Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 286th day of the year. There are 79 days remaining in 2017.
4 days until ballots for the 2017 general election are mailed to voters (10/17/2017)
25 days until the 2017 election (11/7/2017)
101 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
146 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
389 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1,117 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today's political TL; DR -
Steve Bannon, Orrin Hatch, Rocky Anderson, Jackie Biskupski, and Donald Trump all show up in our rundown of the week that was. Watch as Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down what happened this week and why [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast version of that discussion if you prefer [Utah Policy].
Bob Bernick says recent poll numbers show Utahns don't have much confidence in President Donald Trump or Congress [Utah Policy].
Former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott was diagnosed with an advanced form of Alzheimer's disease before the 2014 campaign [Deseret News, Tribune].
The State Records Committee orders Attorney General Sean Reyes to release the legal opinion about the special election to replace Jason Chaffetz requested by the Legislature [Deseret News, Tribune].
A Koch-brothers funded group opposed to the Our Schools Now ballot initiative launched their campaign against the proposal [Deseret News].
Republican John Curtis is taking issue with a post on social media from Democrat Kathie Allen, his opponent in November's special Congressional election, saying it wrongly suggests the Mayor is sympathetic to the white supremacist alt-right movement [Tribune].
Rep. Chris Stewart taps Chris Harmer as his new chief of staff [Utah Policy].
The Utah State School Board approves a program to give some school children the opportunity to see the blockbuster musical "Hamilton" when it comes to Salt Lake City next year, but that did not come without objections to some of the content in the show [Deseret News, Tribune].
A new analysis shows Utahns are waiting longer to get married and have children, which means smaller families [Deseret News, Tribune].
President Donald Trump reportedly will extend the March 5 deadline for the DACA program if Congress does not act [Washington Post].
President Trump plans to scrap government subsidies that help insurance companies pay costs for low-income people in yet another effort to destabilize the Affordable Care Act [New York Times].
President Donald Trump will announce a new, more aggressive policy toward Iran that could include more sanctions related to that country's support for terrorist networks and its ballistic missile program [CNN].
The head of a government agency tasked with conducting background checks says he has "never seen that level of mistakes" when asked about the omissions in White House adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance application [CNN].
The IRS has temporarily suspended a $7 million no-bid contract they gave to Equifax following reports the credit agency's website may have been breached a second time [Politico].
Twitter may have deleted data related to Russian agents who allegedly used the platform to help Donald Trump's presidential bid. The loss of that data may hamper the investigation into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election [Politico].
Russian operatives used the popular mobile game "Pokemon Go," as well as YouTube and Tumblr to influence voters during the 2016 election [CNN].
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has revived an arcane military ritual at the agency's headquarters which involves raising or lowering a special flag to indicate whether he is in the building or has left [Washington Post].
The toll from the wildfires sweeping across northern California continues to rise. 31 people are dead, which is the most from a single wildfire in state history [New York Times].
On this day in history:
54 - Emperor Claudius dies from poisoning under mysterious circumstances; his 17-year-old stepson Nero succeeds him.
1269 - The present church building at Westminster Abbey is consecrated.
1792 - The cornerstone of the White House is laid. It would be November 1800 before the first presidential family - that of John Adams - moved in.
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