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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP file photo/Susan Walsh)
News roundup: Cafe Rio key to D.C. Pioneer Day celebration

Utah's members of Congress celebrate Pioneer Day. Hatch pushes back on "deal" story. Some Olympic records destroyed.

Happy Tuesday and happy Pioneer Day. While Utahns will celebrate with fireworks and parades, some Beehive State ex-pats in the D.C. region will tip their hat to Brigham Young with some tasty treats:

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-> Sen. Mike Lee's office plans a homemade root beer float party. Rep. Jim Matheson hosts a special lunch "featuring everyone's favorite Utah pioneer recipes (think Jell-O salad)." Rep. Jason Chaffetz's staff had planned to pull handcarts to work and sing pioneer songs, but turns out, nobody makes home-made hand carts in the D.C. region, so they've decided to trek out to Falls Church and visit Cafe Rio. The offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Rob Bishop are ordering in lunch ... from Cafe Rio.

Topping the news: Hatch's office is pushing back on that story we highlighted yesterday about the senator saying he's ready to make a deal to get things done with taxes and entitlements. Hatch's office says the story went too far, as some ultra-conservatives may feel betrayed by the idea. [WaPost]

-> Want to check out Mitt Romney's correspondence while he headed the Salt Lake Olympics? Well, too bad. While there are some records available from the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, many were shredded soon after the Games. [Trib] [ABCNews] [BostonGlobe]

-> GOP activist Gregory Peterson is being held on a $750,000 bail for counts of kidnapping and rape but his attorney's want it lowered. [Trib] [DNews]

Tweet of the day: From @RobertGehrke: "Bippy betting? MT @joshjonsmith: 'You can bet your sweet bippy' Hatch willing to compromise now primary's over http://njour.nl/PB3NiK"

Happy anniversary: To my lovely bride, Jenn Burr-Linn, and congratulations on putting up with me for a whole two years.

In other news: Democratic candidate for governor Peter Cooke encourages youth to participate in volunteer services and urges high schools and colleges to take notice and give rewards. [Trib] [KCPW] [DNews]

-> A bill passed by Congress will allow BYU to buy the land that its giant concrete Y is built on. [Trib]

-> Peg McEntee notes that the captains of industry in Utah in 1959 forecasted a much different future in letters unearthed in a time capsule recently. [Trib]

-> A new study by a U. professor shows that the more combat a soldier finds him or herself in, the more likely he or she is to commit suicide. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley imagines where Mitt Romney's dog would ride in the covered wagon days. [Trib]

-> Occupy Salt Lake and other folks have formed a "ALEC welcoming committee" but doesn't plan to exactly roll out the red carpet for the conservative think-tank funded by corporate money. [KUTV]

2012 watch: Mitt Romney continues to play off of President Barack Obama's "you didn't build it" comment with a new slogan: "We did build it." [CNN]

-> A new poll says a majority of Americans are sick of negative campaigning and want the candidates to address the issues. [CNN]

-> Ron Paul is still hesitant to say if he'll endorse Romney, a point that has GOP officials worried that Paul's supporters will nix voting for the presumptive nominee. [Chron]

-> The cast of the HBO show The Wire comes to Obama's aid with their fundraising power. [Politico]

-> Romney doesn't pay too many compliments to the president nowadays, but he says Obama did the right thing in meeting with the shooting victim's families. [CNN]

-> Romney says he'd cut taxes all across the board, but fails to elaborate on what deductions he'd remove in order to make up for lost revenue. [CNN]

-> As Romney prepares to play the statesman in his overseas trip, the Obama camp hits the candidate on the vagueness of his foreign policy plans. [WaPost]

-> Despite questions about Romney's foreign policy, it's hard to debate that the candidate isn't well-traveled. [WaPost]

-> In jest, The Atlantic points out the Top 10 reasons Romney probably isn't releasing his tax forms. [TheAtlantic]

Correction: Jay Seegmiller is the Democratic nominee for the 2nd congressional district. Our apologies for listing him in the wrong race yesterday.

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz conducts a hearing on atrocities at Dawood Hospital in Afghanistan.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert appears at the Days of 47' Parade then speaks at the Union Pacific's 150 anniversary event.
  • AG Mark Shurtleff is in Anaheim for a conference of the Western Attorneys General.
  • SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon heads to the Native American Celebration at Liberty Park.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker also hits the Days of 47' Parade and then speaks at the Union Pacific event.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder rides on the West Valley City float in Days of '47 Parade, then cuts the ribbon at the new Target Super Center.
  • President Barack Obama attends campaign events in Oregon and Washington.

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-- Thomas Burr and Andreas Rivera

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/andreascrivera



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