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Daily Briefing

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 338th day of the year. There are 27 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Nearly half of Utahns say they would vote for President Trump's opponent in 2020

As President Donald Trump is set to visit Utah on Monday, most Utahns say they would not vote for him if he runs for re-election in 2020....

Trump trying to persuade Hatch to run in 2018 to keep Romney out

Shortly after a report surfaced that former White House strategist Steve Bannon was mulling an endorsement of Sen. Orrin Hatch to block Mitt Romney from entering the race, there comes news President Trump is thinking of doing the same....

'Political Insiders' split on whether tax reform will pass by Christmas

Even though the Senate passed their version of tax reform on Friday night, our "Political Insiders" are not sure they'll be able to get a bill to President Trump's desk by Christmas....

Report: Bannon mulling backing Orrin Hatch to keep Mitt Romney out of the Utah Senate race

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly considering endorsing an eighth term by Sen. Orrin Hatch to block Mitt Romney from jumping into next year's Utah Senate race....

Rep. Dean Sanpei to resign from Utah House

 Representative Dean Sanpei, current House chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee and vice president of strategy for Intermountain Healthcare, will resign from the Utah House of Representatives on December 8, 2017. Sanpei has accepted a position with Centu...

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Policy News

Rep. Love: No more taxpayer-funded settlements for sexual harassment
Outraged by the use of taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment cases on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Mia Love has introduced Stop Taxpayer Obligations to Perpetrators of Sexual Harassment (STOP) Act in the House of Representatives. ...

AG Reyes joins effort for national reciprocity
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joins 23 other states in urging Congress to enact national concealed-carry reciprocity legislation....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Jail is not for the presumed innocent

Op-ed: How Sen. Hatch can help the poor. Again.

Op-ed: We encourage and support Utah's federal delegation changing the Antiquities Act

Editorial: We need to do more to prevent youth suicide

Gehrke: Romney is waiting in the wings, but I'm betting Hatch runs again. Here's why.

Rep. Dean Sanpei - one of Utah House GOP leaders - resigns to accept new job in Colorado

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes wants Congress to pass a law letting concealed-carry permit holders carry guns in any state

Utah's Rep. Mia Love proposes bill to stop Congress from settling sexual harassment claims with taxpayer money

Utah's Hatch takes victory lap as tax reform measure moves closer to president's desk

'Mormon Land': As Trump prepares to visit Utah, how do Latter-day Saints view him? Hint: It's different than past GOP presidents

Not in my (neighbor's) backyard: Salt Lake City leaders give in to east-side opponents on 'mother-in-law' apartments

Effort to shrink Bears Ears National Monument started before Donald Trump was elected president

Here's what to expect when President Donald Trump lands in Utah on Monday

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Tax reform, monuments generate holiday food fights

Op-ed: Multiple-use lands offer a truly diverse outdoor experience

Editorial: Addressing monuments is good. Exempting Utah from the Antiquities Act is better

Editorial: Fears of removing net neutrality regulations have yet to materialize

GOP Rep. Dean Sanpei to resign from Utah House

Utah Rep. Mia Love proposes to end taxpayer-funded sexual harassment settlements

Trump's advance team checks out Utah Capitol

Some Utah tech companies worried about net neutrality vote

Images from the contentious issue of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments

Timeline: The battle over two of Utah's national monuments

Trumping Clinton and Obama: How did we get here?

Welcome to the state of limbo: Fear and uncertainty in Bears Ears area about future of land, way of life

Trump pushing Hatch to run for 8th term

Legislation, litigation to quickly follow Trump's monument announcement

Hatch, Lee celebrate 'historic' passage of GOP tax bill

Thousands gather in 2 public lands rallies for and against Trump


Op-ed: Utah County needs to move away from current commissioner form of government (Daily Herald)

Point of the Mountain vision will manage growth, but cost billions (Daily Herald)

Provo legislator Dean Sanpei announces resignation from Utah House (Daily Herald)

Overall crime in Ogden is down, but homicides are increasing (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

ABC News apologizes for 'serious error' in Trump report and suspends Brian Ross for four weeks (Washington Post)

Flashback: Ted Kennedy Made Secret Overtures to Russia to Prevent Ronald Reagan's Re-Election (Daily Signal)

The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping (Atlantic)

Mueller aide fired for anti-Trump texts now facing review for role in Clinton email probe (FOX News)

Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says FBI Is in 'Tatters' (New York Times)

What's different about a Trump Christmas? (BBC News)

Grassley: Ending estate tax 'recognizes people that are investing,' not 'spending every darn penny' (The Hill)

US quits UN global compact on migration, says it'll set its own policy (CNN)

Sports betting, states' rights on tap at Supreme Court (USA Today)

Flynn who? For the stock market, it's all about tax cuts and the Santa rally (MarketWatch)

Australia to probe Facebook, Google over media disruption (Reuters)

Wise Words


"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side


"President Trump and his family lit the national Christmas tree. Of course, Trump refused to light it until everyone agreed his tree had the most lights in history - "800 million billion." Jimmy Fallon

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