Hillary Clinton's book "Hard Choices" is out today and with it a slew of stories about her time as secretary of state and her life as first lady and senator. When it comes to the former job as the nation's top diplomat, her record is mixed, and being dissected by everyone as she eyes a presidential spot. But who was the last secretary of state to leave a substantial legacy? It's been a while. [Politico]
Topping the news: An attorney for the Salt Lake City police officer who supposedly refused to work at the Utah Pride Parade said the allegations are incorrect and that the officer only asked for a "less conspicuous" role in the parade. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13]
-> Utah officials plan to take the same-sex marriage case to the U.S. Supreme Court if their request for a stay, specifically intended to stop gay couples from filing for benefits, is denied. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL]
-> Salt Lake City officials decided to turn down their chance at hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, despite being a finalist for the position. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
-> Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt may not run for the Senate in 2016, according to friends. [UtahPolicy]
Tweet of the day: From @JeffStenquist: "Pretty sure the @CIA is following more than 25 people."
Happy Birthday: To Chris "Sully" Sullivan of Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson's office.
In other news: The Salt Lake City Council sent a letter to the Days of '47 Parade organizers to question their exclusion of Mormons Building Bridges, although the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah asked them not to. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert was one of eight western governors to conference with President Barack Obama to discuss wildfires. [Trib] [WaPost]
-> Paul Rolly compares the current newspaper debate with The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret News to a shady sugar deal in Utah in the mid-1900s. [Trib]
-> An audit ranks the Salt Lake VA in ninth place in the longest wait times in veterans hospitals in the nation. [DNews] [KUTV]
-> South Jordan City Councilmember Steve Barnes was formally asked to not attend a council meeting due to an alleged conflict of interest on the Mulligans Golf and Games issue. [KUTV]
Nationally: A national audit on veterans hospitals shows that more than 57,000 patients were left waiting for more than three months. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]
-> In an interview with Diane Sawyer from ABC News, Hillary Clinton asserted she is not the one to blame on Benghazi, adding, "I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions." [WaPost] [Politico] [LATimes]
-> President Barack Obama hopes to ease the burden of student debt with his latest executive order regarding loans. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]
-> Obama vowed to reform the economy, education, climate change and health care, and some are saying he's now done it all. [NYMag]
-> A City Council in Massachusetts had an unexpected evacuation as it started to vote on taking control of a local water company; it turns out a lobbyist pulled the fire alarm to stop the vote. [Telegram]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends a music licensing hearing and later a disability hearing, meets with Rep. Lamar Smith and later Chairman Dave Camp, speaks with the CEO of Snowbird and talks with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox goes to a Constitutional Defense Council meeting and participates in a policy meeting.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams speaks at the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors retreat, attends a County Council meeting and later a citizen meeting.
- SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with Michael Purdy, attends a press conference, goes to the City Council meeting and speaks with Lane Beattie of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.
- President Barack Obama signs legislation, delivers remarks at a Tumblr event and meets with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Vice President Joe Biden.
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner