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News roundup: GOP House 'adrift' and 'fractured'

Bush library: How would you have decided on Iraq, etc.? Aposhian loses guns under temp order. GOP House 'fractured' and 'adrift.'

Happy Tuesday. Would you have invaded Iraq? Sent troops into New Orleans after Katrina? Bailed out Wall Street? Former President George W. Bush's new library allows visitors to decide how they would have come down when faced with the big choices Bush has while in office. The New York Times takes a look at how you can decide -- in hindsight -- and compare yourself to the ex-president. [NYTimes]

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Topping the news: Utah's top gun-rights spokesman, Clark Aposhian, has to give up his arsenal of weapons and his concealed weapons permit under a temporary judicial order stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident. [Trib]

-> Utah voters place an open and ethical government as a top priority in a new poll commissioned by Gov. Gary Herbert. [DNews]

-> The Republican majority of the U.S. House is "adrift" and "fractured," according to those inside it as the chamber's leaders attempt to pull the caucus together to tackle the big items. [WaPost]

Tweets of the day: From @EvanMcSan: "for the record, yes it is hard to get work done at WH when Bradley Cooper is around. Mostly because people keep thinking I'm him."

And from @nhkillion: "Savage beat down by the Bruins tonight on the Penguins. It's why games are played, campaigns run & battles fought out. Paper/stats mean nada."

Happy birthday: To Sen. Mike Lee and Justin Harding, Rep. Jason Chaffetz's chief of staff.

In other news: A slew of political bigwigs are flying into Utah this week for Mitt Romney's Park City retreat that starts Wednesday. The list includes several potential White House contenders as well as Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. [Trib]

-> The House passed a bill to protect against pharmaceutical counterfeits, an idea pushed by Rep. Jim Matheson for years. [Trib]

-> Nineteen mayors across Utah are calling on Utah's senators to back comprehensive immigration reform as a way to keep Utah's core economic circles turning. [Trib] [Fox13] [AP]

-> State Sen. Aaron Osmond responds to The Tribune story about him encouraging fellow industry folks to donate to then-AG candidate John Swallow. [SenateSite]

-> Meanwhile, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser has sent a letter to fellow senators warning them to be tight-lipped about the Swallow situation since the Senate may ultimately have to serve as the jury in an impeachment trial. [UtahPolicy]

-> Attention potential office seekers: Friday is the last day to file for municipal office in Utah. [Herald]

Nationally: New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who had pushed during his long career for environmental regulations and transportation updates, died Monday at age 89. [NorthJersey]

-> The decision on who temporarily replaces Lautenberg falls on Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who could choose someone from his own party and whittle away at the Democrats' small hold on the Senate majority. [WaPost]

-> The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police may gather and hold on to DNA samples from people arrested on serious crimes, arguing those samples are akin to fingerprints. [WaPost] Utah is one of 28 states that can continue taking the samples. [DNews]

-> Immigration reform, as predicted, is coming down to a battle over get-tough border security measures that could swing more Republican votes but cost some Democrats' support. Finding the balance will be tricky for Sen. Marco Rubio. [Politico]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Rob Bishop attends the weekly GOP conference meeting, gets a briefing on the farm bill, attends the Natural Resources Committee on defining species conservation success, attends the House Armed Services Members meeting and sits down with the Vice President and General Counsel of Ebay.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart hits a Natural Resources Committee hearing, gets a briefing on the latest details of the Farm Bill with the Agriculture Committee, hosts a Space Industry meet and greet lunch, sits down with representatives of the Utah Children's Justice Center Program and attends a reception with the ambassador of Georgia.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert gets a quarterly briefing on higher education and does interviews for the 3rd District judicial opening.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams heads to the County Council Meetings and later helps out with the Zions Bank Paint-a-Thon event.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker hits a department directors meeting, attends a Block 69/70 urban ideas competition winner announcement and gets a briefing on the performing arts center.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder conducts the City Council meeting.
  • President Barack Obama announces three nominees for the U.S. Court of Appeals, meets with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in the Oval Office and later travels to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to meet with wounded service members.

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

Twitter.com/thomaswburr



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