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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pauses while speaking about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group during a roundtable on workforce development at Goodwin College, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
News roundup: Joe Biden hosts secret fundraisers for fellow Dems

Biden holds secret fundraisers for fellow Dems. Rand Paul teams with Utahns for Guatemala trip. Utah Debate Commission names hosts.

Happy Tuesday. President Barack Obama has raised cash for fellow Democrats at fundraisers across the country but Vice President Joe Biden is also helping fellow Democrats with donations, even if his efforts are largely secret. Biden has been holding several under-the-radar events with contributors where attendees are warned not to tweet or Facebook, or even email. [Politico]

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Topping the news: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined University of Utah ophthalmologists on a charity trip to Guatemala that Donald Trump helped fund to the tune of $10,000. [Trib] [WaPost]

-> The Utah Debate Commission has selected broadcast veterans Ken Verdoia and Barbara Smith as well as BYU political scientist David Magleby to host public forums for congressional and attorney general candidates. [Trib]

-> Utahns want students to be college ready upon high school graduation but also want them to be career worthy at the same time, a new poll shows. [UtahPolicy]

-> A federal judge on Monday ordered the FBI to investigate possible witness tampering in a trial over a Utahn's lawsuit about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @HowardKurtz: "British Embassy apologizes for cheeky tweet about burning the White House 200 years ago. Guess Twitter war beats real one"

In other news: The Sandy City Council will vote tonight on whether to change the city's firearm laws to allow the carrying of a gun in public places. [Trib]

-> Protestors assembled in downtown Salt Lake City for the fourth time in two weeks over officer-involved shootings in Utah and nationwide. [Trib]

-> Federal, state, and Mexican government officials are offering workshops this Labor Day weekend to educate undocumented immigrants and temporary farm workers about basic labor rights. [Trib]

-> Utahns are against Common Core scholastic standards even though they don't fully comprehend them. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A community discussion regarding homelessness in Salt Lake City will take place this Wednesday at the city library. [Trib]

-> The Lieutenant Governor's Office is appealing a state judge's order for a new Republican primary in Millard County, arguing that the judge doesn't have the power to overturn an election. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley takes on the idea of House Speaker Becky Lockhart as state school superintendent. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the mixed results over Utahns' attitudes toward same-sex marriages and why residents come down against such unions but for anti-discrimination laws. [DNews]

Nationally: President Barack Obama has approved the use of air surveillance over Syria as a prelude to potential airstrikes. [NYTimes][WSJ]

-> Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly been working together to launch airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias who are vying for control over Libya and Tripoli without informing officials in Washington. [NYTimes][WaPost]

-> According to a recent poll, most Americans are not in favor of Mitt Romney running a third time for President. [YouGov]

-> Sen. Harry Reid calls Nevada legislators cowards for not outlawing prostitution throughout the state. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Mt. Nebo Water officials, holds a roundtable with Utah Technology Council, hits a meeting at Goldman Sachs, and visits with Reddit representatives.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert discusses his education excellence initiative, greets Heritage Elementary School 5th graders, and meets to review the recent Tribal Council.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joins the discussion on education excellence, attends a governor's leadership meeting, and ends his day at the Elephant Club summer social.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams is present for a Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors meeting and then attends a County Council meeting.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with department directors, attends certificate of determination signing, and a City Council work session.
  • President Barack Obama heads to Charlotte, N.C., to speak at the American Legion's 96th annual convention and later meets with Secretary of State John Kerry.

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-- Thomas Burr and Mallory Jesperson

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