Axelrod to join Romney event. GOP targets Clinton over Benghazi. AP's Twitter hack.
Happy Wednesday. David Axelrod, the mastermind behind President Barack Obama's re-election, will join the candidate he defeated, Mitt Romney, for a retreat in Park City this summer. While the event was reported as a get-together of Romney's top donors, his people told The Salt Lake Tribune before they wanted it to be bipartisan and Axelrod's attendance certainly hits that note. [Globe] [Politico]
Topping the news: House Republicans -- including Rep. Jason Chaffetz -- released a report yesterday that blames the State Department and in particular Hillary Clinton for the failure to secure the Benghazi, Libya embassy where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three Americans were killed. [WaTimes]
-> Utah's top Democrat Jim Dabakis says his party is negotiating its own changes to its caucus system. [Herald]
-> There was a tense moment of panic on Tuesday when the AP tweeted from their official account, "Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured." However, AP reporters quickly jumped online to say that the outlet's accounts had been hacked. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney later confirmed that the president was fine and the White House was intact, but not before the panic caused the Dow to drop 100 points. [NYTimes]
Tweets of the day: From @pourmecoffee: "I think if I hacked AP, I would go with 'SETI detects coherent narrowband non-terrestrial signal. President to address nation at 7 pm EST.'"
From @ryanbeckwith: "AP Stylebook, Social Media Policy, Page 1: All tweets should be about things that actually happened."
From @WaltHickey: "Reddit has identified seven people as the White House bombers."
In other news: While both of Utah's senators oppose it, local lawmakers say they support a bill that would require Internet retailers to collect sales tax. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee questioned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the immigration bill's border fence provision -- bottom line, there isn't much more planned for the U.S.-Mexico border. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank joined other chiefs to chastize the Senate for not moving forward on a gun control deal last week. [Trib]
-> Health care experts, lawmakers and community advocates alike joined forces at the state Capitol to discuss alternatives to expanding or not expanding Utah's Medicaid program. [Trib]
-> West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder said that his city needs to wipe the slate clean after its police department came under federal, state and internal investigations of its narcotics squad. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Salt Lake City residents turned out en masse for a spirited debate about the path of the future Sugar House Streetcar - although no clear consensus was reached. [Trib]
-> Recently-released environmental activist Tim DeChristopher says he'd like to discuss the role of juries with the judge that sentenced him to two years in prison for civil disobedience. [Trib]
-> Some local cancer clinics are having to turn away Medicare patients because of sequester cuts. [Trib]
-> Although it won't be as bad as it was last year, road construction is about to hit the state, with more than 150 road projects gearing up. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly says House Speaker Becky Lockhart could be angling for the governor's desk. [Trib]
Nationally: Since President George W. Bush has left office, the hometown of his former Western White House has struggled and many businesses have closed. [Yahoo]
-> A former Romney intern has been charged with blackmailing several women with nude pictures of them he found on the Internet. [DailyNews]
-> TSA's top official says he's delaying the implementation of a policy that would let travelers bring small knives past security checkpoints - a plan that irked other security analysts and flight attendants. [Politico]
-> Plans to bring 11 million undocumented immigrants into the electoral fold may ensure Democratic victories and undermine Republican holds in some states. [Politico]
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