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Morning must reads for Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 277th day of the year. There are 88 days remaining in 2017.

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McAdams would be a tough opponent for Love

U.S. GOP Rep. Mia Love is clearly worried that Salt Lake County Democratic Mayor Ben McAdams may challenger her next year....

Lawmakers say don't expect new gun restrictions in Utah following Las Vegas Massacre

While the mass murder with 59 dead in neighboring Las Vegas has Utah leaders calling for prayers and aid for the victims and their families, don't look for any Utah state action directly related to the killings....

CYBER24 podcast simplifies cyber issues for business leaders, policy makers

Last year, Ginni Rometty, the chair, president and CEO of IBM, told a developers conference that "data is the next natural resource in this world. And, as a natural resource, it is your basis for a competitive advantage. And, therefore, by definition, cyber is its greatest t...

The villain of higher education is higher education

When speaking to a group of University of Utah students in DC a couple years ago, I had the chance to teach them probably the only conservative idea they'd heard their whole college career....

Weekly survey: Which ballot initiatives are most likely to pass next year?

There could be five ballot initiatives before voters next year. In your opinion, which ones are most likely to make the ballot and win approval from voters? Let us know in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Sens. Lee and Wyden seek answers to surveillance targeting
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Director Dan Coates seeking clarity on which individuals the intelligence community is targeting under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act....

Sutherland Institute and Heritage Foundation host national monuments event
Sutherland Institute and The Heritage Foundation are planning an event this Wednesday, "National Monuments and the Communities They Impact: Views Beyond the Beltway," in Washington, D.C....

Rep. Stewart announces Utah 2nd Congressional District participation in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge
Rep. Chris Stewart's office is excited to announce that Utah's 2nd Congressional District will be participating in the third annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in high school and below. ...

Hatch, Hirono, Lucas, and Heck introduce State Regulatory Representation Clarification Act
US Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) joined Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Denny Heck (D-WA) to introduce the State Regulatory Representation Clarification Act (S.1910)....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Chevron's Fuel Your Schools grants in Utah widened to cover basic student needs such as food, clothing

Federal oil and gas leases mired in protests over pollution worries for Utah's Uinta Basin

Why a federal nominee who lives and works in Utah insists that he's from Colorado

New West Davis freeway receives final green light

Utah lawmakers let parents opt out of vaccinating their kids without having to acknowledge health risks

Big money fueling ballot drives for schools and medical pot and against gerrymandering

After Vegas shooting, Congress to hold off on gun silencer legislation -- for now

Salt Lake City Council votes to have Indigenous Peoples' Day on Columbus Day

Utah Democrats cheer for gerrymandering case at Supreme Court

Will Utah join most of America and pay for long-acting birth control for low-income women?

SLCO Council votes to fund more prosecutors for Operation Rio Grande

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Getting around is cheaper today, but it's not clear why

Jenet Erickson: What millennial, Mormon gender equality really looks like

Op-ed: In search of refuge from the noise of partisan conflict

Editorial: Operation Rio Grande cannot be a success until the revolving door shuts

Putin tells Huntsman current ties between U.S., Russia 'cannot satisfy us'

Legislature working to pave way for driverless cars

Hatch pushing to renew funding for children's insurance law

West Davis highway gets federal stamp of approval

Indigenous Peoples to share holiday with Columbus in Salt Lake City

Wife of Cedar City firefighter among those killed in Las Vegas mass shooting

Mitt Romney endorses John Curtis in 3rd Congressional District race

Debate gets heated, but district attorney gets extra bodies to prosecute Rio Grande cases


Park City Main Street Deli owners recall visits from Bill Clinton (Park Record)

National Headlines

Dems face pressure from left on gun control (The Hill)

I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise. (Washington Post)

Trump sees 'miracle' Puerto Rico survival, ignores critics (Associated Press)

Facing an uphill climb in Alabama Senate race, Democrats hesitate to engage (Washington Post)

Deal or no deal on DACA? Republicans say no. Democrats say not yet. (Washington Post)

Is Mark Cuban Seriously Thinking About Running for President? (Sports Illustrated)

CBS lawyer fired after calling Las Vegas victims 'Republican gun toters' (McClatchy)

US Expels 15 Cuban Diplomats, in Latest Sign Dtente May Be Ending (New York Times)

White House wants to end Social Security numbers as a national ID (Ars Technica)

Yellen's exit would be good news for the dollar (CNBC)

Death of gas and diesel begins as GM announces plans for 'all-electric future' (Chicago Tribune)

Wise Words


"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." George Washington

Lighter Side


"A woman in Colorado says that after someone hit her car, they left an apology note, and half a joint. It got weirder when he came back later and said, "Did I accidentally leave my apology note here?" Jimmy Fallon

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