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The new Google Maps application is demonstrated in New York on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)
News roundup: Google removes 'Slick Mitt's Used Car Lot'

Google Maps Romney oops. IRS targeted pro-Hatch group. Gag order for Johnson.

Happy Wednesday. "Slick Mitt's Used Car Lot" is no more, at least on Google Maps. After the Boston Herald pointed out that some tech savvy anti-Mitt Romney person had labeled the former candidate's campaign headquarters with the possibly undesirable name, Google quickly updated the tag on the north end Boston address. The city plans to turn the building into a school. [BostonHerald]

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Topping the news: A pro-Sen. Orrin Hatch group may have been one of the tax exempt organizations the IRS gave extra scrutiny to during last year's election. [Trib]

-> A federal judge has issued a gag order against iWorks founder Jeremy Johnson, forbidding him or those involved on his criminal case in speaking to the news media or on social media. [Trib]

-> The New York Times digs into Rep. Jason Chaffetz's trip to Libya shortly after the Benghazi attack and provides some interesting details on how the congressman was essentially stonewalled. [NYTimes]

Tweet of the day: From @TheFix: "Sign things aren't going well: Cable covers back to back press conferences from Carney and Holder."

From @freddoso: "Holder promises he'll get the home phone records of those IRS people, 'cause hey..."

@pourmecoffee: If you see Jay Carney tonight getting a gallon of ice cream, jar of Nutella, and five Redbox movies, leave him alone.

Happy birthday: To state Sen. Evan Vickers, political consultant LaVarr Webb and to my wonderful mother, Ann Burr, and father-in-law, Bob Linn.

In other news: Sen. Orrin Hatch is warning his fellow senators they should go along with the tech industry's requests on the immigration reform measure because they could doom the entire legislation if not. [Trib] [Politico]

-> Utah has been able to do better economically than much of the rest of the nation because it's been inclusive in focusing on all social classes and races, a sociologist says. [Trib]

-> PolitiFact rates Rep. Jason Chaffetz claim that a military team was told to "stand down" while people were dying in Benghazi as false and says the focus had shifted to evacuation at the time and the four Americans killed were already dead. [PolitiFact]

-> Utah will be able to run its government without raising taxes over the next five years, though there won't be enough to fund transportation needs, a new study says. [UtahPolicy]

Nationally: The IRS targeting of tea party groups went far beyond the Kansas City office with officials in Washington also playing a part. [WaPost]

-> RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says AG Eric Holder should resign in the wake of the Justice Department's seizing of AP reporters phone records. [Politico]

-> Judicial Watch is filing a lawsuit over records its seeking about the Obama family's trip to Hawaii over Christmas and how much it cost taxpayers. [Examiner]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jim Matheson will hit the No Labels radio broadcast launch in D.C. for Sirius-XM and later heads to a committee markup on the prescription drug supply chain safety.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert is in New Orleans for the Republican Governors Association meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams has breakfast with League of Cities and Town's Ken Bullock, sits down with Rep. Johnny Anderson and SL. County Surveyor Reid Demman, hits the United Way luncheon and later attends the awards event for the county's Youth Services "I Make a Difference" art and media contest.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby.
  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and then lunches with Vice President Joe Biden.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

-- Thomas Burr


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