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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014 file photo, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is seen at the RNC winter meeting in Washington. Republican-leaning cities are crossing ideology boundaries to build infrastructure, embracing trendy liberal ideas like "new urbanism," while keeping costs in line and government workforces small and cost-effective. As big cities face financial troubles and crime spikes, these cities seem to be on a better path. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
News roundup: The top 10 Republicans likely to run for president

The top 10 Republicans likely to run for president. LDS Church: Priesthood only for men. Chaffetz takes a tour of the liberal side.

Happy Monday. No, Mitt Romney isn't running for president again. He's said it like a hundred times now. But who is? The Washington Post runs down the top 10 Republicans likely to make a bid for the highest office in the land. [WaPost] Also, just for fun, a look at all the times Romney has said he's not running. [CNN]

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Topping the news: The LDS Church reiterating this weekend that only men can hold the priesthood; the statement comes after the excommunication of Kate Kelly, founder of the Ordain Women group. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13]

-> John Dehlin, who runs a website for members of the LDS Church who question their faith, may face excommunication, but is waiting for his bishop to make that decision. [Trib] [StandEx]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, toured Rep. Elijiah Cummings' Baltimore district to better understand where he comes from. Chaffetz and Cummings may be the top two leaders on a powerful House committee next year. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @ConanOBrien: "I'm halfway through Hillary Clinton's book. I don't want to ruin the ending but I bet she kills this guy 'Bill.'"

-> From @cboyack: "It's amazing how legal investigations are quickly becoming the lead cause of hard drive failures."

Happy Birthday: To former State Rep. Carl Wimmer, former State Rep. Sheryl Allen and Gillette News Record's Ashley Franscell Detrick.

Opinion section: Check out Pat Bagley's cartoon depicting John Boehner's "congressional business" in suing President Barack Obama. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly says the recent primary elections and infighting within the Republican Party show a need for the Count My Vote system. [Trib] Rolly also notes that Salt Lake City's parking kiosk problem isn't the first time parking has been a problem in the state. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker advocates for green space and parks within the nation's cities. [Trib]

-> Mark Miller, who sits on the Community Board of Directors for University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, supports Gov. Gary Herbert's "Healthy Utah" Medicaid expansion plan and says its will be good for the economy. [Trib]

-> The Tribune's Thomas Burr says the nation's memorials counteract the cynicism of the capital and "help bring the underpinnings of America back into focus." [Trib]

-> George Pyle argues that if UTOPIA goes, so will any competitor to Comcast and any safeguard of net neutrality. [Trib]

-> Connor Boyack, Kent Hart and Marina Lowe, with the Libertas Institute, the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the ACLU of Utah, respectively, say Utah's police officers need to reconsider their use of force and aggressive tactics in home raids, such as the one on former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. [Trib]

-> Anne McMullin Peffer with the nonprofit Circling the Wagons, which serves Mormon minorities, says Kate Kelly has not been "trying to gain a following," as the LDS Church wrote in her excommunication letter, but rather fights against inequality in a manner according to her values. [Trib]

-> Mark Alvarez, an attorney and immigration specialist for Telemundo Utah, argues inaction on immigration costs more than effective legislation. [Trib]

-> Sheryl Allen, a former Utah state legislator from Davis County, says teachers deserve both a "thank you" and increased pay. [Trib]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli debate whether America is in decline or if there's a light at the end of the tunnel for the country, despite economic and partisanship woes. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election shows you never really know what's going to happen in politics. [DNews]

Weekend in review: If Overstock.com's Jonathan Johnson runs for governor in 2016, Republican strategist Dave Hansen is on board. [UtahPolicy]

-> A marine with ties to Utah deserted troops in Iraq almost 10 years ago and is now in U.S. custody. [Trib] [StandEx] [KUTV] [KSL]

-> Hundreds of protestors are calling for the termination of the Salt Lake City police officer responsible for killing a dog while searching of a missing child. [Trib] [DNews] [StandEx] [KUTV] [KSL]

-> A large blimp demanding "an end to mass spying" flew over the Bluffdale NSA Data Center in protest. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> Protestors are camping out at PR Springs with Utah Tar Sands Resistance to stop a proposed tar sands mine where there is ground water. [Trib]

-> KCPW needs to raise $42,000 by Thursday or will likely go off the air because of outstanding debts. [Trib]

-> Although it appears the case against former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff is coming to a close, there may actually be more legal proceedings to yet to come. [DNews]

-> Members of the UTOPIA Board will meet today to discuss the fiber optic network's potential Internet service in eleven Utah cities. [DNews]

-> The Utah Department of Transportation is currently under investigation for allegedly condemning more land than necessary for road projects in Draper. [Trib]

-> Utah counties are now facing off with the Bureau of Land Management over complaints of wasted time and money. [DNews]

-> Plans for a Wasatch Front highway and mass transit project is on the table for discussion on whether it should be added to the waiting list for federal funding. [Trib]

-> Spencer Cox almost turned town serving as Utah's lieutenant governor. [DNews]

Nationally: President Barack Obama is expected today to name Robert McDonald, a former chief executive of Procter & Gamble, to head the VA. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]

-> The Libyan leader connected to the 2012 Benghazi attacks plead not guilty plea in a Washington court this weekend. [NYTimes] [WSJ] [LATimes]

-> Obama is asking Congress for more than $2 billion to increase border patrol, quicken deportations for children who cross the border without parents and increase the punishment for smugglers because of an rush of immigrants from Central America coming into the country. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [LATimes]

-> Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Lois Lerner broke laws by not printing out copies of her emails. [WaPost] [Politico]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Chris Stewart presides on the House floor for a pro forma session and later returns home to Utah.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams holds a news conference, helps deliver food with the Meals on Wheels delivery group and meets with Mountain Accord.
  • President Barack Obama meets with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, announces the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs and hosts a reception for LGBT Pride Month.

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-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner

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