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Daily Briefing

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 345th day of the year. There are 20 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

51% of Utahns say Trump's campaign didn't collude with Russians during the 2016 election

By a bare majority, most Utahns don't believe GOP President Donald Trump nor his campaign "colluded" with Russia in the 2016 presidential election, a new poll finds....

Will Trump's monument changes stand? Our 'Political Insiders' weigh in

Last week President Donald Trump visited Utah to announce he was slashing millions of acres from two national monuments established by Presidents Obama and Clinton. In response, tribal and environmental groups filed lawsuits to block the changes. ...

Trump allies ready to declare war on Romney

President Donald Trump's visit to Utah was not only about public lands, it was specifically designed to convince Sen. Orrin Hatch to run for another term in 2018 and to keep Mitt Romney out of the race....

Report: Uranium mining firm lobbied for Bears Ears reductions

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Utah Republicans have repeatedly said that mineral extraction considerations played no role in the decision to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument. Government documents appear to contradict that claim....

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Policy News

WTC Utah releases Q3 export report
World Trade Center Utah just released its Export Report for the third quarter of 2017 and overall, Utah exports experienced a slight increase compared to Q3 2016....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Cannabis oil has given Utah children a chance at a normal life

Op-ed: Expanding Trax would connect Utahns, draw new talent to the state and help solve poor air quality

Op-ed: The Tribune was wrong. Medicine often involves a risk to the patient.

Paul Mero: It's time to fight poverty the 'Utah way'

Editorial: Greg Graves should resign

Popular sites have been removed from monument protection at former Grand Staircase-Escalante

Scientists decry Trump's move to strip fossil treasures from Utah's Grand Staircase monument

Here's a breakdown of the 5 lawsuits filed against Trump that challenge his cuts to 2 Utah national monuments

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Cleaning up after Trump's monumental visit to Utah

Op-ed: Systematic review of monument designations is an important check on unilateral power

Op-ed: The Colorado baker case - Is there an easy solution?

Op-ed: Utah should protect the right to work

Op-ed: The need for variety in a student's education

Editorial: Utah can do more to help students find solid STEM footing

Board member questions $10,000 'secret' hikes at Bears Ears

Pressure mounts on embattled Utah County commissioner to resign

Jury finds Salt Lake Comic Con, its founders violated trademark

Families concerned about special ed teacher without special training, license

Waiting for Hatch: Is he indecisive or keeping foes at bay?

Report: One-night count of Utah's homeless yields slightly higher total compared to last year


Editorial: Increased transparency in filling vacancies in elected positions will better serve residents (Daily Herald)

UCRP announces filing period for candidates to replace resigning Dean Sanpei (Daily Herald)

Work hard, then work harder: Entrepreneur Latinos in Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

Save Our Canyons reaches out to Park City community (Park Record)

National Headlines

The media's Russia probe meltdown: 3 screw-ups in one week (Axios)

'Stain on America!' Trump denounces 'Fake News Media' after string of major reporting errors exposed (FOX News)

Trump Wants Washington Post Reporter Fired Over Misleading Tweet (New York Times)

Media mistakes intensify debate over 'fake news' (The Hill)

Robert Mueller's 'pit bull' is coming under intense scrutiny over perceived anti-Trump bias (Business Insider)

Trump Teaches Palestinians About the New Middle East (Bloomberg)

Americans Give Trump Higher Grades on Economy Than Overall (Wall Street Journal)

FBI email: Sessions wasn't required to disclose foreign contacts for security clearance (CNN)

Gillibrand is subject of debate over Franken, Clinton (The Hill)

Hospital Giants in Talks to Merge to Create Nation's Largest Operator (Wall Street Journal)

A Fed Rate Increase Is Expected. But What Comes Next? (New York Times)

Wise Words


"The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes." Benjamin Disraeli

Lighter Side


"Prince William said that Prince George just played a sheep in his school's nativity play. Which raises the question, how rich were the other kids that Prince George wound up playing a sheep?" Jimmy Fallon

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