Did Reid get Romney's taxes from the IRS? Hatch calls for new probe. Enviro group sues EPA over Utah pollution.
Happy Friday. Now that it's clear the IRS gave extra, super scrutiny to tea party-related groups during the 2012 cycle, Republicans are wondering if there was some rogue government tax collector who handed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid copies of Mitt Romney's taxes. If you recall, Reid took to the Senate floor last year to claim that Romney hadn't paid a dime of income taxes in a decade -- a point strenuously denied by Romney's folks. Now, an RNC spokeswoman wonders if the IRS was leaking. [DailyCaller]
-> That story raises an interesting question: If Republicans want to know if the IRS leaked Romney's tax returns, was Reid right?
Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch is calling for a new investigation into the IRS scandal and what groups it targeted -- including one that backed Hatch in his re-election. [Trib]
-> The environmental group WildEarth Guardians filed a federal lawsuit agains the EPA this week, accusing the agency of failing to uphold the Clean Air Act to protect Utahns from fine-particle pollution. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @FridaGColumns: "One thing Obama could have done without this week: a picture of a uniformed Marine holding an umbrella over him."
From @TeeBox8 (Taylor Oldroyd): "I've only been back in DC a few days & I've gotten right to work cleaning up the place. One down at IRS. Now working on WH."
Happy birthday: Today to state Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck and state Sen. Margaret Dayton. On Saturday send your wishes to the U.'s Peter Watkins, former state Rep. Christine Watkins and Ted Wilson.
Coming Tomorrow: Utah Republican delegates will meet to decide the party's new leaders and vote on resolutions about changing or keeping the caucus-convention system. The schedule as follows:
10 a.m. -- Call to order
10:10 a.m. -- Chairman Thomas Wright's farewell remarks
10:30 a.m. -- Party chair candidates speeches and balloting
11:05 a.m. -- Other party candidates speeches and balloting
12:05 p.m. -- Caucus-convention resolutions and balloting
2 p.m. -- Speech by "congressional candidate Mia Love"
-> Hatch wants an investigation into Health and Human Services' effort to raise private money to help promote the Affordable Care Act. [Trib]
-> Utah lawmakers voted to confirm Jon Pierpoint as director of Workforce Services after he has served several months as acting chief of the agency. [Trib]
-> SLC Mayor Ralph Becker has named Margaret Plane as the city's new attorney, replacing outgoing lawyer Ed Rutan. [DNews]
-> The BLM is seeing public comment on a proposal to lease 2,110 acres in Uintah County for tar sands exploration. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick argues for a change in how party nominees in Utah are selected. [UtahPolicy]
-> The Trib's Robert Gehrke joins Bryan Schott for a videocast to discuss tomorrow's convention and the ongoing John Swallow investigations. [UtahPolicy]
Nationally: Obama on Thursday named a top policy adviser as acting commission of the embattled IRS. [WaPost]
-> The Justice Department failed to put names of terrorists in witness protection programs to the "No Fly" list, allowing some of them to fly on commercial airlines. [AP]
-> While the Senate continues to amend its comprehensive immigration bill, the House's Gang of Eight plans to unveil its bill in June. [Politico]
-> With the Benghazi attack in mind, Obama is making a push for tightening embassy security worldwide. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr
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