Taliban commander: We'll capture move American soldiers. Hatch for an 8th term. FEC complaint against Lee filed.
Happy Friday. After the White House deal to exchange five Taliban captives for U.S. Soldier Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban commander says that there's little question the move makes the group more interested in capturing more Americans. The commander welcomed home the five "heroes" that had been held at Gitmo. [Time]
Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch had pledged that his last election was, well, his last. But now the Utah Republican says that if he's close to reforming the tax code by the time his term is up he may run again. That would, for the record, be his 8th term. [Trib]
-> A federal judge granted a temporary, weeklong stay on a ruling that required the state to recognize the same-sex marriages in that occurred during the 17-day window in December. [Trib] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13]
Tweet of the day: From @RobertGehrke: "Unreal. Doug Wright had Mike Lee on the air, failed to ask a single question about money laundered to his campaign account."
Happy Birthday: On Saturday to the Sierra Club's Vanessa Pierce, and on Sunday to USU's Matthew LaPlante and friend of Cornflakes Derek Jensen.
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, announced a new chief of staff. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County officials may regulate the use of electronic cigarettes, similar to Davis County. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly tells of several heartwarming stories of Utahns helping Utahns. [Trib]
-> The CATO Institute says UTA's TRAX line in Utah is meant to look "world class," but providing better bus routes would be more effective for transportation. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee visited with Pope Francis in the Vatican and said "he's a very humble man." [DNews]
Nationally: President Barack Obama said he will not apologize for his deal with the Taliban that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] Officials within the Obama administration also said they couldn't tell Congress of the trade deal for Bergdahl sooner because the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if they did. [LATimes]
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