up ALL the sniped adverts?"

Happy birthday: To National Journal Hotline's Quinn McCord.

Spotted: Flying from Salt Lake to D.C. on a Wednesday morning Delta flight: Hatch, his chief of staff Michael Kennedy and Finance Committee Republican staff director, Chris Campbell. A little birdie tell us they all looked serious -- no alcohol-free champagne or other celebration for this trio.

In other news: Sen. Lee is willing to end his protest of President Barack Obama's judicial appointees. It's on the condition that the Senate delays the confirmation of certain judges, which Republican are asking for anyway. [Trib]

-> Move to Amend, a group seeking to remove corporate money from politics, wants Utah to change its laws so their ballot initiative can make its way to the voting booth in November. [Trib]

-> Merrill Cook, anti-illegal immigration advocate, says ballot petition laws don't give petitioners enough time to get signatures to make it onto the ballot. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Hatch's Democratic opponent, Scott Howell wants to show Utahns the side of Hatch that is answerable to special interest groups and their campaign contributions. [Trib] [KUER]

-> The former Cedar Hills mayor is charged with deceiving banks. [DNews]

-> The head of the Utah GOP is disappointed in the attorney general's race and says negative campaigning makes it hard to be proud to vote. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley's take on the GOP throwing money onto their Latino problem. [Trib]

2012 watch: The Obama camp will continue using Bain and outsourcing to not only attack Romney but shift his likely running mate. [TheHill]

-> If Obamacare is overturned, the pride and mainstay of the president's first-term, will he keep his cool like always? [NYTimes]

-> Continuing to mock Obama on his immigration policy, Romney avoids saying what he would do. [WaPost]

-> Romney has lots to say about the health care decision, but Obama has been quiet thus far. [LATimes]

-> CNN Money lists the top ten donors to Super PACs. Most are conservatives, corporate leaders and venture capitalists. [CNN]

-> Romney wows his die-hard fans by giving one a truck. [CNN]

-> Three battleground states that Obama won in 2008 still lean his way. [CNN]

-> Romney has an array of foreign policy experts on his team, but many with clashing ideologies, a trend that has haunted recent GOP Presidents. [Reuters]

-> The Washington Post refuses to retract an article on Romney's time at Bain, linking it to outsourcing jobs. Romney's team calls it unfair. [TheHill]

-> Sen. Rob Portman touts Romney more, saying he would put the hammer down on international trade especially China. [Reuters]

-> Follow along with the Supreme Court's health care action today with tens of thousands of others. [SCOTUSBlog]

Where are they?

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch heads to the Supreme Court today for the Health Care ruling at the invitation of Chief Justice John Roberts.
  • Rep. Rob Bishop attends the National Parks, Forests, Public Lands subcommittee hearing and speaks at a Rules Committee working group with Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon.
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz appears on C-SPAN Washington Journal, conducts an Oversight subcommittee hearing on Iraq and testifys on "Y" Mountain land bill.
  • Lt. Gov. Greg Bell visits the Navajo Monument Valley Chapter.
  • AG Mark Shurtleff is in Nashville to attend a Jason Foundation board meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon delivers remarks at the Visit Salt Lake board of trustees meeting, then travels to southern Utah for the Utah Association of Counties.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker speaks on a policy consensus initiative conference call, delivers remarks at a SLC Woman's Forum meeting, Salt Lake Valley Conference of mayors meeting, the Utah Performing Arts Center meeting, and the Committee on Homelessness meeting.
  • WVC Mike Winder conducts the Salt Lake Valley Conference of mayors meeting.
  • President Barack Obama travels to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda to make statement on the outcome of the Supreme Court's health care ruling.

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-- Thomas Burr and Andreas Rivera

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/andreascrivera



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