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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - November 26, 2014

Obama threatens to veto tax deal. Utah agrees to scrap tough immigration law. Is there a tax coming to fund public schools?


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 61
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 106
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 258
  • Days to the 2015 election - 342
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 418
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 713

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson does his first interview following the fatal shooting of a black teenager last summer [CNN].
  2. Barack Obama threatens to veto a $400 billion tax deal because it's too generous to big companies [Politico].
  3. The EPA is set to unveil new regulations to curb ozone emissions [New York Times].
  4. Utah agrees to scrap most of a tough immigration law passed by lawmakers in 2011 [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Rep. Jack Draxler is proposing a tax hike to increase funding for public schools [Tribune].
  6. The Salt Lake County Council signs off on most of Mayor Ben McAdams' $1.1 billion budget proposal [Tribune].
  7. Utah will bay $95,000 in legal fees for the plaintiffs in a successful suit to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Deseret News].
  8. The Salt Lake City Council makes some changes to city ordinances to better deal with rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank vows to end the backlog of rape evidence kits by Christmas [Tribune].
  10. West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo is in favor of his officers wearing body cameras [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - A day of Thanksgiving was set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing.
  • 1950 - China entered the Korean War, launching a counter-offensive against solders from the United Nations, the United States and South Korea.
  • 2000 - Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified Republican George W. Bush as the winner over Democrat Al Gore in the state's presidential balloting by 537 votes.

Today At Utah Policy

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Featured Items

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Gov. Herbert Declares Nov. 29 Small Business Saturday
The holiday shopping season is set to begin and retailers are counting on big sales to end the year. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rep. Stewart: Tribune needs a healthier distrust of government

Editorial: The party strikes back against SB54

Utah scraps most of 'show me your papers' immigration law

Council endorses bulk of McAdams' budget

West Valley City police chief backs body cameras

GOP lawmaker calls for tax increase to fund education

Uber, Lyft face bumpy road ahead in Salt Lake City

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah needs Congress to kill the PTC

Richard Davis: Remember to give thanks for freedoms

Jay Evensen: How to save America - get politicians to express gratitude for each other

Editorial: Ferguson misses its chance to make a difference

Consumer optimism at record high in Utah, report says

State, plaintiffs' attorneys enter final settlement over Utah's immigration enforcement law

GOP plans to sue over Count My Vote compromise

Landslide remediation plans emerge amid frustration in community


Under fire, Park City repeals sections of its gun laws (Park Record)

Editorial: Democrats' Keystone frenzy (Standard-Examiner)

Davis County joins campaign against homelessness (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council discusses salary questions (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Schumer says Democrats erred by passing ObamaCare (The Hill)

Terry McAuliffe is unhappy with Democrats (Politico)

Obama order extends benefits to immigrants (The Hill)

Supreme Court to hear challenge to EPA mercury rule (The Hill)

Rand Paul on Ferguson: 'Blame politicians' (The Hill)

Schumer's post-mortem: Democrats must 'embrace government' (The Hill)

Missouri governor orders more troops to Ferguson after riots (Reuters)

2 Minneapolis Men Charged With Trying to Help ISIS (ABC News)

Report: GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson deems Ted Cruz 'too right wing' (Dallas Morning News)

Why did it take an act of Congress to fire Sharon Helman? (Arizona Republic)

Room service? Presidential turkeys await pardon at historic D.C. hotel (USA Today)

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