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Monday, December 22, 2014
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - December 22, 2014
Utahns oppose Obama on immigration. Matheson looks back on his career in Congress. Reyes excuses himself from lawsuit against SB 54.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 35
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 80
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 232
- Days to the 2015 election - 316
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 392
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 687
Monday's top-10 headlines:
- A new poll shows an overwhelming number of Utahns oppose President Obama's executive actions on immigration [Utah Policy].
- North Korea makes threats against the U.S. after being accused of being behind a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures [BBC].
- Two New York City police officers were killed "execution style" while sitting in their police car over the weekend [USA Today].
- Rep. Jim Matheson reflects on his time in Congress as his last term in Washington comes to an end [Tribune].
- Attorney General Sean Reyes recuses himself from the lawsuit from the Republican Party over SB 54 [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Kirk Torgerson, a top aide in the Attorney General's office under John Swallow, has been fired after being on paid leave for nine months [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Attorney General Sean Reyes decides to pass a potential case against the son of Rep. Mike Noel to Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings [Tribune].
- The latest economic numbers show Utah is still adding jobs [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- The LDS Church clarifies its stance on a statewide non-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation after a draft statement was mistakenly published online [Deseret News].
- Sen. Aaron Osmond proposes a toll road, or tunnel, to improve a road through the Oquirrh Mountains between Tooele and Salt Lake County [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1864 - During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to President Abraham Lincoln from Georgia, saying, "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah."
- 1944 - During the Battle of the Bulge, Germany demanded the surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium; Brigadier Gen. Anthony McAuliffe reportedly replied: "Nuts!"
- 1989 - Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu was toppled from power in a popular uprising.
- 2001 - Richard Reid, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers.
- 2010 - President Barack Obama signed a law allowing gays for the first time in history to serve openly in America's military.
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