Obama's approval rating unchanged. Hatch votes for immigration reform. Herbert testifies before Congress.
Happy Wednesday. Charlie Cook, one of the best political handicappers in the nation, says Americans aren't changing their approval or disapproval of President Barack Obama because they might be fed up with the Washington cesspool and are more focused on an economic recovery than on the latest scandal du jour. [NJ]
Topping the news: Sen. Mike Lee is renting a home from the friend who bought his short-sale from in 2011. The friend is also a federal contractor, though both deny any impropriety. [Trib]
-> The Senate Judiciary Committee advances the immigration reform legislation with Sen. Orrin Hatch supporting the measure thanks to some concessions he fought for along the way. [Trib]
-> Hatch says IRS officials "lied" by omission when they didn't respond to direct questions about selectively targeting conservative groups. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @daveweigel: "Acting [IRS] Commissioner Miller must have watched the video of his last go-round. More camera-friendly groveling today."
Happy birthday: To the Utah House's Joe Pyrah and Senate minority executive assistant Janeen Halverson.
In other news: Salt Lake County Councilman David Wilde has announced his big to replace outgoing Murray Mayor Dan Snarr. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch struck a deal Tuesday with Sen. Chuck Schumer on high-tech workers as part of his effort to tweak the immigration bill. [Trib]
-> Immigrants living in Utah were among those watching, with gleeful hope, the Senate Judiciary Committee debate the comprehensive reform measure. [Trib]
-> A Salt Lake City groundwater plume is the latest addition to the SuperFund site list. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mary Landreau scolded Sen. Mike Lee last night, arguing the nation doesn't have "dictators" and that his demands that Democrats not use budget negotiations to raise the debt limit is wrong. [Examiner]
-> Paul Rolly notes that the state's tourism office has dropped a Book of Mormon scripture from a video it was promoting. [Trib]
Nationally: A tear-jerking video from the Oklahoma hurricane when an elderly lady finds her dog during a live TV interview. [Sky]
-> And amazing, must-see before and after pictures of the hurricane's wrath. [WaPost]
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-- Thomas Burr
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