Dick Cheney: Obama's failures led to Iraq chaos. More LDS members say they're facing excommunication. Royalties help Utah's members of Congress' take-home pay.
Happy Friday. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter Liz Cheney take a bat to President Barack Obama's handling of Iraq, saying his failures have led to a worsening situation in the country. "Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many," the two wrote. [WSJ]
-> Cheney's commentary brought a swift reaction. VOX put together a list of 17 reasons why you shouldn't trust anything the former veep says about Iraq. [Vox] Even Fox News' Megyn Kelly went after Cheney, calling called him out on his own mistakes. [Politico]
Topping the news: Several more members of the LDS Church have come forward saying because of comments made on online blogs and forums, they too are facing possible excommunication and threats. [Trib] [NYTimes] Here's a statement the church released in regard to the recent cases. [Trib]
-> Rep. Chris Stewart made $285,000 in royalties last year, a large chunk of that for penning Elizabeth Smart's story. Sen. Mike Lee grabbed $7,500 for his book and Sen. Orrin Hatch pulled in $5,000 for his tome and his music. [Trib]
-> The John Swallow case brought up a number of shortcomings in election policies and investigation procedures and now the Utah lawmakers say they're going to change the laws to avoid any similar situations. [KUTV]
-> Like your current health care plan? Well, you may be able to keep it through 2015 under Obamacare changes. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @kasie: "List of non-scandal-connected GOP governors for skittish donors to cite as 2016 prospects seems to be dwindling by the day."
-> From @AaronBlakeWP: "The American people hate Congress. But they also increasingly hate almost everything else too."
Happy Birthday: To state Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, and state Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton.
Congrats: To Jordan Giles, Rep. Stewart's SLC office manager, and Sabrina Perkins on their nuptials in Salt Lake on Wednesday.
-> A land battle between Park City Mountain Resort and its landlord ended with a judge ordering the two parties to resolve the issue in private mediations before appearing in court again on Aug. 27. [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13]
-> Paul Rolly discusses betting at the state Capitol between lawmakers on whether certain figures would mention the founding fathers. [Trib]
-> Motorists are suing Salt Lake City saying its new parking kiosks violate the city's code. [Trib]
-> State legislators are working on a plan that would incentivize cities to bring in high-wage jobs, rather than low-wage retail businesses. [Trib]
-> Mike Lee, R-Utah, says the loss of critical emails related to the investigation of the IRS' Lois Lerner is inexcusable. [DNews]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the poll on Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan and the lawsuit filed by former Salt Lake Tribune employees against the new JOA deal. [UtahPolicy] Bernick also discusses a change in interim legislative meeting times and the Office of Constituent Services. [UtahPolicy]
-> Utah lawmakers look at the aftermath of a federal judge's decision to strike down parts of the Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act in the state. [DNews]
-> State and federal entities are clashing over what to do to prevent forest fires in Utah. [KUTV]
-> The Bureau of Land Management plans to lease oil and gas acreage in eastern Utah, but is looking for public feedback first. [Trib]
-> Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources planned to auction off land in Lake Canyon, but is now hesitating to start the bidding. [Trib]
-> South Jordan officials contracted with the Boyer Co. to suggest other uses for the land currently occupied by Mulligans Golf and Game. [Trib]
Nationally: President Barack Obama plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the country purge terrorist organizations from within its borders, but the advisers are not expected to fight in any combat operations. [NYTimes] [WSJ] [Politico] Check out the full transcript from Obama's speech here. [WaPost]
-> Jay Carney told reporters in his final interview as White House press secretary that he never lied during the job and hopes there will still be daily briefings, but with a few changes. [WaPost]
-> Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Rep. Eric Cantor sets off Schweitzer's "gaydar" and political forecasters say, as a result of the comment, Schweitzer has no chance at a presidential bid for 2016. [Time]
-> Rep. Kevin McCarthy was elected as House majority leader on Thursday, and Rep. Steve Scalise will take McCarthy's job as whip. Challengers to the two were easily defeated. [WaPost]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
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