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Morning Must Reads for Friday, January 6, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 6th day of the year. There are 359 days remaining in 2017.

America, not Mexico, will pay for Donald Trump's border wall. Russian leaders celebrated Trump's win. Joe Biden tells Trump to "grow up."

The clock:

  • 14 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 20 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 62 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 305 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 669 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1397 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. The marketplace of ideas. Bob Bernick argues Gov. Gary Herbert needs to use his political muscle to push some "big ideas" during the next four years [Utah Policy].

  2. Dropping some knowledge. Watch our week in review where Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down what happened in Utah politics [Utah Policy].

  3. Who's gonna pick up the tab? Donald Trump and House Republicans are getting ready to build the wall between the U.S. and Mexico, but the money will come from American taxpayers [Politico]. In an early Friday morning Twitter rant, Trump lashed out at the media, saying he would force Mexico to reimburse the U.S. for the wall [CNN].

  4. Russian election meddling. U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted communications between senior officials in Russia celebrating Donald Trump's win as a victory for Moscow [Washington Post]. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells the Senate Armed Service Committee the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election [Wall Street Journal]. U.S. intelligence sources say they've identified how the Russian government got information to Wikileaks in an effort to tip the election in Trump's favor [CNN].

  5. Savage clap back. Outgoing Vice President Joe Biden rips Donald Trump saying the President-elect needs to "grow up" [PBS].

  6. Jobs report. Economists expect the final monthly job report during Barack Obama's presidency to show a gain of 183,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 4.7% [Wall Street Journal].

  7. Repeal and defund. House Republicans say cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood will be part of the legislation to repeal Obamacare [The Hill].

  8. Ready for the call. Sen. Mike Lee says he would accept a nomination to the Supreme Court if Donald Trump offers it [Deseret News].

  9. Obamacare assault. Utah's members of Congress are chomping at the bit to join the fight to overturn the health care law [Tribune].

  10. An offer you should refuse. The average interest on a payday loan in Utah is 459 percent. That's double what the New York Mafia charged in the 1960's [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1838 - Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.
  • 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.


Today At Utah Policy


Bob Bernick's Notebook: Time for Herbert to Become a 'Big Idea' Guy

Before the Utah Capitol was remodeled, then-Gov. Mike Leavitt had a small “working” office behind his official, ornate office on the 2nd floor west wing....

Everyone is Hopped Up on Antidepressants! Bernick and Schott on Politics #311

We're back after the holiday break! Congress is back in session, and the first thing Utah's four House members did was vote to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. That was even before they started to dismantle Obamacare....

Senator Lee Speaks Against Bears Ears Monument Designation from the Senate Floor

Senator Lee spoke on the Senate floor against the Obama administration’s recent designation of Bears Ears as a national monument, as well as the plans to rescind the designation in the upcoming Congress and with the new administration. ...

Salt Lake City Employees Gain a New, First-time Benefit: Six Weeks Paid Parental Leave

Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced that as of January 1st, 2017, Salt Lake City will provide six weeks of paid parental leave to all full-time employees, extending to birth mothers, fathers, and to those who become parents through adoption or by foster care....

Hatch: Time is Now to Repeal Unworkable and Unaffordable Obamacare

In a speech on the Senate floor coinciding with consideration of a resolution to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said the higher taxes, fewer choices and less access to care resulting from Obamacare ...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics #311

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott analyze the "what" and "why" of the week in Utah politics....

Weekly Survey: Will Republicans Undo Bears Ears?

Last week, President Barack Obama created the Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. Utah Republicans have declared war on the designation, vowing to undo the new monument. Do you think they'll be successful? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News


Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: International history motor group honors Salt Flats -- Tribune: Utah ski resorts offering lesson deals this month Weekend EventsNew Films-- Hidden Figures: Tribune review -- Hunter Gatherer: Tribune review -- A Monster Calls: Tribune review Concerts ...

Hatch Statement on Selection as Chairman of Senate Finance Committee
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement today after the Senate Republican Conference ratified his selection to serve as Chairman on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for the 115th Congress:...

Inversion Mitigation Initiative to Help Businesses Improve Utah's Air Quality
The Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the Utah Clean Air Partnership and TravelWise, launched an Inversion Mitigation Initiative encouraging business leaders to engage employees in simple, voluntary actions that decrease vehicle emissions during the winter inversion sea...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Unpaid property tax is not a loan

Rolly: Utah legislator sees a softer side to Middle East conflict

Taking out a payday loan in Utah? Get ready to pay average interest rate of 459%

Salt Lake City announces paid parental leave for employees

Congressman raises Chinese espionage alarm over deal involving Utah pension fund

Swallow: Host of new witnesses and exhibits leaves no time to prepare for February trial

Utahns in Congress ready to pounce on Obamacare repeal - but effective date might be years off

New private owners block road to Comb Ridge, part of new monument in Utah

Salt Lake City spent $7 million on Simpson Avenue site for planned homeless shelter

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Salt Lake City went about homeless site selection all wrong

Greg Bell: Understanding religion is required to discuss religious freedom

Editorial: Americans should accept the legitimate outcome of elections

President-elect Trump tells Rep. Mia Love he loves Utahns

Former Attorney General John Swallow seeks to postpone his upcoming criminal trial

Salt Lake City employees now get paid parental leave

Sen. Mike Lee says he would accept Supreme Court nomination if Trump asks

Report highlights 2016 challenges, opportunities on Utah's environmental front

Poll: Utahns don't want President-elect Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall

Ballpark area sets new tone on homeless plan; efforts to cut Sugar House site simmer

Other

Editorial: Utah Rep. Brad Dee quit his term early. Ultimately, that doesn't help anybody (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

FBI, Dems bicker over investigation of hacked servers (The Hill)

Four charged with hate crimes for torturing mentally disabled teen on Facebook Live, as Obama calls video 'despicable' (New York Daily News)

Dan Coats, the 'Mister Rogers' Senator Poised to Be Intelligence Chief (New York Times)

Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins crowded field for DNC chair (Washington Post)

US puts Osama Bin Laden son on terror watch list (CNN)

Kentucky House Passes Bill on Right-to-Work (Wall Street Journal)

Trump sits for sworn deposition in Trump Tower (Politico)

Trump Hits Toyota on Mexico as Car Criticism Spreads to Japanese (Bloomberg)

U.S. Likely To Become Net Exporter Of Energy, Says Federal Forecast (NPR)

Donald Trump Nominates Wall Street Lawyer to Head SEC (New York Times)

Trump remains opposed to AT&T-Time Warner deal (The Hill)

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