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Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 283rd day of the year. There are 82 days remaining in 2017.

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New Utah GOP leadership surveying members, but the questions are loaded ones

The Utah Republican Party, now under new leadership, has sent out email/web-based survey to 80,000 of registered Republicans in the state....

Sutherland Institute head Boyd Matheson reportedly considering a primary challenge to Sen. Orrin Hatch next year

The Sutherland Institute's Boyd Matheson says he's considering a primary challenge to Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2018. The news comes just one day after a group aligned with former White House strategist Steve Bannon said they would recruit a challenger for Hatch next year....

Steve Bannon planning to recruit Hatch challenger in 2018

Allies of former White House adviser Steve Bannon say he is planning to recruit a primary challenger for Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat in 2018....

'Political Insiders' say Count My Vote is ballot initiative most likely to pass

Our "Political Insiders" say the ballot initiative to establish direct primary elections is the most likely to get on next year's ballot and pass....

Beg to Differ podcast: In it to win it!

Bryan Schott and Mike Winder make you the smartest person in the room when you discuss politics....

Is Indigenous People's Day 'brown-washing' history?

The person I think most about on Columbus Day isn't the man himself, but Genghis Khan....

Policy News

Salt Lake City receives IEDC Silver Award for Eccles Theater / Regent Street development
Salt Lake City has received the Silver Award for best Public-Private Partnership (among cities with 25,000-200,000 population) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for the George S. and Dolores Dor Eccles Theater/ Regent Street project....

Hatch, Wyden demand answers on $7.25 million IRS contract with Equifax
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) questioned a recent $7.25 million Internal Revenue Service (IRS) contract awarded to Equifax, which is currently under scrutiny for a massive data breach that exposed the p...

Google Fiber to open signups for residents and small businesses in Northwest Salt Lake City
Continuing with its planned expansion, Google Fiber this week opened signups for residents in Northwest Salt Lake City....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: How the First Amendment is supposed to work

Op-ed: Paving the way for high school students across America

Editorial: Utah gets energy efficient

Utahns love energy efficiency and buy more electric cars per capita than Californians, according to new report

Did testimony from state environmental regulators undermine a lawsuit against a Utah uranium mill?

Ambassador Huntsman's first week a whirlwind with Putin, Trump meetings

State GOP moves to prevent Weber County from punishing signature-gathering candidates

Utah lawmaker wants to end sales of 'bump stocks' like those used by Las Vegas shooter to boost rapid fire

From haircuts to housing, one-day event brings array of services to Salt Lake City's homeless

Utahns met with Trump's top man on Medicaid - only to see him resign the next day. What does Price's exit mean for Operation Rio Grande?

Golf vs. development debate returns to South Jordan on a different course

At ceremonial swearing-in back home, Jon Huntsman says his goal as ambassador is to restore trust between U.S.-Russia

Meet Kathie Allen: the Democratic congressional hopeful, longtime doctor and ... accordion player?

Utah's third largest city has gone 157 years without a female mayor. It won't go 158.

Could Steve Bannon's efforts really unseat Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch?

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Possible strategies employed by some of Utah's top chess masters

Op-ed: Cakeshop case is really about freedom of expression

Op-ed: State school board elections should be nonpartisan

Op-ed: The caucus and convention system had it right

Hannah C. Smith: Trump gives relief to religious Obamacare objectors

Sen. Mike Lee: Utah's manufacturing sector is a middle class family-making machine

Editorial: Hollywood, Hefner and hypocrisy in the sexual revolution

Editorial: UTA's unfortunate new benefits package for top executives

'Help creating hope': Salt Lake's one-stop shop for homeless services debuts

After Shapiro talk, U. considering billing student groups for security

Improved U.S.-Russia relations runs through Ukraine, Jon Huntsman Jr. says

Reports: Hatch added to list of GOP targets by Steve Bannon

Bishop pitches 'common-sense approach' to reforming Antiquities Act

EPA chief starting process to repeal Obama-era Clean Power Plan

Judge tells Beaver County to hold its horses with mismanagement claims


Kathie Allen: Health care does not respond to free market forces (Daily Herald)

Two debates to be held featuring 3rd Congressional District candidates (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Weber School District identifies five projects as priorities (Standard-Examiner)

New nuclear weapons upgrade work brings jobs to Hill Air Force Base (Standard-Examiner)

Park City candidates stir little outward discord (Park Record)

National Headlines

New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun (FOX News)

Ivanka Trump tunes out noise, takes on tax overhaul fight (Associated Press)

Media Give Trump Most Negative Presidential Coverage in 25 Years (Epoch Times)

Michelle Obama In 2013: Harvey Weinstein Is 'A Wonderful Human Being' (The Federalist)

Weinstein sexual harassment controversy exposes Hollywood's double standard (Los Angeles Times)

This die-hard Democratic city is about to turn Republican (New York Post)

If Trump doesn't deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown (Washington Post)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt tells coal miners he will repeal power plant rule Tuesday: 'The war against coal is over' (Washington Post)

Lizz Winstead: 'Really Disappointed' In Obama, Clinton For Not Denouncing Harvey Weinstein (RealClearPolitics)

US Army chief: 'No risk-free options' on North Korea (CNN)

Dianne Feinstein confronts a race for a sixth US Senate term - and her party's shift to the left (Los Angeles Times)

Wise Words


"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." Harry S Truman

Lighter Side

No Change

"O.J. Simpson said that during the nine years he's been in prison, he hasn't really changed at all. Then his parole officer said, "Ohhhkay I guess you're going back to prison." Jimmy Fallon


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