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News roundup: Limbaugh: Cruz, Lee now in charge of the GOP

First Published Oct 15 2013 06:11AM      Last Updated Oct 15 2013 07:29 am

Limbaugh: Cruz, Lee now in charge of the GOP. Lee to join Palin in Iowa. USU alum wins Nobel Prize.

Happy Tuesday. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh says that Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are now in charge of the GOP, and they're winning the battle despite the mainstream media coverage. Says Limbaugh, "Here's how this story begins: 'After Republicans drifted for years without a pilot, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have taken the helm of the GOP, steering their party and its grassroots into a much-needed, head-on battle with the Democrats.' Amen." [

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Topping the news:

Politico's Roger Simon takes a harsh look at Sens. Cruz and Lee and how the shutdown has devolved into a racial dispute by some. [

Politico

] (More shutdown news below)

-> Sen. Lee will join Sarah Palin at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in November. [

USAToday

]

-> A USU alumni has won the Nobel Prize in economics. [

Trib

] [

DNews

]

Tweet of the day:

From

‏@joshgondelman

: "Let's just come right out and get some corporate sponsorships for this shutdown."

Shutdown, day 14:

Lawmakers are getting closer to making a deal to avoid a default on Oct. 17; the current negotiations would raise the debt limit until Feb. 7 and re-open the government until January. [

WaPost

] [

Politico

] [

CNN

] [

NYTimes

]

-> More than twice as many Americans think that raising the debt limit authorizes new spending than the truth that it just allows borrowing to pay for already approved expenditures. [

NJ

]

-> Key to any deal to restart the government could be the repeal of the medical device tax, an issue that Utah companies could find helpful. [

Politico

]

-> ICYMI: House GOP members changed a law right before the shutdown that prohibits anyone to bring a bill to start the government again unless approved by the House majority leader. [

CNN

] And Rep. Jason Chaffetz was speaker pro tem this weekend when Democrats tried to challenge that rule. [

KUTV

]

-> As members of Congress are digging in ideologically during the shutdown, Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson is crossing the aisle and voting with Republicans. [

Trib

]

-> Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said America needs to solve its latest fiscal crisis to show the world what a democracy can be. [

Trib

]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch says a Friday meeting with Obama was constructive even if a deal didn't happen. [

Trib

]

-> Sens. Cruz and Lee joined other tea partyers to push back the "barrycades" blocking the World War II Memorial in Washington. [

Trib

]

Opinion section:

Paul Rolly charges that Rep. Chaffetz is laying low during the shutdown and how Sen. Lee will only talk to Fox News. [

Trib

]

-> Rolly also talks about how former state senator Dan Liljenquist's op-ed against Sen. Lee hints that he will oppose Lee in the 2016 election. [

Trib

]

-> George Pyle suggests Republicans are losing favor in national politics, but that the future of the party might be in statehouses and governors like Gov. Gary Herbert. [

Trib

]

-> Congressional candidate Donna McAleer discusses how Rep. Rob Bishop is serving the needs of his political party instead of the residents of northern Utah. [

Trib

]

-> Legal representatives for the Utah Pride Center say that marriage equality is coming soon to Utah after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this summer. [

Trib

]

-> Attorney General John Swallow and Assistant Attorney General Anthony Rampton discuss that the federal shutdown shows that national parks are in better hands with state governments. [

Trib

]

-> Frank Pignnalli and LaVarr Webb discuss the surprise choice of Rep. Spencer Cox by Gov. Gary Herbert and what it means for Herbert's future. [

DNews

]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says Republicans are again shooting themselves in the foot over the government shutdown. [

DNews

]

Weekend in review:

The Utah State Bar declined to prosecute Attorney General John Swallow on one of the two charges brought against him. [

Trib

] [

DNews

]

-> The remaining Swallow investigations will likely last into next year; one investigation is allowed to work until the end of 2014. [

DNews

]

-> Transportation officials are looking to raise taxes on gas and other transportation taxes in order to repair or replace the state's aging bridges that will be over 50 years old in the coming decade. [

Trib

]

-> Many state delegates oppose the Count My Vote initiative and have formed their own group, Protect Our Neighborhood Elections; both groups will speak at public hearings this week. [

Trib

]

-> Local governments are raising property taxes, with parts of Salt Lake City facing the highest taxes and Wayne County expecting the lowest. [

Trib

]

Nationally:

-> The NSA is collecting millions of contacts lists from personal email accounts, including those of Americans. [

WaPost

] [

Politico

]

-> Despite struggling with glitches and server problems the website healthcare.gov is still seeing heavy amounts of traffic. [

WaPost

]

-> Spotted this weekend: Mitt Romney tailgaiting at Ole Miss. [

UPI

]

Where are they?

Gov. Gary

Herbert

discusses Medicaid and higher education needs and attends the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.SL Co. Mayor Ben

McAdams

attends the County Council meeting, then speaks at both the Voices for Utah Children Children's Champions awards luncheon and the employee art show reception.WVC Mayor Mike

Winder

attends the Utah Grizzlies Face Off luncheon and conducts the City Council meeting.President Barack

Obama

does

interviews with local TV anchors to discuss impacts of the shutdown, honors former Army Captain William Swenson with the Medal of Honor, and meets with Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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