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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
News roundup: Romney: GOP primaries allowed liberals to beat the 'heck out of us'

Obama visits Burma. Utah redistricting documents published. Herbert health care deadline extended.

Happy Monday. On the same call where Mitt Romney blamed his loss to President Barack Obama on "gifts" the incumbent was handing out, Romney also said fault also lies with the biased news networks and the GOP needs to choose more carefully when it hosts debates in the primary season:

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-> "I mean we're gonna try and guide this process so that it's designed to showcase the best of our people as opposed to showcasing liberals beating the heck out of us," Romney said. [HuffPost]

Topping the news: With some political races hanging in the balance, this week marks the final push to count all the ballots and canvas final results. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert now has until Dec. 14 to decide whether or not to run a federal health insurance exchange. [DNews]

-> Jon Huntsman Sr. says Romney needs to go hide for a few months and let the GOP catch its breath. [Fox13]

-> The Tribune's 2012 pollster, Mason Dixon, named to the top most gloriously awful polls of the cycle. [DailyKos]

Tweets of the day: From @NancyPelosi: "Sending along birthday well wishes to my colleague @SpeakerBoehner. Don't let anyone tell you you're too old. :)"

From @BuzzFeedAndrew: "Love this German newspaper today trying to figure out the Petraeus scandal. pic.twitter.com/GIpqZuvY"

Opinion section: SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon explains his proposal of a countywide tax increase. [Trib]

-> George Pyle weighs in on Romney's struggle with class warfare. [Trib]

-> Peg McEntee hopes for a day when the president designates the the Greater Canyonlands National Monument with the flick of a pen. [Trib]

-> Rod Betit of the Utah Hospital Association clarifies the association's nonendorsement of the Medicaid expansion. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the future of the Republican Party and all the finger-pointing out there now. [DNews]

-> Paul Rolly weighs in on a tea party member's LDS Church intrusion, Donna McAleer's attempt to concede and a woman whose charitable act was discouraged. [Trib]

-> Rolly also discusses conservative Utah's progressive immigration work, a foundation that may serve as a model for Republican leaders. [Trib]

Weekend catchup: Thousands of pages of documents regarding the state's controversial redistricting process have been published online. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> Utah's immigration court has cases already pushed back into 2014, the result of a one-man court in desperate need of a second judge. [Trib]

-> Utah ranks fourth among the states for sending the most racist tweets after Obama's re-election. [Trib]

-> Mormons for Obama director Robert Taber thanks the Democratic National Committee and the Obama for America campaign for steering clear of religious attacks. [MormonsforObama]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch says otherwise, insisting there were attacks on Romney's Mormon faith: "There was a lot more than you think. If you didn't see it, there's something wrong." [Trib]

Nationally: Former GOP vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, brings his expertise to fiscal cliff discussions per Speaker John Boehner's request. [NYTimes]

-> President Barack Obama defended his trip to Burma, a first time trip for a U.S. president to the isolated Southeast Asian country, citing it as acknowledgment of their progress, not an "endorsement" of where they are now. [WaPost] [Politico] [USAToday]

Where are they?

  • SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon holds a Cabinet meeting before a Giving Tree Aging Services media event.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the Native American Heritage Month Proclamation Signing.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the annual Police Awards Banquet and the Western Growth Coalition meeting.
  • President Barack Obama is in Burma.

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-- Thomas Burr and Betsy Blanchard

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/betsyblanchard



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