Ann Romney's prescription for fixing Washington. The legendary life of Nelson Mandela. Swallow's leftover campaign cash.
Happy Friday. Ann Romney on her book tour says what is ailing Washington is a lack of respect among the political combatants, something they should have learned as children. "We have to get a little bit more graciousness back in our lives." [Politico]
-> And she said if one of her five is most likely to jump into a life of politics, it is Tagg Romney, who lives in Massachusetts. [BostonHerald]
Topping the news: Nelson Mandela, one of history’s most influential statesmen, passed away at the age of 95 in South Africa. Mandela will be remembered as the first president of a post-apartheid South Africa, and his remarkable efforts for peace and understanding. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN] [NYTimes] [BuzzFeed] [LATimes] [USAToday] [BBC] [AlJazeera]
-> U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Utah's Northwest Middle School to note the remarkable turnaround in student achievement at the school where most students are minorities and poor. [Trib] [DNews]
Tweet of the day: From @MittRomney: "In the modern age, Nelson Mandela will be remembered as an unsurpassed healer of human hearts."
Happy birthday: On Sunday to Exoro's Maura Carabello.
-> A former aide to Rep. Jason Chaffetz is charged with wire fraud for allegedly lying about his military service and collecting benefits he didn't earn. The congressman referred the case to authorities when he learned about the exaggerated military claims. [DNews]
-> Students at Endeavor Hall Charter School in West Valley City formally asked President Barack Obama to continue the presidential tradition of visiting the Beehive State. [Trib]
-> Dugway Proving Grounds held a family day for the first time in its history allowing workers' families to see all the safety protocols and features the site has to keep their loved ones protected. [Trib]
-> State Sen. Lyle Hillyard gives you his early thinking on the upcoming budget. [UtahPolicy]
-> Paul Rolly discusses Davis School Board member Peter Cannon and how his view that Spanish-speaking parents' voices shouldn't be heard until they learn English. [Trib]
-> The Naval Sea Cadet Corps program in Utah will change its name to NSCC Battleship Utah in honor of the USS Utah, the first ship torpedoed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. [Trib]
-> The Sugar House Streetcar, or S-Line, opened with fireworks to greet it, and officials praising it for bringing in over $400 million of investment and development to Sugar House. [Trib]
-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick talk about Swallow's exit and Herbert's budget plan on their weekly video discussion. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bernick writes about what we learned from the Swallow scandal. [UtahPolicy]
-> Utahns seeking to sign up for insurance through healthcare.gov are seeing less glitches and having more success. [DNews]
Nationally: The White House admitted that President Barack Obama and his uncle lived together for a short time while the president was a student at Harvard Law School. The White House said Obama never denied meeting his estranged uncle, but that there was no record of it. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN] [NYTimes] [LATimes] [USAToday]
-> Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are getting close to finalizing a budget deal without raising any taxes and decreasing deficit. They plan to do this by selling off government assets and tweaking with federal employees' pensions. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN] [LATimes] [USAToday]
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