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News roundup: Clintons paid speech tally tops $100 million

Published July 12, 2013 7:54 am

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Tab for Clintons' speeches top $100 million. Campaign finance data more accessible. More money approved for Moab tailings removal.

Happy Friday. Hillary Clinton is commanding some $200,000 a speech now that she's out of office and combined with husband, Bill, the duo have pulled in nearly $100 million for paid remarks since President Clinton left the White House in 2001. Of course, it's normal for politicians to charge fees to speak — Utah's Jon Huntsman does it — the staggering amount the Clintons have pulled in may shock folks. [NYTimes]

Topping the news: A new website will allow Utahns to more easily access campaign finance reports for state politicians. [StandEx]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz pushed a bill through the House that allotted an extra $4.22 million for the cleanup of radioactive tailings on the Colorado river banks near Moab and for the continuation of water pipeline construction for the Central Utah Project. [Trib]

-> The NSA has released talking points from the ground breaking for its Utah Data Center. It's largely a summary of what public officials said at the open-press event in 2011. [MuckRack]

Tweets of the day: From @pkcapitol: "Anything more DC ironic than a 'This Town' book party? A book that eviscerates the DC book party circuit. RSVP: yes!"

From @dwallbank: "INBOX: Too many anti-#farmbill quips to count. Bill should be 'plowed under,' 'put out to pasture,' etc."

From @daveweigel: "I mean at this point 'he killed the Senate!' is as devastating as 'he cancelled a screening of "Grown-Ups 2"!'"

Happy birthday: to Taylorsville City Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach, on Saturday to Rep. Rob Bishop, USU President Stan Albrecht, Jim Burr and Aaron Perkins and on Sunday to state Rep. Keith Grover.

In other news: After she was forced to resign, the Utah Democratic Party's Latino outreach director Melodia Gutierrez questions the party's commitment to diversity. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Utah has faced more wildfires in the last decade than in the 1970s, a new report shows. [Trib]

-> Carbon County officials want to pave the main road in Nine Mile Canyon but preservationists worry about damage to the "world's longest art gallery." [Trib]

-> SLC Mayor Ralph Becker has filled three city government spots, appointing a new director of parks and public lands, treasurer and deputy director of housing and neighborhood development. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses cracked tiles in the Utah Capitol, a mayor who saved the day and a State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control internal audit. [Trib]

-> The Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index is championing the Salt Lake City VA medical campus as a 2013 leader in LGBT care, recognizing the center's commitment to equal rights for both patients and employees. [Trib]

-> Immigrants in Utah struggle with an uncertain future as they wait for Congress's verdict on immigration reform. [DNews]

Nationally: Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been rousing his fellow Democrats to support a ban on the filibuster of presidential appointees. [NYTimes] [Politico] [WaPost]

-> The NSA is concerned that leaker Edward Snowden had access to files detailing espionage activities against Chinese officials and fear that the documents he possesses may end up outside of his control. [WaPost]

-> Politico takes a look at five tax breaks that are vulnerable to severe changes. [Politico]

-> A farm bill successfully passed the House after Republicans split apart food stamps funding from farm subsidies. The pared-down bill passed by a narrow margin, with Republicans promising Democrats that they will hold votes on the portion affecting food stamps later in the month. [WaPost] [Politico] [NYTimes]

-> When it comes to immigration reform, President Barack Obama is torn between vigorous promotion of legislation he cares deeply about and the need to stay quiet to avoid scaring off skittish House Republicans. [NYTimes]

-> A deal on student loan interest rates seems perpetually out of reach for congressmen, as Congressional Budget Office estimates hinder the latest bipartisan plan. [NYTimes] [WaPost]

-> A report shows that software company Microsoft cooperated with the NSA more than it previously acknowledged, offering the agency "pre-encryption stage" access to e-mail on Outlook. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

Rep. Rob Bishop gives an update on public lands policy via video conference to the Northwest Mining's board meeting.

President Barack Obama meets with Vice President Joe Biden for the presidential daily briefing.

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— Thomas Burr and Isobel MarkhamTwitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/i_markham