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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, November 13, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 48 days left in 2015.

Trump hammers Carson in Iowa. Herbert might support a new national monument in Utah. Sen. Aaron Osmond is stepping down to take over UCAT.

The clock:

  • 73 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 80 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 88 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 119 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 130 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 162 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 229 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 361 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump unleashes an amazing 95-minute rant during a campaign rally in Iowa that targeted, among others, new GOP frontrunner Ben Carson [Washington Post, New York Times].
  2. A new poll shows Democrats think Hillary Clinton would be more efficient than Bernie Sanders at passing her agenda [New York Times].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert says he would back a new national monument in the state if it were part of a larger compromise on public lands [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  4. There's a lot of backbiting among Utah Democrats following the special election that sent Rep. Lynn Hemingway back to the legislature [Utah Policy].
  5. DCFS is appealing a judge's ruling that a foster child should be removed from the care of a lesbian couple [KUTV, Fox 13, Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Sen. Aaron Osmond announces he is stepping down from the legislature to become president of the Utah College of Applied Technology [Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Rep. Rob Bishop is nonplussed by a television ad from an environmental group critical of his efforts to reform the Land and Water Conservation Fund [Deseret News]. 
  8. Former Attorney General John Swallow hires a new attorney to defend him on public corruption charges [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake City launches a pilot program to restrict on-street parking on heavy snow days [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A panel supports renewing the Utah State Fair's lease on the State Fairpark and putting up to $10 million toward improving the property [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1956 - The Supreme Court upheld a federal district court's ruling in Browser v. Gayle that segregation on interstate buses was unconstitutional. 
  • 1967 - Carl Stokes became the first black U.S. mayor when he was elected in Cleveland.
  • 1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 1998 - President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
  • 2001 - Afghanistan's ruling Taliban abandoned the capital Kabul without a fight, allowing U.S.-backed northern alliance fighters to take over the city.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Think first, re-write the Constitution later (or not at all)

Utah Dems elect former Rep. Lynn Hemingway to replace disgraced House District 40 Rep. Justin Miller

Utah Boy Scout donations plummet, will bring layoffs

Construction next door took toll on Capitol Theatre facade

Same-sex foster parents, state petition court to reverse order to give up infant

Rolly: Utah Republicans strike out again in nonpartisan races

Group agrees on need to preserve Utah State Fair, spruce up fairgrounds

Herbert open to new S. Utah monument as part of broader compromise

Ex-Utah Attorney General John Swallow hires new lawyer

Herbert backs asking high court to rule on Utah election law

Utah Sen. Osmond stepping down to lead state’s beleaguered tech college network

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: It's time for comprehensive, long-term education reform and funding

Op-ed: A fiscally responsible, flexible way forward in Utah's health care

Editorial: Media coverage of demise of Keystone pipeline doesn't tell the full story

Rep. Rob Bishop says attack ad means he's on right track with land fund bill

Utah ranks No. 1 in clean energy job creation

Gov. Herbert would back new national monument as part of compromise

Ex-AG John Swallow hires new attorney to fight public corruption charges

Utah congressman finds leak of Russian nuclear torpedo plans 'fishy'


Memo shows Bountiful staff urged council to vote no on land swap (Standard-Examiner)

Collaborative effort: Private, public leaders talk valley growth in Cache Summit (Logan Herald Journal)

Former Leavitt chief of staff appointed to USURF board (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Clinton email companies rebuff Senate investigators (Politico)

Bernie Sanders never thought it would get this far (Politico)

Obama may reach the limit of his powers on Guantánamo (The Hill)

Iowa, New Hampshire battles heat up for Republican field (The Hill)

Sexting Arrest Latest Embarrassment for Secret Service (Associated Press)

Pentagon removes senior adviser over alleged misconduct (The Hill)

Ben Carson West Point controversy divides Republicans: Reuters/Ipsos poll (Reuters)

Donald Trump begs Iowans not to believe Ben Carson: ‘Don’t be fools, okay?’ (Los Angeles Times)

The dark, complex history of Trump's model for his mass deportation plan (Los Angeles Times)

Clinton releases plan to help coal country adapt to climate (Associated Press)

Muslim Arrested by FBI for Sharing an ISIS GIF (Daily Beast)


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