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Thursday, December 29, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Thursday, January 29, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 364th day of the year. There are two days remaining in 2016.

President Obama creates a new National Monument in Utah. Utahns are split on whether Donald Trump should reverse the Bears Ears Monument when he takes office. Congressional Republicans plan to repeal Obamacare as their first major act next year. 

The clock:

  • 22 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 25 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 70 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 313 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 677 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Monumental decision. President Barack Obama creates the new Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. The decision drew a sharp rebuke from Utah Republicans who vowed to fight the 1.35 million acre monument [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post].

  2. Should Trump nix Bears Ears? Some Utah Republicans have suggested President-elect Donald Trump could undo the Bears Ears Monument once he takes office in January. Utahns are divided on the issue, according to a new poll. A plurality of Utahns says Trump should not reverse the decision [Utah Policy].

  3. Countdown ends. The shocking election of Donald Trump is our #1 Utah political news story from the past year [Utah Policy].

  4. Obamacare vote. The first major thing Congressional Republicans plan to do in 2017 is vote to repeal Obamacare, but they're not sure what to put in the law's place [Bloomberg]. Jonathan Cohn argues House Speaker Paul Ryan is in such a rush to repeal Obamacare because he's afraid people will realize the damage undoing the law could create [Huffington Post].

  5. Hacking retaliation. The White House could announce as early as Thursday measures to retaliate against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election [Wall Street Journal]. Donald Trump has had enough with the talk about Russian interference in the election saying everyone should "get on with our lives" [Washington Post]. President Barack Obama is under pressure to deliver evidence on claims that Russia tried to influence the election [The Hill].

  6. Syrian truce. Russia announces they've been able to broker an agreement for a cease-fire between the Syrian government and rebel forces. Both Russia and Turkey will guarantee the truce [CBS News].

  7. Progress or pandering? Donald Trump is reportedly making a last-ditch effort to add a Hispanic official to serve in his Cabinet [Politico].

  8. No rush to investigate. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he won't rule out having the House Oversight Committee investigate Donald Trump once he takes office but, for now, he's reserving judgment [Deseret News].

  9. Polygamy appeal. The Utah Attorney General's office says the U.S. Supreme Court should not review a lawsuit challenging Utah's bigamy statute [Tribune].

  10. Election attention. Cable TV audiences had their biggest audiences ever in 2016, mostly because of the presidential election. However, audiences for entertainment programming dropped [LA Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1170 - Anglican churchman/politician Thomas Becket was killed at Britain's Canterbury Cathedral.
  • 1845 - Texas was admitted to the union as the 28th state.
  • 1890 - U.S. troops killed as many as 400 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee, S.D.
  • 1916 - Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.

Today At Utah Policy

Should Trump Reverse Bears Ears Monument? New Poll Shows Utahns Divided on the Question

Now that President Barack Obama has declared the Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, a plurality of Utahns say incoming President Donald Trump should not take steps to undo the monument....

Bernick and Schott on Politics: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2016 - #1

The surprising and shocking election of Donald Trump has got to be the top political news story of the year, if not the past decade....

Podcast: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2016 - #1

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott conclude our countdown of the top Utah political news stories of 2016....

Obama Declares Bears Ears Monument; Utah Lawmakers Vow to Reverse Decision (Updated)

As first reported, President Barack Obama officially declared the Bears Ears National Monument on Wednesday afternoon....

Weekly Survey: Utah Political New Year's Resolutions

Let us know what New Year's Resolution you'd like to see for someone or something in Utah politics. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Leaking gas is wasting our resources and our lungs

Utah animal advocates want to beef up requirement on shelter for dogs in bad weather

Chaffetz cleared of allegations that he misused campaign funds

Utah alcohol sales reach new highs in 2016

Rolly: Ex-mayor's bid to clear snow from his street hits a roadblock: the city crews he used to oversee

Utah in 2016: Trump prevails, Shurtleff walks, the homeless linger, Mormon videos are leaked and more

Deseret News

Derek B. Miller: Farewell to Obama's Jedi mind-trick foreign policy

Richard Davis: Are you better or worse off?

Editorial: Helping students enter college ready warrants praise

Poll: Utahns support deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records

Consumer attitudes at post-recession high

'A festival of light': Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah with governor at Capitol

Shoring up a legacy of mining


Open enrollment for health insurance up in Utah, will continue through January (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Republicans pan Kerry's Israel speech (The Hill)

ISIS-linked group calls for New Year's Eve attacks using horrific images (Foreign Desk)

Trump Said to Discuss Veterans' Care Overhaul With Hospital CEOs (Bloomberg)

France Poised for Pro-Russia Pivot (Wall Street Journal)

Russia threatens response to Obama 'provocation' as White House readies 'sanctions that will hit Putin personally' over country's alleged election meddling (Daily Mail)

Kerry's speech biased against Israel: Netanyahu (Reuters)

Trump tells visitors he's drafting his inaugural speech with Reagan and Kennedy in mind (Washington Post)

2016 Ratings: Fox News Channel is Cable TV's Most-Watched Network (TVNewser)

Report: 8 years of Obama vacations cost $85 million (McClatchy)

A Downside To The Trump Rally? Pending Home Sales Plunge After Surge In Mortgage Rates (Forbes)

Trump Takes Credit for Sprint Plan to Add 5000 Jobs in US (New York Times)

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