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Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 289th day of the year. There are 76 days remaining in 2017.

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Half of Utahns say they don't believe the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, but moderates and liberals think they did

Utahns are becoming more skeptical that GOP President Donald Trump's campaign did not "collude" with Russia last year, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

John Curtis's fundraising takes off while Kathie Allen's slows

Republican John Curtis's fundraising has skyrocketed since he won the GOP nomination in August while Democrat Kathie Allen's cash flow has fallen off....

'Political Insiders' say Congress and Utah Lawmakers won't act on gun legislation following Las Vegas shooting

Our "Political Insiders" say they don't expect any action on meaningful gun legislation following the horrific massacre in Las Vegas that left 59 people dead and hundreds injured....

Cook Political Report shifts 4th District slightly toward Democrats

While it's still an uphill climb for Utah Democrats, the Cook Political report says Ben McAdams has a chance to win the seat currently held by Mia Love....

Beg to Differ podcast: Pick a torch!

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

Policy News

Bishop to negotiate defense spending bill
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has announced that Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) will serve on the House-Senate Conference Committee tasked with reconciling the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA.)...

Hatch statement on President Trump's intent to nominate Preston Rutledge to lead Employee Benefits Security Administration
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Preston Rutledge to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration:...

Rep. Rob Bishop statement on appointment of Kathleen Hartnett White as CEQ Chair
President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to chair the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement:...

Housing and transportation prices propel the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index upward in September
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 0.2 percent from August to September on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Kids and families can't afford to wait for CHIP to be renewed

Op-ed: There is no 'great equalizer' without a compassionate educational system

Op-ed: Enter to learn, but leave your rights at the door

Op-ed: It's time to proudly invest in Utah teachers and students

Editorial: Curtis for Congress

Editorial: Gary Ott case warrants an investigation

Utah wildlife officials want to put mountain goats where they haven't been since the ice age - environmentalists say that's a problem

Goodbye, SAGE. Utah Board of Education picks new vendor for statewide testing

Federal Reserve exec: Utah, U.S. economies are on the right path

After reports of Steve Bannon's plan to target Hatch, Gov. Herbert says Utahns 'ought to reject' outside influence

Candidates for Utah's empty congressional seat talk grades and guns in friendly debate

Unpaid bills, police encounters and a retirement account: Judge hears final day of testimony in Gary Ott custody case

South Salt Lake Council starts to take a harder look at where the city's crime is up, where it's down

Utah governor urges appeal of records panel's order on releasing secret legal opinion in 3rd District race

Big majority of Utahns favors banning rapid-fire gun modifications after Las Vegas shooting

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Extremes on both sides roiling U.S. and Utah politics

Op-ed: Do students want long-term debt or limited earning power?

Op-ed: Frivolous Title IX investigations are an insult to real sexual assault victims

Op-ed: A rich Utah financial history fuels growth in Silicon Slopes

Op-ed: It's time to invest in Utah students, educators and schools

Editorial: New HHS Affordable Care Act rule strikes the right balance

Editorial: We support coalition efforts in Western lands debate

Ex-UTA board member pleads not guilty to new charges

SAGE swan song? State School Board picks new testing provider

Gary Ott not safe, finances in 'shambles' under Sanone's care, family says

'Specter of Trump' hangs over 3rd Congressional District debate

Salt Lake bid for 2026 Winter Games gets new push after Innsbruck referendum fails


Utah County attorney to receive hundreds of misdemeanor cases from frustrated Provo (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Why does the Davis Co. Sheriff's Office suddenly need an extra $15 million? (Standard-Examiner)

Municipalities battle it out for $35 million federal road fund pie (Standard-Examiner)

Satanic Temple speaker lays out religious equality arguments (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County manager's budget recommendation hinges on property tax increase (Park Record)

Harvey Weinstein allegations include lurid Sundance encounter in Park City (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump and the dismantling of Obama's legacy (Daily Mail)

Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves (Jakarta Post)

Leader of California Senate to challenge US Sen. Feinstein (ABC News)

Have dirt that could impeach Trump? Larry Flynt will pay you $10 million. (Washington Post)

The ironic, enduring legacy of banning 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for racist language (Washington Post)

Pence, Biden hit the trail in Virginia governor's race (Politico)

Whataburger fires employee who refused to serve police officers (Dallas Morning News)

Fed chair: Hurricanes had 'noticeable' short-term impact on economy (The Hill)

Yellen sounds upbeat on economy, signaling likely rate hike (Associated Press)

Austria likely takes a right turn as 31-year-old minister declares victory in election (CNBC)

Woody Allen worries of Hollywood 'witch hunt' after Weinstein allegations (MarketWatch)

Wise Words


"To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge." Socrates

Lighter Side


"A big story right now is this Vanity Fair article about the White House. They say that Trump's becoming unhinged, and that he recently shouted, "I hate everyone in the White House!" But later, he clarified his remarks, saying, "Except for me. I still like me a lot." Jimmy Fallon

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