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Daily Briefing

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 318th day of the year. There are 47 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Big majority of Utahns say Confederate monuments should not be taken down

Utahns are not interested in having mostly-Southern states remove their Civil War Confederate monuments, a recent UtahPolicy.com poll finds....

Tax reform will be good for the country

The Republican Congress and Trump administration are to be commended for embarking on a difficult quest to reform the muddled U.S. tax code, simplifying it and giving middle-class Americans a nice tax cut....

A Romney Senate run would set a record for the modern era

If Mitt Romney does run for Senate in 2018, he would be a shoo-in to win a seat in Washington. But, a run would set a record for the longest gap between a losing Senate run and a subsequent victory....

Hatch calls for Moore to withdraw from Senate race

Sen. Orrin Hatch has joined the chorus of Republicans calling on Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to quit the race following allegations he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl....

Policy News

Hatch statement on announcement of Alex Azar to lead Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Alex Azar to serve as HHS Secretary:...

Curtis names Ryan Leavitt Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director
Congressman John Curtis announced that Ryan Leavitt, a long-time Senate legislative staffer, will be joining his Washington, DC office as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director....

Reps. Stewart, Polis, Senators Flake, Heinrich introduce bipartisan legislation to complete parks, wilderness areas and increase revenues for schools
Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT), Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced H.R. 4257, the Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act....

Press release: Hatch adds muscle to DC office
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican in the United States Senate, announced a number of key hires to his Washington office....

Fox Files: 'Section 201'
At 4:50 on Friday we received an email from a site selection consultant with a large, out-of-state firm....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: We can limit gun deaths without offending the Second Amendment

Editorial: Sex ed doesn't belong online

Sex education could move out of the classroom and onto the internet under Utah lawmaker's proposal

In celebratory Utah visit, Trump administration official promotes new Medicaid flexibility that will increase treatment beds

After a generation as Sandy mayor, Tom Dolan - deal-maker supreme - says he has no regrets after election loss

Chaffetz's premature exit set up Utah for yet another problematic special election

After Trump shrinks Bears Ears, it will still be larger than Zion and Bryce combined, says interior secretary

Utah's proudly conservative Black Rifle coffee gets a boost from upset Sean Hannity viewers after Keurig pulls its TV ads

Salt Lake City police want to hire 27 more officers, say Operation Rio Grande is driving the need

A group of Utah politicians want Mitt Romney to run for Senate, replacing Orrin Hatch

Salt Lake County to sue Big Pharma over the toll of opioid addiction

Utah's Rep. John Curtis is sworn into office, casts first votes less than a week after the election

Deseret News

Editorial: Saving victims from domestic violence requires more action

John Curtis sworn in, casts his first vote as Utah congressman

Lawmakers behind effort to push Romney for Senate run say now is the time

Salt Lake County to sue 'Big Pharma' for 'irresponsible' distribution of opioids

Retiring Utah court justice leaves behind pioneering legacy

New legal battle begins over late Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott's estate

Lower legal blood alcohol content for driving would save lives, study shows

Health leader announces Medicaid expansion milestone in Utah visit


John Curtis sworn in as member of 115th Congress (Daily Herald)

Orem state senator launches petition to get Mitt Romney to run for U.S. Senate (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Liberals Are Becoming Knee-Jerk Anti-Trumpists (New Republic)

Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows (Washington Post)

Trump to visit House GOP for in-person tax push (Washington Post)

Former Eli Lilly Executive Is Trump's Choice for Health Secretary (New York Times)

George Bush Snr 'groped 16-year-old girl' during 2003 photo op (BBC News)

Rand Paul: 'No justification' for 'hitting somebody from behind and breaking their ribs' (Washington Examiner)

Joe Biden: 'I'm not closing the door' on a presidential run in 2020 (Today)

Army lifts ban on cutters, mentally ill and drug abusers to meet recruiting goals (FOX News)

Supreme Court takes case on free speech rights of antiabortion counseling centers (Washington Post)

Senate reaches deal to cut number of systemically important banks (Reuters)

Google Is Being Investigated By Missouri Attorney General (Fortune)

Wise Words


"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear." Mark Twain

Lighter Side

Hidden Valley

"The salad dressing company Hidden Valley is now offering actual kegs of ranch dressing. The kegs cost $50 and a lifetime of medical bills." James Corden

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