Herbert as a bobblehead doll. Letterman's political top 10. Obama enjoys the sound of snowboard lingo.
Happy Friday. David Letterman announced his impending retirement from The Late Show. The late night stalwart has had plenty of politicos on his show, and in honor of his most famous bit, here are his top 10 political moments, which includes cameos from Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and Chris Christie. [Politico]
Topping the news: President Barack Obama had some of the U.S. Olympians over at the White House and had fun with snowboarding lingo: "I would personally like to thank all of our snowboarders and freestyle skiers for making newscasters across America say things like 'air to fakie,' and the 'back-to-back double cork 1260. I don't know what that means, really, but I just wanted to say it. I'm pretty sure I'm the first president to ever say that." [USAToday]
-> Utah's Sage Kotsenburg, one of those snowboarders, was a little too shellshocked to say "What's up dog?" to the president as he said he would. Still, he was impressed that Obama was down with the lingo. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @LeeHDavidson: "Economic summit gave Gov. Gary Herbert bobble-head dolls to attendees. Does that mean Herbert nods yes to anything businessmen want?"
From @schendrickson: "Just shook Obama's hand and hugged Michelle.... That was more frightening than competing in Sochi. #insane"
Happy Birthday: On Saturday to Voices for Utah Children's Karen Crompton and friend of Cornflakes Jesse Higgins, and on Sunday to former state Rep. Neil Hansen, Utah GOP National Committeeman Bruce Hough, state Sen. Karen Mayne and Young Democrats President TJ Ellerbeck.
In other news: Reporters, not just photographers, are now banned from Temple Square in Salt Lake City for this weekend's LDS General Conference because church officials don't want them interacting with women protesters who plan to seek entrance to an all male priesthood meeting. [Trib]
-> Herbert is going on a trade mission to Mexico with more than three dozen businessman. [KUER]
-> Consultants hired by South Jordan suggest a huge increase in apartments, both near the FrontRunner station and on the site of the Mulligans golf course. Expect some serious pushback from community activists and even the city's mayor, who essentially ran on a platform hostile to new apartment buildings. [Trib]
-> The feds extended Medicare benefits to legally married same-sex couples. [Trib]
-> The Utah Board of Education is working on a model school lunch policy in the wake of the scandal at Uintah Elementary. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz expressed outrage at a U.S. program that spent big money to influence Afghan lawmakers. [Examiner]
-> Thomas Wright and Jim Dabakis discuss the Affordable Care Act. [ABC4]
-> Because of the drought, an overpopulation of wild horses are threatening the survival of livestock in Iron County, where commissioners have given the feds an ultimatum. Submit a plan for dealing with the horses or the county will take action on its own. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on how the NRA responds to gun violence. [Trib]
-> Speaking at the Women in the World summit, Hillary Clinton said pure partisanship has overtaken rational decision making and it is pushing the country backwards instead of forwards. [AP]
-> Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seems poised to lead the Democrats again even if his party loses a majority in the Senate. [Politico]
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-- Matt Canham and Topher Webb
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