Obama: Dems could 'get clobbered' in this year's election. British court tosses LDS lawsuit. Your 2014 candidate list.
Happy Friday. Political observers have said so, polls have said so and now President Barack Obama has said so about the upcoming mid-term elections: Democrats are in trouble. Obama told a crowd of donors that Dems "get clobbered" in such elections and asked for their help in this year's races as the party faces the possibility of losing control of the Senate. [Politico]
Topping the news: A British court has tossed a supposed fraud case against LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, ruling that the justice system would not be used to attack the beliefs of others. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @natecarlisle: "If you're Harvard, how long do you celebrate this #MarchMadness win before you go back to studying 18th century European economics?"
Happy Birthday: To Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and on Saturday to state Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi and U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch.
-> Three Republicans and one Democrats filed to run for retiring Randy Horiuchi's Salt Lake County Council at-large seat. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly gives his take on new standardized tests for Utah schools that are facing some technical problems. [Trib]
-> Three Layton residents asked the City Council to adopt an ordinance to ban housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [Trib]
-> Demolition at the Deseret Chemical depot may be ahead of schedule. [Trib]
-> Jim Dabakis and Thomas Wright discuss the plan to link seven ski resorts along the Wasatch Front. [ABC4]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the Legislature's retirements and how the Hill passed so many bills this session. [UtahPolicy]
Nationally: President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against some of the richest people in Russia. In response, Russia banned nine U.S. officials from the country. [WaPost] Here is a list of people Obama moved to sanction. [WaPost]
-> Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., ordered the Senate Intelligence Committee's computers to be examined in order to combat the CIA's claim that committee staff hacked into the CIA's network. [NYTimes]
-> In Illinois three state lawmakers who voted for same-sex marriage won their respective primaries. [WaPost]
-> The search for a home for President Barack Obama's presidential library has started. Chicago, Honolulu and New York City are interested. [ABCNews]
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-- Thomas Burr and Topher Webb
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