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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, December 10, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 21 days left in 2015.

Trump widens his lead. Herbert unveils his $14.8 billion budget. Utah lawmakers vote to sue the federal government over public lands.

The clock:

  • 46 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 53 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 61 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 92 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 103 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 135 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 202 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 334 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress inches closer to a funding deal to avoid a government shutdown, but they still had to give themselves five extra days to do it [New York Times, The Hill].
  2. Donald Trump says he plans to stay in the presidential race all the way to the bitter end even if he loses in early voting states [Washington Post].
  3. A new poll shows Trump is solidifying his lead atop the GOP presidential field, but 2/3 of Americans says they are worried about the prospect of a Trump presidency [New York Times].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert unveils his $14.8 billion budget proposal [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  5. Utah lawmakers vote to move forward with a lawsuit against the federal government to wrest away control of public lands within the state [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13, ABC 4KUER].
  6. A majority of Utahns say they would support "right-to-die" legislation for terminally ill patients [Utah Policy].
  7. Utah could the first state designated as "serious" for air pollution under the Clean Air Act [2 News, Tribune].
  8. Sen. Mike Lee announces he will use both the convention system and signature gathering route to get on the 2016 ballot [Utah Policy].
  9. The Utah attorney general's office is fighting tooth and nail to prevent the release of records of their investigation into San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman [Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, and Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan took a trip to Switzerland on a private jet in 2013. The aircraft was provided by the Ian Cumming family [2 News].

On this day in history:

  • 1869 - The Territory of Wyoming granted women the right to vote.
  • 1898 - Spain signed a treaty officially ending the Spanish-American War. It gave Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to the United States.
  • 1948 - The U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
  • 1964 - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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National Report: Utah Ranks 14th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah could be first state where fine air pollution deemed ‘serious’ by feds

Legal scholars: Public-lands transfer to Utah would not include rights to coveted minerals

Herbert proposes $14.8 billion budget with emphasis on education

Utah’s Bishop asks for independent probe into Animas wastewater spill

Republicans OK $14M land-transfer lawsuit, say Utah must regain sovereignty

SLC Council slashes campaign contribution limits

Utah’s Mia Love joins Obama to mark anniversary of the end of slavery

Utah attorney general seeks closed-door hearing on Phil Lyman records

Salt Lake County’s good credit is paying dividends

Dixie State Wranglers? Utah school hopes another rebrand will separate it from fraught former mascot

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: San Bernardino terror attacks and gun control

Op-ed: Support Medicaid expansion

Jay Evensen: Presidential politics is getting more silly all the time

Editorial: Herbert takes a courageous stand on Syrian refugees

Gov. Gary Herbert proposes $14.8 billion state budget with eye to the future

Rep. Mia Love speaks at D.C. event commemorating abolition of slavery

Deadline looms for federal health insurance marketplace enrollment

Utah lawmakers consider lawsuit against feds for transfer of public lands


San Bernardino shooter borrowed money from Utah's WebBank (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Republicans fear Trump could jeopardize control of Congress (Politico)

Trump proclaims he will 'never' leave the race (Politico)

Leaders inch toward funding deal (The Hill)

Pew: Muslims 'fastest-growing religious group in the world,' 70% Democrat (Washington Examiner)

Obama not briefed on FBI's Clinton probe (The Hill)

VA admits: 'Accountability' doesn't mean firing anyone (Washington Examiner)

California shooters discussed martyrdom before meeting: FBI (Reuters)

US Supreme Court closely split on use of affirmative action at universities (Los Angeles Times)

Why it’s worth re-reading George W. Bush’s 2002 No Child Left Behind speech (Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump's Muslim Ban Harms US Antiterror Efforts (New York Times)

ObamaCare to reduce workforce by 2 million jobs' worth of hours, CBO says (FOX News)


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