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Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 317th day of the year. There are 48 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Most Utahns agree with Trump when he says 'both sides' are to blame for the violence in Charlottesville

Most Utahns agree with GOP President Donald Trump when he said "both sides" were responsible for violence in a recent white supremast incident in Charlottesville, Va., a recent UtahPolicy.com poll finds....

In tax reform debate, Congress should scrutinize credit union tax exemption

 The U.S. Congress is pushing hard on tax reform. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is a key leader on this issue. The nation's tax code badly needs restructuring....

Should there be a law requiring social media companies to remove 'fake news'?

There is a sharp divide between our "Political Insiders" about whether the government should step in to stop "fake news" from spreading on social media....

Democrats add Love's seat to list of 2018 targets

The campaign arm of Democrats in Congress is adding Rep. Mia Love's 4th CD to their list of targeted seats in 2018....

Guest opinion: Why I changed my mind about the death penalty

I've always supported the Death Penalty. And I think in principle, in a perfect world, it could be considered a valid form of justice....

Policy News

Snap Inc. chooses Utah for future expansion
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced that Snap Inc. will expand operations to Utah, adding up to 50 new jobs....

TaskEasy chooses to expand In Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced that Utah-based TaskEasy will expand in the state, adding up to 191 jobs, $5.3 million in new state revenue and an estimated $6.5 million in capital investment....

Carta selects Utah for future expansion
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced that eShares Inc., doing business as Carta, will expand operations to Utah, adding up to 464 jobs, $5.7 million in new state revenue and an estimated $5.7 million in capital investment....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Congress should follow Utah's principles of sound tax reform

Holly Richardson: Let's support veterans more than just once a year

Jim Dabakis: The Utah Medicaid expansion deserves only scorn

Editorial: A charter school example

Voters give OK to $650M in local school bonds. Will they do the same for statewide $715M Utah education proposal?

Herriman's future growth plan may be up to city voters

Sen. Mike Lee pulls endorsement of Alabama's Roy Moore while Mitt Romney calls the Senate candidate 'unfit for office'

Provo City makes plans to fill hole left by departing Mayor and Congressman-elect John Curtis

Western members of Congress to Trump: Erase Utah's Bears Ears, 8 other monuments

State reopens express-lane toll website after security patch

Utah lawmaker hoping to 'recruit Romney,' launches petition urging former presidential hopeful to run for Senate

Ryan Zinke, first Interior secretary in nearly 50 years with military background, spends Veterans Day cleaning the Vietnam Wall, praising vet

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Lessons of recent elections and Count My Vote switcheroo

Val Hale: Utah is better and stronger when businesses and government work together

Op-ed: How to help women get off the leadership sidelines

Op-ed: Pressure to push medical marijuana might just backfire

Op-ed: Congressional tax proposal welcomes investment back to US

Op-ed: Can Utah achieve top status in education excellence?

Count My Vote: Allow the people of Utah to choose their officials

Editorial: President Matt Holland leaves behind an impressive legacy as he accepts a call to serve

State says Express Pass flaw fixed, site back online

Mitt Romney may be making moves to run for Senate

Democratic committee targeting Utah Rep. Mia Love's seat

S.L. mayor promises changes to handling of nonemergency calls

Microsoft CEO lauds Utah at Technology Council Hall of Fame Gala

State set to begin Rural Health Week, touts lack of rural hospital closures in Utah

Utah cannabis research: Providing answers or just a smokescreen?

Utah grants aid startup firms through 'valley of death' period


Editorial: Utah County voters are headed in the right direction as they move the needle (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Now let's develop a school bond proposal the entire community can support (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden school bond's failure muddies things, but most say upgrades still needed (Standard-Examiner)

As women pick up seats nationwide, Utah counterparts underrepresented in public office (Logan Herald Journal)

Rep. Potter proposes special ed stipend (Logan Herald Journal)

Park City voters complete Andy Beerman's rise to mayor's office (Park Record)

National Headlines

Partisan divide grows in US states, with mixed results (Associated Press)

Turns out Trump didn't ruin America's economy (New York Post)

Trump to meet Philippines' controversial Duterte (AFP)

The Individual Mandate Is The Worst Tax Ever (Wall Street Journal)

How the ex-DNC chair ruined Clinton's chance at 2020 (New York Post)

SNL hits the nail on the head: The DNC is old and out of touch (Washington Post)

Biden on 2020: 'Not sure it's the appropriate thing' to do (ABC News)

Tom Steyer's impeachment movement could help Tom Steyer (and that's about it) (Los Angeles Times)

Tom Perez: 'I am not talking about impeachment' (The Hill)

US carries out 3 drone strikes against extremists in Somalia (Associated Press)

Bill Gates firm buys Arizona land for $80 million to create 'smart city' (FOX News)

Wise Words


"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence." Abigail Adams

Lighter Side

Suck Up

"Why is Trump complimenting China? I feel like this is part of Trump's strategy to suck up to the Chinese people until they finally tell him how they built their wall." James Corden

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