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News roundup: Upset about NSA? Might be because your party isn't in power

Published June 11, 2013 6:38 am

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Hillary takes to Twitter with hint at prez run. Reactions to NSA tactics largely partisan. How a Utah Internet provider deals with police requests.

Happy Tuesday. Outrage over the NSA's surveillance techniques has a distinctive political pattern. If your man is in the White House, you tend to be ok with it. At least that's what Pew found when comparing survey results in the Bush and Obama years. [WaPost]

Topping the news: Utah's five state Senate Dems want witnesses in the Swallow scandal to testify under oath as part of a special investigation, while some Republicans call for Swallow's resignation. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy] [ABC4]

-> Hillary Clinton is not only a pantsuit aficionado and "a FLOAR" (first lady of Arkansas), according to her new Twitter account, she's also TBD, a not-so-subtle reminder about her 2016 presidential aspirations. [TheHill] [WaPost]

-> In today's social media world, a presidential candidate is only as strong as their Twitter account. Here's a look at what the 2016 contenders have to offer. [DenverPost]

Tweets of the day: From @tom_wein: "In sum, Verizon is worse than Prism. China is worse than the US. And neither Snowden nor Manning is Deep Throat or Serpico."

From @Federal_PRISM: "Did you know that @SenMikeLee is a Belieber? He has all of his albums on his Ipod and receives a Bieber fan club newsletter via email."

Happy birthday: to WVC First Lady Karyn Winder, former State Rep. Merlynn Newbold, Chris Bleak with the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools and Hatch legislative director Chris Campbell.

In other news: XMission President Pete Ashdown explains how he handles data mining requests from law enforcement, demanding a court order, and he details the one time he got a request from a FISA court. [Fox13]

-> After considerable delay the federal government has sent $67 million to 15 states, including Utah, to help them recover from last year's wild fires, floods, storms and droughts. [DNews]

-> Utah business leaders are pushing senators and representatives to back immigration reform, arguing it would strengthen the job market for Americans. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the surveillance world and how our data doesn't always feel like ours anymore.

-> Peg McEntee says all the Senate wants to find out from the Swallow scandal investigations is the truth. [Trib]

-> Utah is the most connected state in the nation, with only 7.5 percent of Utahns lacking Internet access in their homes. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> State agencies employ an iPhone app in the fight to eradicate a weed that wreaks havoc in agricultural areas across Utah. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> UTA is giving free 7-day bus and train passes to the first 2,500 people who promise to help reduce air pollution by using public transit. [Trib]

-> A top economist warns that Utah may mistake high rankings in business magazines as leadership and get complacent. [DNews]

-> The state's top environmental regulator rejected an attempt to derail the Sigurd power plant, but a group of local activists promise to fight on. [Trib]

-> Grassroots organization Move to Amend Salt Lake is hosting a speakeasy pub quiz at City Hall on Thursday to kick-start its summer campaign to end corporate rule. [Trib]

-> This month's Supreme Court decision on affirmative action is unlikely to have much of an effect in Utah, says Utah System of Higher Education spokeswoman. [DNews]

Nationally: A member of the Hong Kong legislature warns that a U.S. request for extradition of NSA leaker Edward Snowden is likely to be granted. [NYTimes] [WaPost]

-> Senators are calling for Edward Snowden to explain his actions before a jury, characterizing the leak as an act of treason. [Politico]

-> Obama named Jason Furman as the new head of the Council of Economic Advisers after current chairman Alan B. Krueger decided to return to Princeton. [NYTimes] [Politico]

-> The Senate is expected to begin its deliberation of the immigration reform bill today and senators from both sides have plenty of amendments in their back pockets, among them Sen. Orrin Hatch. [NYTimes]

-> Obama does an about-turn on plans to limit the availability of the morning-after contraceptive pill Plan B One-Step. The drug will become available to any woman or girl at drugstores without a prescription. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico] [FoxNews]

-> The Tea Party targeting scandal at the IRS claims another victim: director of rulings and agreements division Holly Paz. [Politico]

Where are they?

Rep. Rob Bishop speaks in support of the Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act and attends a House Rules Committee hearing.

Rep. Chris Stewart flies back to D.C. to celebrate Dairy Day on Capitol Hill.

Gov. Gary Herbert meets with the American Legion Utah Boys' State at Weber State University, attends a Utah Clean Air event and joins the National Guard at the annual Minuteman Awards dinner.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams breakfasts with Pastor Phil Hughes from Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church, meets with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker and Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan, attends an Economic Development Corporation of Utah executive committee meeting and joins the county council meeting.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams and Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan and attends the city council meeting.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with the Economic Development Corporation Utah, attends a Utah Clean Air event and attends the city council meeting.

President Barack Obama speaks in support of the immigration reform bill, hosts Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and holds a screening of "The President's Gatekeepers" at the White House.

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— Matt Canham and Isobel Markham Twitter.com/mattcanham and Twitter.com/i_markham