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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 36 days left in 2015.

Protesters hit the street in Chicago. Sanders has a chance of beating Clinton in Utah. Lawmakers will have to decide if Starbucks can serve liquor in some Utah stores.

The clock:

  • 61 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 68 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 76 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 107 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 118 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 150 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 217 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 349 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Chicago police released dash-cam video footage of an officer allegedly shooting 17-year-old Laquan MacDonald in 2014. Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets following the release. The officer has been charged with first-degree murder [NBC ChicagoWashington Post, The Hill].
  2. Tensions are rising after Russia's foreign minister says Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane was a "planned provocation" [Washington Post, Reuters].
  3. Donald Trump's campaign says the media is hiding evidence of his claim that he saw "thousands and thousands" of Muslim Americans cheering the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey [The Hill].
  4. Bernie Sanders could use support from Millennials and independent voters to beat Hillary Clinton in Utah [Utah Policy].
  5. The Utah Legislature will have to decide on Starbucks' request to serve liquor in five stores [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  6. There are new barriers and other security measures at the Utah State Capitol [Deseret News].
  7. A new poll shows 51% of Utahns approve of Sen. Orrin Hatch's job performance while just 46% feel that way about Sen. Mike Lee [Tribune].
  8. Elder Russell M. Ballard returns from visiting refugee shelters in Europe [2 News].
  9. The Salt Lake County Council gives preliminary approval to Mayor Ben McAdams' 2016 budget proposal [Tribune].
  10. Six in ten Americans don't want the U.S. to allow Muslim refugees from Syria into the country, but 56% say Christian refugees should be permitted [Roll Call].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 - More than 6,000 British troops evacuated New York City after signing the peace treaty ending the Revolutionary War.
  • 1963 - President John F. Kennedy, assassinated in Dallas three days earlier, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • 1973 - President Richard Nixon ordered the national highway speed limit cut from 70 mph to 55 mph to reduce gasoline usage.
  • 1986 - President Ronald Reagan announced the resignation of national security adviser John Poindexter and the firing of Marine Lt. Col. Oliver Nort in the aftermath of the secret, illegal Iran arms sale.
  • 1999 - Six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzales was rescued by a pair of fishermen off the coast of Florida.

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U Law Professor and Students Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Take on Case of Robert Cameron Houston
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Pay for Success model changes lives

Editorial: Moab leasing plan represents a realistic compromise

Starbucks liquor license may be up to Legislature

Poll: Half of Utahns approve of Hatch’s job, 46% of Lee’s performance

Utah solar-production company actually a tax ‘sham,’ feds say

Salt Lake County plans to OK McAdams’ budget — for the most part

Expiring incentives, price drops expected to boost solar installation

Deseret News

Op-ed: Tax extenders are among worst examples of American corporate welfare

Richard Davis: Government — is it something to be thankful for?

Editorial: More retail workers being allowed time to give thanks with families

Utah liquor commission going slow on Starbucks' request to sell beer, wine

Utah consumer attitudes still upbeat about local economy

New barriers, other security measures to protect Utah Capitol


Vineyard rolls dice to decide new councilman (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Are more Utah teachers sexually exploiting their students? (Standard-Examiner)

Tal Adair joins County Council (Park Record)

National Headlines

Putin Is Testing Our Resolve (Politico)

Is Turkey Really at the Table? (Politico)

Obama draws criticism for doubling down on current ISIS strategy (The Hill)

Rubio budget win is dealing heavy blow to ObamaCare (The Hill)

Clinton says her use of term 'illegal immigrant' was a 'poor choice of words' (CNN)

Russian rescue helicopter 'shot down by Syrian rebels' while searching for pilots of plane downed by Turkey (Mirror)

Global refugees take long detours through Latin America to reach the US (Guardian)

Why some conservatives say Trump talk is fascist (CNN)

Why this governor just restored voting rights to most felons (Washington Post)

Sanders Outlines Plan to Overhaul Immigration Laws (Associated Press)

U.S. appeals court withholds release of memos on targeted killings (Reuters)


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"Campbell’s is recalling over 300,000 cans of SpaghettiOs. Turns out, they contain a very dangerous substance called “SpaghettiOs.” Conan O'Brien Political Humor

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