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Friday, December 4, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, December 4, 2015
Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 27 days left in 2015.
Senate passes Obamacare repeal. Utah's Congressional delegation votes against a No Child Left Behind fix. Utahns say goodbye to Olene Walker.
- 52 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
- 59 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
- 67 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
- 98 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 109 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 141 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 208 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 340 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Friday's top-10 headlines:
The U.S. Senate passes a bill repealing Obamacare, bringing the step one step closer to heading to the president’s desk [The Hill].
Donald Trump has his largest lead of the 2016 election season in a new poll, besting his nearest competitor by 20 points [CNN].
- The FBI is treating Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernadino as a possible terrorist attack [New York Times, Washington Post].
- Bob Bernick wonders how safe the Utah Capitol is following the San Bernadino attack [Utah Policy].
- All four of Utah's House members vote against a bill updating No Child Left Behind [Tribune].
- The Pentagon announces all combat jobs are now open to women as well as men [Washington Post, New York Times].
- House Speaker Greg Hughes discusses the latest Medicaid expansion plan that will focus on the "most vulnerable" residents [Deseret News, Associated Press, ABC 4].
- To crack down on fraud, lawmakers may require drug treatment centers to be licensed [Deseret News, Tribune].
- UTA board member Justin Allen says he will not resign following a controversial trip to Switzerland [Tribune].
- Hundreds of Utahns say goodbye to former Gov. Olene Walker [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
On this day in history:
- 1783 - Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
- 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the liquidation of the Works Progress Administration, created during the Great Depression to provide work for the unemployed.
- 1945 - The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
- 1978 - Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco's first woman mayor when she was named to replace George Moscone, who had been assassinated.
- 1992 - President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops into Somalia.
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So Late So Soon
"How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" Dr. Seuss Brainy Quote
"A new poll found that 54 percent of Americans say it’s too early to be playing Christmas music. I couldn’t agree more. Now let’s talk about the 2016 presidential race." Seth Meyers Political Humor