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Daily Briefing

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 296th day of the year. There are 69 days remaining in 2017.

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Poll: Most Utahns oppose building a wall on the Mexico border

Like the rest of America, most Utahns don't want to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

McAdams isn't shying away from what promises to be a rough congressional campaign in 2018

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says he's not worried about the negative campaigning that is inevitably coming his way now that he's decided to challenge Rep. Mia Love next year....

Podcast: Interview with Democratic Congressional candidate Ben McAdams

Democrat Ben McAdams announced his candidacy for Congress last week, mounting a challenge to two-term Republican Mia Love in Utah's 4th CD....

Governor appoints three judges to Third District Court

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Linda Jones, Patrick Corum and Amber Mettler to the Third District Court....

"Political Insiders" say it's time to legalize, not study, medical marijuana

A majority of our "Political Insiders" say that medical use of marijuana should be legal, bucking the mainstream stance that more study is needed before taking that step....

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....

Policy News

Rep. Love cosponsors bill to rein in North Korea
Following threats from North Korea, Congresswoman Mia Love cosponsored bipartisan legislation to impose strong new financial sanctions against North Korea....

Hatch, Wyden seek answers on nursing home responses to recent hurricanes
 Following incidents at several health care facilities during recent natural disasters, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today questioned the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about its new...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: A vote for Granite District's bond is a vote for more iconic Utah high schools to be demolished

Op-ed: By endorsing Republican Curtis for Congress, Tribune endorses sending more dysfunction to Washington

Op-ed: America's electrical power system is under stress

Editorial: It's time for Utah to kill the death penalty

Editorial: Mitt Romney should be a savior for Republicans and run for Senate

Lake Powell Pipeline will require state borrowing and higher water bills, Utah tells federal regulators

Rep. Mia Love starts ahead of Mayor Ben McAdams in high-profile race for 2018 election, poll shows

Utah's Rep. Chris Stewart defends Trump's call to soldier's widow, says it was a compliment

Most Utahns are worried about North Korea's nuclear program, but very few favor a military strike to stop it

Expect Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox to do the unexpected - dump on Trump, reach out to gays, even take on his party's right wing

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Why so many ballot measures, and which will win?

Op-ed: President Trump is doing his best to restore American values

Op-ed: Utah families need payday lending reform

Op-ed: Let's not subject the school board to party politics

Op-ed: Hatch, Lee and the battle over criminal intent

Op-ed: A tax decision for millennials that doesn't require Dad's help

Hal Boyd: Political parties merit support from Mormon millennials, not shrugs

Editorial: Utah must weigh costs and benefits in Olympic bid

Utah jobless rate drops to 3.4 percent

Jon Huntsman Jr. promises to encourage travel between Russia and U.S.

Utah moves to update regulation of oil, gas wells

Lessons from Gary Ott: A difficult beginning, a tragic end - and what's next

Salt Lake already 'ticking all the boxes' for another successful Olympic bid

From Morgan to Draper, school boards asking voters for more than $800M in bonds


Utah County explores Georgia city's model of privatizing government services (Daily Herald)

Motion filed to add Summit County and Park City to Mountain Accord lawsuit (Park Record)

Park City figures tapped for Winter Olympic exploratory committee (Park Record)

National Headlines

Newly Assertive CIA Expands Taliban Hunt (New York Times)

Jimmy Carter Unleashed: Russians Didn't Alter Election, Obama Didn't Deliver, We Didn't Vote For Hillary (Daily Wire)

Byron York: Is tone of Trump-Russia probe changing? (Washington Examiner)

FBI watched, then acted as Russian spy moved closer to Hillary Clinton (The Hill)

Why the Army Can't Forgive Bowe Bergdahl and May Lock Him Up for Life (Daily Beast)

Trump Likely to Block Release of Some JFK Files (Politico)

Trump plans to bring 'biggest tax cuts ever' in US history, praises Kelly (FOX News)

Sanders keeps 'em guessing: Bernie to seek Senate reelection as independent, amid 2020 talk (FOX News)

Mitch McConnell says he'll bring bipartisan health care bill to a vote - if Trump will sign it (Mic)

Trump considers Fed's Powell, economist Taylor to lead central bank (Yahoo News)

Trump Plan for Coal, Nuclear Power Draws Fire From Environmental, Oil Groups (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words


"The only source of knowledge is experience." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side


"Went to see Bruce Springsteen last night [Oct 19th] on Broadway. And you're not going to believe this, he was great. Turns out he's really great. Bruce almost restored my faith in America last night. And then the president tweeted and it was gone again." Jimmy Fallon

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