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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, following a Republican caucus. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
News roundup: Americans want GOP-led Congress, poll shows

Poll says Americans want GOP in charge of Congress. NSA pays for more water than it uses. Save The Tribune effort attracts former Trib editor.

Happy Tuesday. Bad news for Democrats: A new poll shows that Americans, tired of waiting for a promised economic recovery, favor a Republican-led Congress to challenge President Barack Obama's policies. The ABC News/Washington Post survey also shows that Obama's approval rating has dropped 5 points since March, to 41 percent, the lowest of his presidency. [ABCNews]

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Topping the news: Former Utah Republican Party Executive Director Ivan DuBois is trying to convince fellow Republicans to support LGBT rights. [Trib]

-> The NSA data center in Bluffdale is paying for more water than it is using. [Trib]

-> A man who recorded a phone call with former AG John Swallow that led to a complaint with the Utah State Bar is facing a state lawsuit. [Trib]

-> State Sen. Jim Dabakis started an online petition to "Save The Tribune," and former Tribune Editor Nancy Conway says the deal between the paper's owner and the DNews handicaps The Trib. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @samir: "First rule of Fight Club: 1. Please accept the new terms and conditions of Fight Club before you can read the rules of Fight Club."

Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Marc Roberts, R-Santaquin, KUER's Dan Bammes and Rocky Mountain Power's External Communications Director Paul Murphy

In other news: Starting July 1, liquor license holders will be able to sell their licenses under a new law. [Trib]

-> Both sides of Utah's defense of Amendment 3, which outlaws same-sex marriage in the state, are still making their cases to the court through written filings. [DNews]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart say both Cliven Bundy and the feds are in the wrong. [KUTV]

-> Utah earned a B-plus for electric car policies. [DNews]

-> The Lake Powell Ferry will not open until July 1 because of an accident during testing. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the gun rights society. [Trib]

Nationally: Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., turned himself to the FBI as prosecutors unveiled a 20-count indictment against the congressman. [WaPost] Here's a rundown of the charges against Grimm illustrated with a nifty chart. [WaPost]

-> The United States imposed more sanctions on Russian companies and government officials yesterday. [NYTimes]

-> The "Kissing Congressman" Rep. Vance McAllister will not seek re-election. [Picayune]

-> Congress is keeping it simple until the midterm elections. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz hits a GOP conference meeting, has an interview with The AP, meets with Utah Treasurer Richard Ellis, the Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross/Blue Shield and also attends an evening fundraiser.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert takes a personal day.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox goes to the Capitol Preservation Board meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with county staff and attends the County Council meetings.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker hits a budget meeting.
  • President Barack Obama views the COMET electric vehicle at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza hotel, speaks to the troops at Fort Bonifacio, participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers and heads back to the White House.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

-- Thomas Burr and Topher Webb

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