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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are nine days left in 2015.

Half of Americans say they would be "embarrassed" by a Trump presidency. Clinton will not apologize to Trump. Huntsman says a third-party presidential bid would be a "suicide mission."

The clock:

  • 34 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 41 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 49 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 79 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 91 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 123 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 189 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 322 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows half of Americans say they would be "embarrassed" to have Donald Trump as the nation's president [The Hill].
  2. A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton replied "Hell no," when asked if her campaign would apologize to Trump for saying the GOP presidential candidate has been used in terror recruitment videos [The Hill].
  3. Fox News will host a GOP presidential debate before the Iowa Caucuses next month [Fox News].
  4. South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham ends his presidential campaign [New York Times, ABC News].
  5. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says he will not launch a "suicide mission" bid for the White House as a third-party candidate [Tribune, 2 News, Fox 13].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert is once again targeting automatic budget earmarks for elimination during the upcoming legislative session [Tribune].
  7. Immigrants are more likely than native-born Americans to hold jobs in five industries in Utah [Tribune].
  8. Jonathan Johnson barnstorms around the state as part of his quest for the GOP nomination for governor [Standard Examiner].
  9. President Barack Obama will appear on Jerry Seinfeld's show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' [New York Times].
  10. Here's why Mormons really, really love "Star Wars" [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1864 - During the Civil War, Union Gen. William 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 - Ordered to surrender by Nazi troops who had his unit trapped during the Battle of the Bulge, Gen. Anthony McAuliffe of the 101's Airborne Division replied with one word: "Nuts!"
  • 1984 - "Subway vigilante" Bernard Goetz shot and wounded four would-be holdup men on a New York City subway.
  • 1989 - Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, the last of Eastern Europe's hard-line Communist leaders, fell from power in the face of massive demonstrations.
  • 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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Press Release: UAMPS Honors Key Leaders & Organizations
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Hatch Pays Tribute to Beloved Utahn, Bishop Nathan Graham
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Lyman’s sentence just

Less ZAP tax funding for The Leonardo in 2016

Huntsman won’t mount ‘suicide mission’ of a third-party White House bid

Utah school board re-elects its leadership team

Immigrants more likely than U.S.-born to work in 5 Utah industries

Utah budget earmarks targeted by governor, some lawmakers

Deseret News

Op-ed: Winter weather critical time for community support

Editorial: Efforts toward federal land compromise applauded

Trump in fourth place in poll of Utah voters

Refugees face 26 steps to ensure homeland security, Utah lawmakers told


Overstock's Jonathan Johnson tours Utah, hoping to upset Herbert (Standard-Examiner)

Educator, YMCA have one wish from Legislature: Fund preschool (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Will the GOP Mount a Third-Party Challenge to Trump? (Politico)

Clinton campaign sweats out data breach damage (Politico)

Sanders's suit against DNC still alive in federal court (The Hill)

Congressional leaders gear up for broad tax reform push (The Hill)

What really happened to the U.S. train-and-equip program in Syria? (McClatchy)

Democratic Committee digs deeper in opposition research (New York Times)

Lindsey Graham suspends his presidential campaign (Washington Post)

Obama: Trump is ‘exploiting’ anger and fear over economic insecurities (Washington Post)

California shooters' ex-neighbor denied bail in terrorism case (Reuters)

Hillary Clinton camp to Donald Trump: 'Hell no' on apology (CNN)

Former official: Iranians hacked into New York dam (CNN)


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