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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, December 11, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 20 days left in 2015.

Americans disagree with Trump's call to bar Muslims. Connecticut wants to ban gun sales to those on the no-fly list. Biskupski meets with LDS Church officials.

The clock:

  • 45 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 52 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 60 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 91 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 102 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 134 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 201 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 334 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A national poll finds 57% of Americans oppose Donald Trump's call to bar Muslims from entering the U.S., but Republicans are divided nearly equally on the proposal [New York Times].
  2. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he will use an executive order to ban gun sales to those on the federal no-fly list [ABC News].
  3. President Barack Obama is getting closer to an executive action to expand background checks for gun purchases [The Hill].
  4. Trump says he will issue an executive order to mandate the death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer [The Hill].
  5. Despite her anti-corporate rhetoric, Hillary Clinton is using help from Warren Buffet to raise campaign money from Wall Street [Wall Street Journal].
  6. Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski meets with LDS Church Elder D. Todd Christofferson [2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. The Utah attorney general's office is ordered to release any records, if they exist, from their investigation into San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman [Tribune, KUER].
  8. The Federal Election Commission wants to include former Attorney General John Swallow as a defendant in a case against St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson [Tribune].
  9. Some Utah Republicans throw their support behind Carly Fiorina's candidacy for president [Utah PolicyDeseret News, Tribune].
  10. A federal judge rules San Juan County's school board districts are unconstitutional, and the boundaries must be redrawn [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1816 - Indiana became the 19th state.
  • 1941 - Four days after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.
  • 1961 - A U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon - the first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist forces.
  • 1984 - A nativity scene was displayed near the White House for the first time since courts ordered it removed in 1973.
  • 1998 - The House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Public Land Commission ‘enables’ a folly

West Jordan’s first brush with artwork ordinance fails to stick

Stadler Rail to open temporary Utah operation

Carly Fiorina receives slate of Utah endorsements, including Senate president

Utah’s Medicaid director steps down

Utah attorney general ordered to release records, if any, of investigation into Phil Lyman

Utah Sen. Mike Lee first to collect signatures and go through convention

Federal judge: San Juan County school board districts are unconstitutional

Rolly: Tweeting can tweak relationships in Salt Lake County government

Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski meets with Mormon leaders

Utah’s first utility-scale solar goes online

FEC: Add Swallow to Johnson’s election-fraud case

Deseret News

Sen. Mike Lee: Don’t tie the next president’s hands on education

A. Scott Anderson: It's time to pass a bipartisan budget

17 Utah Republicans form team backing GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina

State incentives create new Utah jobs, attract filming of new Stan Lee sci-fi movie

Swiss rail car company that lawmakers, UTA quietly visited to open Utah assembly plant

A closer look at the controversial UTA Switzerland trip

SLC Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski meets with LDS Church Elder D. Todd Christofferson


Editorial: Is religious discrimination welcome in Utah? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: In Utah, Herbert shows the power of American ideals (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden City Council vote reinstates step pay for police officers (Standard-Examiner)

Utah's air pollution and autism: Is there a link? (Standard-Examiner)

County Council adopts tax increase, makes cuts for 2016 budget (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Amendment on Trump's Muslim ban splits GOP (Politico)

GOP preps for brokered convention amid Trump success (The Hill)

San Bernardino shooter used friend to dodge gun check (Los Angeles Times)

NBC/WSJ Poll: 57% Oppose Trump's Muslim proposal (NBC News)

Ted Cruz wins big Iowa endorsement. Can he top Trump? (Christian Science Monitor)

Cuomo Task Force Signals Further Retreat From Common Core School Standards (New York Times)

Three Islamic State leaders killed in recent strikes-U.S. military (Reuters)

White House Finalizes Proposal To Expand Background Checks On Gun Sales (Associated Press)

U.S. jobless claims at five-month high; import prices fall (Reuters)

US budget deficit widened in November (Associated Press)

Middle class shrinking in America, with just 120.8 million adults living in middle-income households (New York Daily News)


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