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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 360 days left in 2016.

North Korea claims they've successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Obama announces executive orders on guns. Utahns don't think new gun restrictions will prevent more terrorist attacks.

The clock:

  • 19 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 26 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 34 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 64 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 76 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 108 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 174 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 307 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. North Korea claims to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb [CNNReutersWashington Post].
  2. A tearful President Barack Obama announces his executive orders to tighten up the nation's gun laws [Reuters, New York Times, Washington Post].
  3. The mother of a Utah shooting victim joined the president for the announcement of the actions on firearms [2 News, Tribune].
  4. A new poll shows most Utahns don't think increased gun regulations will prevent future terrorist attacks [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah lawmakers are trying to find a way to give more bills a committee hearing during the upcoming session while, at the same time, dealing with a record number of bill requests [Utah Policy].
  6. Rep. Joel Briscoe is proposing legislation to let 17-year-olds vote in Utah's June primary if they are 18 by the time the general election rolls around [Associated Press].
  7. A federal court will hear arguments from Utah and Planned Parenthood in March over Gov. Gary Herbert's order cutting off federal funds for the group [2 News, Tribune].
  8. A small, Utah-born political party is part of the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge by an armed group of militiamen [Tribune].
  9. Jeb Bush is apologizing for claiming he won an award from the National Rifle Association that does not exist [Washington Post].
  10. Donald Trump says Ted Cruz's Canadian birthplace could be very troublesome for the GOP if he ends up winning the nomination [The Hill, Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1838 - Samuel F.B. Morse and his partner, Alfred Vail, publicly demonstrated their new invention, the telegraph, for the first time.
  • 1912 - New Mexico joined the United States as the 47th state.
  • 1961 - Vice President Richard Nixon made official that he had been defeated by Sen. John F. Kennedy in one of the closest presidential elections in history.
  • 1994 - Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg in an assault planned by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding.
  • 2001 - Congress certified George W. Bush as the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Government forces taxpayers to subsidize alternative energy

Editorial: State, county far too trusting of coal-to-fuel scheme

South Jordan mayor pulls a fast one, but ploy boomerangs

Poll: Utahns overwhelmingly favor expanded background checks on gun sales

Federal court will hear from Planned Parenthood, Utah attorneys in March

Salt Lake City Council elects James Rogers to be new chairman

‘She’d still be alive:’ Utah mother says Obama’s gun orders could have saved daughter

State environmental regulators resolve to build public support for Utah’s air, water quality in 2016

Small Utah-born political party has rift over Oregon occupation, Mormon church stance

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Donald Trump — Old Republican extreme or new Republican mainstream?

Editorial: It's appropriate to recognize the achievements of outgoing SLC mayor

Gun show owners unclear what Obama orders mean for buyers, sellers

Governor appoints Republican Lincoln Fillmore to Utah Senate

Salt Lake County Council selects new chairman

Salt Lake City Council chooses new leadership

Environmental agency tackles year of challenges

National energy report highlights struggles of Western states' production

Report: Utah student-to-counselor ratio high but improving

Understanding the Oregon protest and standoff

Utahns support expanded background checks for gun buyers


Utah County commissioners hold first meeting of 2016 (Daily Herald)

Kaysville mayor to seek Davis Commission seat (Standard-Examiner)

Governor's proposed budget could be boon for schools (Park Record)

Rep. Kraig Powell prepares for legislative session (Park Record)

Park City Councilors sworn into office during joyous ceremony (Park Record)

State of the City: Mayor Petersen praises by-mail voting, technology, city departments (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump and Cruz send shivers down GOP spines (Politico)

Clinton’s tenuous grasp on Iowa polls (Politico)

Dems split on migrant crackdown (The Hill)

GOP scrambles for response to Obama's gun control actions (The Hill)

Gov. Nikki Haley to deliver GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union (The State)

Obama 'best gun salesman' on Earth: Stock picker (CNBC)

Man behind armed Oregon band says he's on mission from God (Associated Press)

Trump says Cruz’s Canadian birth could be ‘very precarious’ for GOP (Washington Post)

Bernie Sanders Attacks Hillary Clinton Over Regulating Wall Street (New York Times)

Obama administration asks top court to reject Texas abortion law (Reuters)

Five economic fears behind the Chinese stock slide that shook world markets (Los Angeles Times)


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