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News roundup: Sen. Lee almost in top 25 conservatives

Lee gets mention in top 25 conservative list. Young Utahns confused on health care law. SITLA under fire.

Happy Monday. The conservative site Town Hall has come up with the 25 most influential people in the right's movement -- and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah gets an honorable mention. Lee's cohorts in the Senate, like Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, landed top rankings in the list. [TownHall]

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Topping the news: Younger Utahns aren't sure whether they'll sign up for health care -- as mandated by the Affordable Care Act -- and aren't sure they know much about it, either. [Trib]

-> A growing body of critics -- including Utah GOP leaders -- worry about the power handed to the School Institutional Trust Lands Administration. [Trib]

-> After the recent mass layoffs at The Tribune, Robert Kirby waxes poetic about the desks he once occupied. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @BuzzFeedBen: "Obama has a way of leaving presumptive nominees hanging out there, slowly bleeding to death."

Opinion section: Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Rob Bishop invite you to take a broader look into the benefits of the recent Book Cliffs deal. They say that this deal is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and will benefit the state's schools. [Trib]

-> Casey Snider, a Utah coordinator for Trout Unlimited, Leland J. Hogan, president of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, and Kathleen Sgamma, a vice president of the Western Energy Alliance, want Utahns to look at Rep. Bishop's efforts to sit down and get to work with them. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly debunks the comparisons between Utah and Florida's school grading system. He also criticizes the State Legislature for their attempts to already change the program, and snubbing key education proponents from important meetings. [Trib]

-> Rolly also discusses what characters Utah politicians would dress up as if they attended the Salt Lake Comic Con. [Trib]

-> Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist says President Barack Obama is not following his predecessors in speaking softly and carrying big stick. [DNews]

-> Kim Irvine, a state education caucus leader for the Utah Democratic Party, lauds Utah students, parents and educators for being able to receive a good education despite lack of funding. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City school board member J. Michael Clara says he takes full responsibility for the two schools in his district that received a failing grade. But he also criticizes the leadership within the school district and the lack of trying to improve a failing school. [Trib]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli discuss if Utahns should be feeling any better about the conflict in Syria. [DNews]

-> Giles Larsen, a coordinator for the City Opinion Question Campaign and Move to Amend Salt Lake, speaks out for the Move to Amend campaign in Salt Lake. [Trib]

-> Freelance writer David E. Jensen says that ultra-conservative Republicans need to open up their eyes to scientific facts and to stop being ignorant to the truth. [Trib]

-> Carl Ingwell, president of the U. Student Clean Air Network, says that Rep. Chris Stewart needs to represent his constituents regarding the air quality debate. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley shows why The Salt Lake Tribune matters. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says the United States has suffered humiliation before -- as when Russia put forward somewhat of a solution to the Syria concern -- but that like before, this too shall pass. [DNews]

Weekend in review: Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz say they are willing to defund the Affordable Care Act at all costs, even if that means going against their own party or shutting down the government. [Trib]

-> Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser questions if an investigation into Attorney General John Swallow is necessary after the Department of Justice declined to press charges. Niederhauser said that the DOJ conducted a thorough investigation and wonders if there is much more to investigate. [DNews]

-> The West Davis Corridor has a new opponent, the city of Farmington. The city posted a 19-page letter to the Utah Department of Transportation stating that its required by law to stop the expansion. [Trib]

-> The LDS Church is joining churches around the nation seeking to defend religious liberties. Many churches have been under fire for many political issues, and leaders are seeking legal protection from having to perform anything that goes against their religion. [DNews]

-> State highway officials announced that construction will begin on I-15 to add an express lane and rebuild bridges. The plan is expected to start next year and cost upwards of $120 million. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Count My Vote initiative appointed two prominent Utahns as co-chairs of its election reform initiative. Former first lady Norma Matheson and former Gov. Mike Leavitt. [Trib]

Nationally: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plans to release a new report on the Benghazi attack and hold another hearing on the terrorist attack. [WaPost]

-> Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers has withdrawn from consideration for Federal Reserve chairman after a huge uproar of criticism came his way from different advocacy groups. [WaPost] [Politico]

-> Vice President Joe Biden attended the annual Iowa steak fry -- a test of potential Democratic presidential candidates -- and he said the future of the party is the present. [WaPost] [Politco]

-> House Republican leaders are preparing to dig in for a fight over the debt ceiling against President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate. The Republicans are privately asking House members to forgo a clash to shutdown the government but say the better fight is about the debt ceiling. [Politico]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz does an interview with FoxNews and CNN in New York.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends a Ballet West and Capitol Theatre groundbreaking ceremony and heads to the United Way of Salt Lake Promise Partnership Council.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the groundbreaking of the Capitol Theatre ceremony and meets with Salt Lake County Councilman David Wilde.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder sits down with the West Valley Historical Society.
  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden on the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis.

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 and Jordan Bailey

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