Mike Lee: Obama will start program to pay for birth control. AG's office misses 10th Circuit deadline. Kate Kelly to appeal excommunication.
Happy Tuesday. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision that the government can't force closely held companies to provide contraception coverage, Sen. Mike Lee says he's heard that President Barack Obama wants to start a new government program to cover birth control for workers who lose coverage because of the decision. Lee said the Health and Human Services department would use federal funds to cover the cost. [NRO]
-> Political leaders in the Utah, including Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Rob Bishop, praised the high court's ruling. [Trib] [KSL] [Fox13] Mormon and Catholic religious leaders also heralded the court's action. [Trib]
-> Kate Kelly, founder of the Ordain Women group, says she will appeal her excommunication from the LDS Church. [KUTV]
-> President Barack Obama appointed University of Utah distinguished alumni Robert McDonald as the new VA Director. [Trib]
-> The CEO of the company that manages The Salt Lake Tribune says in a court filing that there's no reason to fear the paper would shut down today, tomorrow, next month or ever. [DNews]
Tweet of the day: From @gopTODD: "By my count, @BarackObama is 0-2 against SCOTUS since the World Cup started."
-> From @BobbyJindal: "@BarackObama is now googling "Can an Executive Order override Supreme Court?" #HobbyLobby"
Happy Birthday: To Salt Lake County Public Works Director Russ Wall, Ben Horsley and Bob Springmeyer.
-> Primary Children's Hospital gained federal approval to do a drug trial of cannabis on kids and teens with epilepsy. [Trib]
-> Piute County faces some of the highest rates of poverty in the nation. [Trib]
-> The general manager of Real Salt Lake says the crowds that pack the soccer stadium are a sign of the changing population in Utah. [UtahPolicy]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on what the Supreme Court's decision on Hobby Lobby's religious argument means for workers. [Trib]
-> Some Utah leaders are pushing for a constitutional convention to push through a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. [UtahPolicy]
-> Residents of Sunset now have the option to not participate in the city's recycling program. [StandEx]
Nationally: The new director of the NSA said the damage Edward Snowden caused in leaking classified information isn't as bad as it seems, but he hopes to ensure that the same information is not compromised again. [NYTimes]
-> Obama spoke on immigration, saying he does not expect Congress to act by the end of this year and will accordingly use executive orders to "fix as much of our immigration system as we can. If Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours." [WaPost] [WSJ] Utah immigration advocates are hopeful the move spurs reform but aren't sure what the president can do alone. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Obama also sent another 200 combat soldiers to Iraq to ensure safety at the U.S. Embassy. [WSJ]
-> Check out the opinion column Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wrote on religious freedom in relation to the Supreme Court decision, saying, "religious freedom has been sewn into our country's very fiber since before it was founded." [USAToday]
-> The Supreme Court also decided not to hear a case regarding California's ban on "conversion therapy." The group challenging the ban hopes the therapy will change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian residents; in not hearing the challenge, the court sided with the ban. [NYTimes] [Politico]
-> Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will spend the five-week summer recess from the Senate in Guatemala to help people with eyesight issues. [WaPost]
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