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Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 335th day of the year. There are 30 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

53% of Utahns say they disapprove of President Trump's job performance

On the eve of President Donald Trump's visit to Utah next week, it's safe to say that Utah has still not morphed into Trump country....

The search for 'Mr. 82' - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 351

President Trump is coming to Utah to announce big reductions in the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Our polling shows a slight majority of Utahns support those reductions....

With tax base for education eroding, Utahns still support fairness in credit union taxation

Some 12 years ago, the Utah Legislature sent a resolution to Congress asking federal lawmakers to stop encroaching on state tax policy regarding financial institutions....

Curtis discusses Bears Ears, tax reform and avoiding a government shutdown

Newly elected Rep. John Curtis says President Trump's decision to dramatically slash the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments just highlights how broken the process of protecting public lands is....

Podcast: Interview with Rep. John Curtis

Rep. John Curtis discusses reports that President Donald Trump will dramatically slash the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments....

Report: Trump to slash size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments

When President Donald Trump travels to Utah on Monday, he will announce drastic reductions in the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments. ...

Weekly survey: Tax reform

Republicans in Congress are trying to push their tax reform package through before Christmas. Do you think they'll do it? Do you support the tax reform package? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 351

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the big news from the last week in Utah politics....

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:I found my thrill! On Porphyry Hill! (No, really, this is a great winter hike in an underrated part of Utah.)--Tribune: Erin Alberty: In Utah's Oquirrh Mountains, quiet contemplation amid the 'No trespassing' signs--Tribune:Forget the record-setting hi...

Governor Mitt Romney announced as keynote speaker for 2018 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing statewide business association, announced Governor Mitt Romney as the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit....

Nominees announced for 3rd District Court vacancy
The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 3rd District Court. ...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: It's hard to attract top research talent at the Point if there isn't the intellectual infrastructure to fill their laboratories

Beattie to step aside after 15 years as president of the Salt Lake Chamber

As Utah's youth suicide rates grows at an alarming pace, state could be doing more to combat the trend, new federal report says

Parents taking away cellphones and other devices sometimes preceded youth suicide in Utah, CDC study finds

Report: Trump to cut crucial landscapes out of Grand Staircase and Bears Ears

Sen. Orrin Hatch calls Donald Trump 'one of the best' presidents he's seen in office

Human Rights Commission clashes with Salt Lake City mayor over diversity director's firing

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Improving public education through collective impact

Op-ed: Abolishing the death penalty is not a 'defense' of society's worst criminals

Jay Evensen: Planning for a good future could get you booted from office

Editorial: Finally, some serious discussion about the national debt

San Juan County sues for title to Recapture Canyon road

Longtime Salt Lake Chamber president announces retirement

Poll: Mitt Romney would win U.S. Senate seat by big margin; Orrin Hatch would beat Jenny Wilson, too

Reports: Bears Ears to be cut by 85 percent, Grand Staircase by half

National Headlines

Trump insiders claim 'unstoppable momentum' despite media 'derision' (Washington Examiner)

Gloria Steinem on her Bill Clinton essay: 'I wouldn't write the same thing now' (Guardian)

'We Have Rapists Here In This Building' - California Legislators Hear Horror Stories Of Broken Harassment Reporting System (CBS13)

Battle Brewing Between Michael Moore, Harvey & Bob Weinstein Over Donald Trump-Themed 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Sequel (Deadline)

Matt Lauer breaks silence: 'I am truly sorry' (Page Six)

Trump donates third-quarter salary to HHS opioid efforts (Politico)

New allegations against Sen. Al Franken, new demands he resign (Star Tribune)

Senate Ethics Committee opens 'preliminary inquiry' into Al Franken allegations (FOX News)

Four men allege sexual misconduct by Senate president's husband (Boston Globe)

Dow and S&P 500 Smash Records as Wall Street Bets on Senate Tax Bill (TheStreet)

Automation Could Displace 800 Million Workers Worldwide By 2030, Study Says (NPR)

Wise Words


"It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage." Henry Ward Beecher

Lighter Side

Oh Yeah!

"It came out that national security adviser H.R. McMaster called President Trump an idiot, and said he had the intelligence of a kindergartner. And Trump said, "Oh, yeah? Then why am I reading at a first grade level? And tweeting at a sixth grade level!" Jimmy Fallon

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