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Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 346 - The technical term is 'wackos'

Ben McAdams is challenging Mia Love for Congress. Does he have a chance to unseat the two-term Congresswoman?...

Bob Bernick's notebook: Separation of powers

All sides GOP Gov. Gary Herbert, Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes and GOP legislative leaders are talking down a possible/likely lawsuit the Legislature may file against Reyes seeking a written-but-never-delivered opinion on whether Herbert overstepped his authority ...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 346

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott analyze the week that was in Utah politics....

Herbert says the jury is still out on Trump's presidency

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that Republican President Donald Trump has been "erratic" in his first ten months in office....

Beg to Differ podcast: Orange is the new red, white, and blue!

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

Win a copy of 'Grant' by Ron Chernow

We're giving away a copy of the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow....

Weekly survey: Medical marijuana

There may be a ballot initiative before Utah voters next year to legalize some types of medical marijuana. Do you think it's time to legalize medical cannabis in Utah, or is more study needed? Let us know in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Senate clears budget resolution to advance tax reform
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released the following statement tonight after Senate passage of H. Con. Res. 71, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Resolution:...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Short, nontechnical and free: Leprechaun Canyon is one of Utah's accessible slot canyon hikes -- Tribune: Erin Alberty: When is a natural wonder too secret to write about?-- Tribune: Erin Alberty: No, that trail-runner i...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Boys and men are also victims of abuse

Editorial: Make foolish anti-vax parents acknowledge the risk

Our Schools Now holds onto majority support, as organizers say signatures are rolling in

Poll: Utahns say Orrin Hatch shouldn't run again, but Mitt Romney should

Gov. Herbert says lawsuit is right way to solve dispute over secret AG's opinion on special election

Gary Ott dies after Alzheimer's battle; former top aide blames his family

Former lawmaker - who drinks 'coffee, water and occasionally alcohol' - appointed to Utah liquor board

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why did Weber High girls make a racist video?

Editorial: Voters should carefully weigh new school district bond measures

These 3 Utah cities ranked among best places to live

NEA president urges Utah educators to take action

Ex-Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott dies, family confirms

Utah submits more details on Lake Powell pipeline licensing

$40 million needed to ready Olympic venues for new bid may not be repaid

Gov. Herbert: 'Honest difference of opinion' over release of A.G. report

Our Schools Now has one-fourth of needed signatures for 2018 ballot initiative

Meeting turns up heat on water, canyon development

Love says McAdams enters congressional race to advance career, not political agenda


Provo mayoral candidates address looming issues including growth and each other (Daily Herald)

Ogden candidate's confiscated political sign flares into larger controversy (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden City hopes new downtown apartments will help push neighborhood's economy (Standard-Examiner)

Mayors rank projects in $5.44 million road funding recommendation (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Bill Clinton sought State's permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision (The Hill)

Fewest Jobless Claims Since 1973 Show Firm U.S. Job Market (Bloomberg)

Judging by Mueller's staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice (The Hill)

LAPD Investigating Rape Claim Against Harvey Weinstein (Variety)

Democratic congresswoman: Women bear some responsibility for sexual assaults (NBC News)

Kelly Delivers Fervent Defense of Trump Call to Soldier's Widow (New York Times)

Bernie Sanders bows out of Women's Convention to make trip to Puerto Rico (CNN)

Bill Clinton accuser Broaddrick slams Lewinsky over '#MeToo' tweet (FOX News)

Appeals court to review judge's order allowing abortion for undocumented immigrant (Washington Post)

Michigan State Police director to work 5 days without pay over Facebook post (Detroit Free Press)

Trump Advisers Are Said to Lean Toward Taylor or Powell for Fed (Bloomberg)

Wise Words


"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Lao Tzu

Lighter Side


"White House Chief of Staff John Kelly gave the daily press briefing today, and said his job is not to control President Trump - it's to FIND President Trump. "Donald, where are you? Time to run the country, big guy. Donald?" Seth Meyer

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