Obama: No immediate debt crisis. '47 percent' filmer talks. House passes abortion stats bill.
Happy Wednesday. President Barack Obama sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos in a wide-ranging interview that touches on the possibility of a grand-bargain, North Korea as well as facing the GOP over its terms. Obama says in the interview that "we don't have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next ten years, it's gonna be in a sustainable place."
-> More Obama: "Ultimately, it may be that- the differences are just- too wide. It may be that ideologically, if their position is, 'We can't do any revenue,' or, 'We can only do revenue if we gut Medicare or gut Social Security or gut Medicaid,' if that's the position, then we're probably not gonna be able to get a deal." Transcript: [ABCNews]
Topping the news: The man who filmed Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent" video says he couldn't sleep after seeing the candidate talk like he did. [HuffPost]
-> Senate lawmakers gave a preliminary nod to a bill that allows gun owners to concealed carry without a permit over the opposition from parents and Gov. Gary Herbert. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @gopTODD: "Just to be clear, any white smoke coming from the #utsen means the #utleg is on fire. Call 9-1-1."
Happy birthday: To ARUP Laboratories' Jeff Robinson.
In other news: Senate Republicans are concerned about Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell's involvement with an environmental activism group that has sued the government on multiple occasions to shut down drilling and mining operations. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly blasted the Eagle Forum's Gayle Ruzicka over her influence in the death of an adoption reform bill. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley takes on the Paul Ryan budget. [Trib]
Heard on the Hill: "I have a baseball bat by my bed. I think that's more efficient, frankly." - Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, on HB76, allowing Utahns to carry a concealed gun without a permit.
"I've got boring down pretty well." --House Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Ogden.
"That's what your wife says." -- House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo.
From the Hill: Here's your daily legislative schedule. [Trib]
-> Supporters of a state-wide LGBT non-discrimination measure are hitting the Hill this week, saying they'll try again next year to pass the bill. The legislation was passed by a Senate committee but died earlier in the week. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Senate lawmakers met in a closed caucus to discuss shutting down a measure that would ban the state from accepting a Medicaid expansion to some 130,000 Utahns. Sen. Todd Weiler even drafted an amendment that would allow the state to accept the expansion after the Department of Health completes a study. [Trib]
-> Forty-six lawmakers reached across the aisle to sign on as co-sponsors of a bill that would require schools to notify parents of bullying incidents and suicide threats. [DNews]
-> Victims of domestic violence in relationships could soon get protective orders against their attackers, thanks to a bill that is on its way to Gov. Herbert's desk after passing the Senate. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The House passed a bill that would require a transparency task force to create a one-stop system for accessing public records. [Herald]
-> Bryan Schott says Utah can't wait any longer to move the prison and needs to act. [UtahPolicy]
-> Drivers of clean-fuel vehicles, like natural gas vehicles or hybrids, could soon see a tax credit, thanks to a new bill that passed the Senate. [Trib]
-> Senate lawmakers moved to close a political donations disclosure loophole, despite concerns that the change could be unconstitutional. [Trib]
-> A bill that would favor keeping families together in adoption and foster care placements passed both houses. [Trib]
Nationally: The Senate Judiciary Committee -- on which both Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee sit -- approved plans to beef up the nation's background check system and a Justice Department program that funds school security guards. [WaPost]
-> Swing states with same-day voter registration were the most likely to experience high voter turnout during last year's election, with Minnesota again taking the cake for highest voter turnout nationwide at 76.1 percent of registered voters hitting the polls. Utah, however, clocked in at 56 percent. [Politico] [WaPost]
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-- Thomas Burr and Emily Andrews
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