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Daily Briefing

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 324th day of the year. There are 41 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Herbert seemingly supports new Count My Vote initiative

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert tells UtahPolicy that he will not endorse nor oppose any of the proposed 2018 ballot propositions....

'Political Insiders' say Roy Moore should drop out of the Alabama Senate race

Our "Political Insiders" say Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should step down amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct....

Mia Love says harassment claims shouldn't be politicized (with video)

Rep. Mia Love says the recent wave of sexual harassment claims against prominent politicians should not be used for political gain because it hurts those who are already victims....

Chaffetz says there should be a political 'death penalty' for sexual misconduct, even though he voted for Trump

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Sunday proposed a kind of political "death penalty" for elected officials who engage in sexual misconduct, even if it happened before they were elected to office....

Legendary Bob Woodward speaks at U: "This is the final exam for democracy."

Things are so bad right now for the White House, the Congress, both parties, and the press that we are facing "the final exam for democracy."...

Guest opinion: How schools can reject the "Deficit Model"

Education, above all things, should be a humane process focusing on the one and taking into account individual circumstances....

Love/McAdams race tightening up

In the latest sign that Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams poses a serious threat to Rep. Mia Love in 2018, the Cook Political Report has shifted their assessment of the race toward the Democrat for the second time....

Hatch unloads on Democrat's claim that Republicans only help the rich (with video)

Sen. Orrin Hatch has had it with Democrats claiming Republicans only want to help wealthy Americans....

Policy News

New Hatch foreign policy advisor adds expertise on terrorism, national security
This week, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, announced the hiring of Dr. Jacob Olidort, a renowned national security and international relations expert....

Governor appoints Camille Neider to Second District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Camille Neider to the Second District Court....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: D.C. hopes Curtis will be a new kind of leader

Editorial: Time to put out the fireworks

Utah's October job growth rate was OK, but it's been better the past few years

Utah's representatives don't want to tax tuition waivers, but they voted to do it anyway

Utah's hepatitis A outbreak among the homeless is one of three big flare-ups around the country

Gehrke: Hatch's tax bill is a ticking bomb and when it goes off, it will increase what many Utahns pay

A South Salt Lake audit looking into use of public funds was estimated to take three weeks. Four months - and an election - later, it's still unfinished.

Congress pushes back on Interior plan that would more than double national park fees - and hurt Utah families, Rep. Love says

Will Ben McAdams be part of a 'Democratic wave' and win Utah's contested 4th Congressional District?

Utah Navajos will soon have more political power in San Juan County, though some don't like the changes

Air pollution in Salt Lake City is heavier on the west side than the east.

Republican tax bills threaten incentives for affordable housing - one of Utah's top issues

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: The political machinations of Hatch re-election - or retirement

Op-ed: Utah is poised to be a shining example of lifting children out of poverty

Natalie Gochnour: Utah economic advice - stop, look and listen

Op-ed: Olympic dreams should be governed by tough transparency rules

Editorial: It's getting hard to remember times of bipartisan cooperation

Editorial: Balancing growth and preservation in suburban Utah is no easy task

Utah jobless rate at 3.3 percent

Sen. Orrin Hatch goes off on colleague during tax reform debate

Trump flashes the U during White House event honoring Utes' ski team

Carbon County leaders rethinking 707% tax increase after outrage

Should Utah's electoral votes for president go to winner of the national popular vote?

Retired jurist Christine Durham credits family, faith and colleagues for her trailblazing career

Emery, Box Elder counties among feds' top targets for algal bloom funding

Salt Lake City Council ready to pull the plug on Wingpointe Golf Course


Editorial: Effort to make Summit County's voice heard on Capitol Hill is encouraging (Park Record)

Canvass confirms Beerman as Park City's mayor-elect (Park Record)

National Headlines

Strong economy boosts Trump among otherwise skeptical voters (Los Angeles Times)

Why no one is talking about Trump's game-changing deal (New York Post)

Europe's Merkel, Macron, May less popular than Trump (Washington Examiner)

The Hillary Effect (New York Times)

Border Patrol Agent Killed, Another Injured in 'Attack' (NBC News)

As clock ticks on tax bill, White House signals a compromise (Washington Post)

Iraq, a family dynasty and George H.W. Bush's secret pain over his son's complicated legacy (Politico)

A dying vet needed CPR. Hidden video shows his nurse laughing instead. (Washington Post)

Keystone XL Day of Reckoning Comes to Nebraska After a 9-Year Pipeline Fight (Bloomberg)

Would Rupert Murdoch break up his empire? (BBC News)

Fed Chairman Powell will keep rates low - he has no choice (The Hill)

Wise Words


"Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility." Peter Drucker

Lighter Side

Breaking News

"It just came out that as many as four elected officials have NOT been accused of sexual harassment." Jimmy Fallon

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