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President Barack Obama speaks about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Chilmark, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
News roundup: Obama hints at new Supreme Court pick

Obama hints about Supreme Court nominee. Lawsuit filed over Shurtleff, Swallow Bank of America dealings. Owens could beat Love if he plays Matheson.

Happy Tuesday. Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a reliable liberal on the high court, has said she doesn't plan to step down to make way for President Barack Obama to replace her with a likeminded jurist, but Obama may think differently. At a fundraiser last night, Obama hinted that he plans to nominate a Supreme Court justice before he leaves office. "That's why I need a Democratic Senate," Obama said. "Not to mention the fact that we're going to have Supreme Court appointments and there are going to be a whole host of issues that many people care about that are going to be determined by whether or not Democrats control the Senate." [HuffPost]

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Topping the news: A key player in the ongoing saga of former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow is suing the duo alleging they conspired with Bank of America to derail a major foreclosure lawsuit and harmed thousands of Utahns. [Trib]

-> Doug Owens could close the gap against Mia Love to win the congressional race if he can follow Rep. Jim Matheson's playbook of winning over independents and moderate Republicans. Still, it's an uphill climb. [UtahPolicy]

-> Snowboarders are attempting to sue the Alta ski resort under the protection of the 14th amendment after they were turned away from boarding on the resort's slopes. [Trib][DNews]

-> UTA says it's not against adding more extensive services for all Utahns, but it doesn't have the means to make that possible. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @edatpost: "7m Upon landing in DC, flight attendant says: Remember, this is Washington, DC. We have politicians out on the road, be careful."

From @martycarpenter: "Not sure I've ever seen @GovHerbert have more fun than leading @UtahSymphony in The Stars & Stripes Forever."

From @RobertGehrke: "Pro-tip: If you are a politician, don't be photographed smiling in other donor's Italian sports cars. #utpol"

Happy Birthday: To Jennifer Burr-Linn, deputy political director for Every Voice, and to Texas native Kendall Splawn.

In other news: A judge deemed there is a substantial amount of evidence to take a Utah bus driver accused of child molestation to trial and lowered his bail from $5 million to $500,000. [Trib][DNews]

-> A Utah County oil recycler has agreed to a $70,000 fine by state regulators after a fire seriously damaged the facility. [Trib]

-> Shelley Thomas, a West Jordan employee who has worked for the city since 1983, is filing a federal lawsuit against the city and many city officials. [DNews]

-> The attorney of the man who was accused of starting a fire that damaged an apartment building in Salt Lake City in February says that the man's confession was coerced and should be thrown out. [Trib][DNews]

-> Bruce Wisan, the fiduciary over a polygamous trust, has retired from his Salt Lake City firm after allegations of patronizing a prostitute emerged. It's unclear whether he will step down from his fiduciary role. [Trib]

-> Water Canyon School in Hildale, Utah has reopened it's doors and welcomed the FLDS community that once believed education would halt spiritual progression. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on who is really responsible for ISIS renewed strength in Iraq, and you can probably guess who he blames. [Trib]

-> Brenda Hales, Utah's deputy state superintendent, has officially announced her resignation, saying it just felt like the right time. [Trib]

-> NASA will award Utah resident, Patrick Wiggins, with its Distinguished Public Service Medal for the volunteer work he has done throughout Utah and Nevada educating people about space and astronomical occurrences. [DNews]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the crazy talk over impeachment and the border crisis. [DNews]

Nationally: The president of Iraq's recent nomination of a candidate other than current prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, might lead to possibly dangerous repercussions. Maliki made a late-night television appearance stating his disdain, and it has led many to question whether or not he will launch a military coup in order to stay in power. [NYTimes][WaPost][Politico][WSJ][Trib]

-> The CIA has been supplying Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq with weapons in order to fend of Islamist militants. [WaPost][Examiner]

-> After massive looting occurred in Missouri following the protest for a young, unarmed African American boy was shot by a police officer, the FBI has decided to open an investigation to determine any civil rights violations. [WSJ][LATimes][DNews]

-> Many question the ethical dilemma that has been created when an experimental drug created to fight Ebola was given to 3 Westerners but were not administered to any Africans who have been overwhelmingly infected. [Examiner][Trib]

-> An Amtrak secretary was paid $854,460 over almost 20 years by the Drug Enforcement Administration for providing train passengers' confidential information that could have actually been obtained lawfully and for free by the DEA. [Examiner]

-> Sen. John Walsh's decision to step down from the election race may actually prove to help Republicans take over the Senate. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Chris Stewart works the counter at the Pleasant Grove Maverik for the National Association of Convenience Stores, takes a tour of Utah's nonprofit Neighborhood House and the Fourth Street Clinic. Stewart later meets with members of the MS Society and the Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Stephen Coltrin for the Institute for Intrapreneurship and Bud Scruggs, Managing Director at The Cynosure Group.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker holds a department directors meeting, hits a City Council work session, and later hosts at a press conference regarding homelessness response efforts.

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 Mallory Jesperson

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/JespersonM

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