Obama, Republicans in tax crisis gridlock. Utah Republicans loyal to Grover Norquist. Former President George H.W. Bush. hospitalized.
Happy Friday. It's a case of the disappearing report. An email exchange between staffers for Sen. Orrin Hatch and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service might provide clues to why a CRS study about tax cuts for the wealthy and economic growth was pulled down from its website two weeks after its posting, reports Roll Call.
-> Hatch's chief economist wrote, in part, that Hatch, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, was "not entirely comfortable" with the report because of what he said were questionable methodologies and "tendencies toward particular theoretical and empirical results." [RollCall]
Topping the news: Neither President Barack Obama or Republicans will budge on their position regarding raising taxes on the wealthy. Surprise, surprise. [LATimes]
Utah's Republicans in Congress stay they're sticking with their signed commitment to Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge. [Trib]
-> In a related note, the Secret Service arrested a man who tried to halt Romney's SUV from entering the White House grounds on Thursday. [APviaHuffPost]
Tweets of the day: From @PoliticoRoger: "I think I just fell off the fiscal cliff: I paid $2.25 for a tiny Snickers bar in hotel gift shop."
Happy birthday: To Kallie Clark and Robert Resendes on Saturday, and belated birthday wishes to Eric Ethington.
In other news: Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen was upset by GOP claims that they weren't allowed proper scrutiny of disqualified ballots, saying that "it was disingenuous for that to be said after the fact." [DNews]
-> Paul Rolly weighs in on a soldier's Utah I.D. struggles, praying Democrats and IRS-credited bladder issues. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on Republican concern with the Benghazi attack. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the race to replace state Sen. Ben McAdams, the state's budget picture and ex-Gov. Jon Huntsman joining No Labels. [UtahPolicy]
-> Students from Salt Lake City's Woodrow Wilson Elementary helped decorate the Utah Governor's Mansion for the holidays. [Fox13]
Nationally: Former President H.W. Bush has been hospitalized for nearly a week for treatment of recurring bronchitis-related complications, but a doctor treating Bush says it isn't a life-threatening situation. [FoxNews]
-> Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus writes to a friend: "Team Petraeus will survive though [I] have created enormous difficulty for us. Holly is, however, once again demonstrating how incredibly fortunate I was to marry her." [WaPost]
-> Vice President Joe Biden helped open Washington's first Costco on Thursday. [WaPost]
-> Obama has a newly-discovered species of fish names after him -- similar to that of former Vice President Al Gore and ex-President Bill Clinton, too. [BuzzFeed]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Betsy Blanchard
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