Poll: Americans against Syria engagement. Hatch calls immigration reform 'crucial.' School budgets face tough future.
Happy Thursday. Americans, it appears, are pretty war weary. A new poll shows little interest in sending troops to Syria even if the country is engaged in using chemical weapons on its own people. Some 68 percent of folks polled opposed sending ground troops while only 5 percent backed the idea. [HuffPost]
Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch calls immigration reform "crucial" and some of the current laws "stupid." [Trib]
-> The five-county area around the Salt Lake Valley needs to cut pollution by 10 percent to meet EPA standards. [Trib]
From @KenJennings: "The South will rise again! About noon probably. Watch some Judge Judy on the tee-vee. Shoot some beer cans off of something."
Happy birthday: To former state Sen. Karen Morgan.
In other news: A look at Utah's top school districts upcoming budgets and how rising health care costs and sequestration may affect them. [Trib]
-> Homeless numbers in Utah are down 9 percent, according to the latest survey reported by Lt. Gov. Greg Bell. [Trib]
-> Jon Huntsman will headline the New York Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. [NYCRepublicans]
-> Rush Limbaugh praises Sen. Mike Lee's Heritage Foundation speech as "fascinating" and offers some thoughts on the senator's push for a new brand of conservatism. [RushLimbaugh]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz says there will be some whistleblowers appearing at next week's oversight hearing on the Benghazi attacks. [NRO]
-> Bob Bernick says the Democrats win over redistricting documents could prompt the GOP to change the rules. [UtahPolicy]
-> Peg McEntee, meanwhile, says it's about time the GOP-run Legislature gets smacked down by a court. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the pressing situation in Syria. [Trib]
Nationally: A push to allow gay immigrants to sponsor their partners could scuttle the immigration reform push by prompting a GOP revolt against it. [Politico]
-> New freshman and tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz is already eyeing higher office, talking about a potential White House bid. [NRO]
-> Authorities have arrested three people in connection with the Boston marathon bombing. [WaPost]
-> A 5-year-old boy shot his 2-year-old sister with his .22 rifle, one of a series of firearms touted as "my first gun." [AFP]
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-- Thomas Burr
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