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News roundup: After Snowden, judges balk at broad data requests

Published April 25, 2014 6:56 am

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In wake of Snowden, judges balk at broad data requests. Utah's political leaders urge caution on public land debate. Bundy's racial comments leave him politically lonely.

Happy Friday. Law enforcement officials are used to friendly judges approving sweeping requests for data in the vein of investigations, but more and more federal magistrates are turning down such broad asks. The move comes after leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revived the debate about privacy and it appears the concern is sticking. A D.C. federal judge recently wrote that a law enforcement request for the entire content of an email account was "repugnant." [WaPost]

Topping the news: Utah's political leaders are urging caution in the wake of the Cliven Bundy standoff, arguing protests against public land use shouldn't turn violent. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [KUTV] [UtahPolicy]

-> Rep. Rob Bishop, meanwhile, calls Bundy's racial comments "degrading." [Trib]

-> According to a new study, legalizing same-sex marriage would generate $15.5 million in wedding spending in Utah. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @PoliticoRoger: "I have never met a man named Cliven whom I have liked."

Happy Birthday: To former state Rep. David Litvack and on Saturday to state Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, and on Sunday to Gordon Larsen, the legislative director for Rep. Chris Stewart, and to state Rep. Don Ipson, R-St. George.

In other news: Gov. Gary Herbert said helping the Mexican economy may be the best way to stop illegal immigration. [Trib]

-> Herbert also said he supports grading Utah's schools, but a single letter grade is not adequate for the job. [KUER]

-> Justin Fawson will take over Rep. Ryan Wilcox's House seat after Herbert appointed him Thursday. [Trib]

-> Herbert's chief of staff, Derek Miller, will step down to take over Utah's World Trade Center. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Paul Rolly discusses another campaign mailer issue and a challenge to 100 state GOP delegates. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the Cliven Bundy fan club. [Trib]

-> A Texas columnist says there is no comparison between the cases of Cliven Bundy and Warren Jeffs. [Trib]

-> State Sens. Jim Dabakis and Todd Weiler talk about ethics and the upcoming state conventions. [ABC4]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the state party conventions tomorrow and the latest damning report about former AG Mark Shurtleff. [UtahPolicy]

-> Western Republican leaders met in SLC yesterday. [DNews]

-> Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, wants to expand benefits for the families of fallen officers. [ABC4]

-> The armed standoff between BLM officers and ranchers ended over a week ago, but the issue of public land ownership is going to be around for a while. [KUER]

-> A new U. study gave grades to SL County cities based on how friendly and cost-effective they are for real-estate developers. [Trib]

-> Pilots from Hill Air Force Base trained along the F-35 for the first time. [Trib]

Nationally: Cliven Bundy has lost some political friends after his remarks about African-Americans. [WaPost]

-> The feds are preparing to take over the Oregon's broken health insurance exchange. [WaPost]

-> The FCC is likely to see even more intense lobbying after the agency announced a proposed Internet fast line. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks to the Utah Hospital Association.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams offers remarks at the Stand Against Racism event, hits the Unified Fire Authority Finance Committee meeting, and the United Way of Salt Lake Young Leaders event. On Saturday he volunteers with family at Comcast Cares Day, attends a press event for SL Co.'s One Million Trees program and attends the State Democratic Convention.

President Barack Obama meets staff from the United States Embassy in Japan, hits a farewell with the Emperor and Empress of Japan, travels to Seoul, South Korea, and participles in naturalization and wreath laying ceremonies at the National War Memorial.

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— Thomas Burr and Topher Webb Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/topherjwebb