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News roundup: Rove to GOP: Stop talk about impeaching Obama

Rove says to cool it on impeachment talk. Herbert, NSA confident on energy tax carve out. Shurtleff attempted to broke $2 million deal.

Happy Friday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has said that impeaching President Barack Obama over the Benghazi terrorist attacks is a possibility -- though he clarifies that it's not what he's seeking or even what may happen. But Karl Rove has some advice for Chaffetz and a few other Republicans who have uttered the i-word: Cool it!

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-> Rove says in an op-ed that Republicans should just be focused on getting the facts out and not to muddy the conversation with the idea of tossing out the president. [TheBlaze] [W$J]

Topping the news: Then-AG Mark Shurtleff attempted to broker a $2 million deal to stop one businessman from his protests against another, recordings show. [Trib]

-> Meanwhile, federal and state investigators have met with a self-described "fixer" and Shurtleff ally in the ongoing probe into possible misconduct in the Utah attorney general's office. [Trib]

-> And in another twist, a man being prosecuted by the AG's office is asking the court to make the AG recuse itself from the case. [Vanocur]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert and National Security Agency officials are confident they can find an agreement so the agency's new Utah Data Center won't face an added electricity tax. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @mayorwinder: "Large scale food fight at West Lake Jr. High cafeteria now under control. Thank you WVCPD for assisting."

Happy birthday: On Saturday to our friend Kristin Rhodes and on Sunday to The Trib's computer guru Chris McDonald. On Monday send your wishes to Air Force Capt. Brandon Splawn.

Programming note: Cornflakes will not publish on Monday to honor Memorial Day. We wish to thank those who have served and those still doing so.

In other news: Sen. John McCain attempts to school Sen. Mike Lee about how business is done in Congress on the floor of the Senate. [TPM]

-> Lee, though, notes that he's tired of the back room deals, pronouncing that: "The way Washington works stinks!" [Examiner]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch wants to hear from any Utahns who might have been wrongly targeted by the IRS and will include it as part of the Senate inquiry into the scandal. [Trib]

-> Utah could save $131 million and cover 123,000 of the state's uninsured residents by fully buying into the Medicaid expansion, a new report shows. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says his new PAC doesn't hint at a 2016 bid but signals an interest in staying relevant in the re-invention of the GOP. [Trib]

-> Once again, a conservative group has named Utah the No. 1 state for business. [UtahPolicy]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss new Utah GOP Party Chairman James Evans and WVC Mayor Mike Winder's decision not to seek re-election. [UtahPolicy]

-> Conservative columnist Rich Lowry says Sen. Orrin Hatch is "play[ing] the rubes" in his support of a comprehensive immigration bill. [NRO]

Nationally: Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says his constituents are telling him they were audited by the IRS because they donated to Mitt Romney. [TheHill]

-> Time magazine has uncovered President Barack Obama's prom picture and the fun detail of what he wrote in a friend's high school yearbook. [Time]

-> The Boy Scouts will now allow gay youths to join the program, though a ban on gay leaders remains. [NBCNews]

-> President Barack Obama set out new rules for the use of drones during a speech Thursday. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with the state's Science Adviser, Dr. Carol Curchoe George, films a PSA for World Refugee Day, sits down with SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams and later interview for Human Resource Management director candidates.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams tours Primary Children's Medical Center, meets with Herbert and then with County Council Chairman Steve DeBry.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the graduation ceremonies for Let's Learn Preschool.
  • President Barack Obama heads to Annapolis, Md., to speak at the U.S. Naval Academy and later signs a bill to offer the Congressional Gold Medal to commemorate the lives of four young girls killed in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.

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