Huntsman selling his D.C. home. Proposed NSA changes won't affect Utah Data Center. Trailer unveiled for Mitt documentary.
Happy Thursday. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is selling his Washington home, though it's unclear if he's moving out of the area or looking for different digs in the nation's capital. The Washington Post reports that Huntsman put his home on the market for $4.2 million, slightly higher than the $3.6 million he paid for it three years ago. Huntsman owns a condo in downtown Salt Lake City and a vacation spot in California. [WaPost]
Topping the news: A review panel looking at the National Security Agency's domestic data collection suggests sweeping reforms, including that the agency not keep phone records of Americans. [WaPost] The proposed changes, though, aren't likely to affect the NSA's Utah Data Center. [Trib]
-> Must see: The trailer is out for the documentary Mitt, an inside look at Mitt Romney's run for president with incredible behind-the-scenes access. Also, he doesn't need to take off his white-tie tuxedo to iron it. [TPM]
-> Meanwhile, a House panel that was investigating ex-AG John Swallow plans to unveil its findings over the next two days. [Trib]
From @emjfoster: "He isn't president but at least he'll always be remembered as the guy who ironed his suit while wearing it..."
Happy birthday: To my big sis, Jann Perkins.
Secret Santa: The Senate may be divided -- especially after that whole nuclear option thing -- but the folks in the upper chamber can still play nice. Senators this week exchanged gifts across the aisle in the holiday spirit. Sen. Orrin Hatch gave Sen. Elizabeth Warren some Dunkin Donuts coffee and donuts and received an artsy glass Bluebird. Sen. Mike Lee gave Sen. Cory Booker some socks from Sance in Park City and received a book of cowboy poetry from Sen. Tom Harkin. No word on whether Sen. Ted Cruz received coal.
In other news: Tim Lawson, the alleged "fixer" for former AG Mark Shurtleff, appears in court for the first time since charges were handed down. [Trib]
-> A Democratic state lawmaker wants the Legislature to allow local communities to raise sales taxes by 67 percent to help fund transit projects. [Trib]
-> At his last City Council meeting, WVC Mayor Mike Winder got a Star Wars send off that you have to see to believe. [Fox13]
-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick continue their countdown of the top Utah political stories with No. 7, the ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act and the subsequent challenges to same-sex marriage bans. [UtahPolicy]
-> Schott, meanwhile, argues that Rep. Jim Matheson's departure from the House in 2014 complicates things for both parties: Democrats have no one to run and Republicans lose their main argument about Matheson. [UtahPolicy]
-> A new group is planning to run TV ads opposing the proposed statewide ban on discrimination. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley shows the elephant in the room when it comes to Matheson. [Trib]
Nationally: The congressional budget deal makes permanent a 2 percent tax on states for the feds to manage its mineral leasing program. States are already paying the fee but some members of Congress say it's unfair. [AP]
-> President Barack Obama will pick Sen. Max Baucus of Montana as the new U.S. ambassador to China. [LATimes]
-> The NRA is suing a small California city that passed a ban on large-capacity magazines in another chapter of the gun control debate. [WaPost]
-> The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it would scale back its stimulus help because the American economy is recovering. [NYTimes]
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-- Thomas Burr
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