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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:

  1. A new poll shows an overwhelming number of Utahns oppose President Obama's executive actions on immigration [Utah Policy].
  2. North Korea makes threats against the U.S. after being accused of being behind a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures [BBC].
  3. Two New York City police officers were killed "execution style" while sitting in their police car over the weekend [USA Today].
  4. Rep. Jim Matheson reflects on his time in Congress as his last term in Washington comes to an end [Tribune].
  5. Attorney General Sean Reyes recuses himself from the lawsuit from the Republican Party over SB 54 [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. 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].
  7. Attorney General Sean Reyes decides to pass a potential case against the son of Rep. Mike Noel to Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings [Tribune].
  8. The latest economic numbers show Utah is still adding jobs [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  9. 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].
  10. 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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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: A.G. passes on case against son of powerful legislator

Editorial: Task force issues a Scrooge of a report

Rolly: Utah restaurant Cinegrill loses something in its move: its liquor license

County proposes new regulations for e-cigarettes

Reyes recusing himself from defense of Count My Vote suit

Toll tunnel, road proposed for shortcut through Oquirrhs

Orem City Council, Alpine School Board give green light to University Mall expansion

Matheson's legacy: A Democrat who can win over Republicans

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Cogitating on how national issues may affect Utah

Robert Bennett: Lesson for Cruz - Politics are a team sport

John Florez: Utah's prison relocation is like a Christmas fruitcake

Editorial: Flawed torture report didn't seem to serve a oft-targeted nation

Editorial: Reconnecting with Cuba is a good move - but let's do it right, not rushed

EPA declares good news for Utah's annual pollution levels

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes removes himself from defending state in SB54 lawsuit

Regulators, groups eye EPA rule on coal ash

Utah economy still adding jobs, report says

Former top deputy in Utah attorney general office is fired

LDS Church clarifies position on nondiscrimination legislation


Alpine residents start referendum petition to overturn Utah County Commission decision (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Keep prison in Draper (Standard-Examiner)

Locals optimistic about 2015 Utah education budget (Standard-Examiner)

IRS grapples with budget cuts and a complex tax code (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County, Park City see boost in sales tax revenues (Park Record)

National Headlines

Why single payer died in Vermont (Politico)

Democratic techies' divided loyalties (Politico)

McCain: Sony hack 'a new form of warfare' (The Hill)

Obama: Sony hacking not an act of war (The Hill)

Obama's 'propaganda' pushed people to 'hate the police,' Giuliani says (The Hill)

Will Jeb stumble in Iowa? (The Hill)

NYC mourns officers as rift widens between union, mayor (USA Today)

2 NYPD police officers 'assassinated'; shooter dead (CNN)

Why Marco Rubio Loves the Cuba Debate Even Though He Hates the Policy (Bloomberg)

Poll: Hillary Clinton Crushing Democratic Rivals Just a Little Bit Less (Bloomberg)

New report rips Secret Service. 'Starved for leadership'? (Christian Science Monitor)

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