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Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 339th day of the year. There are 26 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

53% of Utahns approve of Sen. Mike Lee's performance, Hatch's approval rating ticks upward slightly

As Utah politicos wait with bated breath for Sen. Orrin Hatch to announce now perhaps as late as mid-January whether he will run for an unprecedented 8th term next year, a new poll finds that Hatch's approval numbers are up just ever so slight...

Hatch defends Trump's endorsement of Roy Moore saying the president had no choice

Sen. Orrin Hatch defended President Donald Trump's endorsement of Alabama Republican Senate candidate on Monday, saying Trump had little choice but to back Moore....

Bishop named to conference committee to negotiate tax bill

Rep. Rob Bishop is one of nine Republicans from the House that will negotiate with the Senate to resolve differences between the two tax plans....

Trump rolls back federal protections on massive blocks of public lands in Utah

President Donald Trump said he listened to the desires Utahns before deciding to drastically slash the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments on Monday....

Stewart gets into heated exchange over tax reform on MSNBC (with video)

Rep. Chris Stewart got into a testy conversation with MSNBC's Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle Monday over the GOP's tax reform....

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Policy News

Fox Files: 'Rural job tour completion'
We recently completed the last stop of the 25K Rural Job Tour....

EDCUtah celebrates 30th anniversary with 30 highlights in 30 weeks
From Forbes Magazine naming Utah "Best State for Business" to Adobe bringing thousands of jobs to Utah, EDCUtah has been a guiding force in Utah's economic highlights over the past 30 years....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: City vote on extra units on houses creates unnecessary boundaries

Op-ed: Time to put limits on the Antiquities Act

Editorial: We should know when Congress pays a sexual harassment claim

What's in, what's out of Utah's new monuments

Trump turned two vast Utah national monuments into five smaller ones. Here's a look at the new sites - and key lands that got left out.

Meet the 5 new Utah monuments replacing Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante - which Trump shaved down by 2 million acres

Women made gains in Utah's recent elections, but men still hold nearly 3 of every 4 city offices along the Wasatch Front

Utah reacts to President Trump's visit and his monument announcements

Trump tours Welfare Square looking for 'tuna fish,' praises 'good stuff' the Mormon church does and vows to protect religious freedom

Trump wants Utah's Orrin Hatch to serve in the Senate 'for a very long time to come'

While Utahns grovel before Trump, remember he stiffed them repeatedly for jobs in his administration

Five American Indian tribes, furious over Trump shrinking Bears Ears on his trip to Utah, sue the president

Trump greeted by thousands of Utah protesters, some who blocked downtown Salt Lake City streets and faced off with cops in riot gear

More police, affordable housing on tap as Salt Lake City Council winds down for year

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: There is no 'I' in Utah

Op-ed: Bears Ears - missing facts and misconceptions

Gary Herbert: 5 myths about Bears Ears

Editorial: President Trump should bring Utah back to Washington

Mitt Romney, Christmas and tuna: Twitter reacts to Trump's visit to Utah

Native American tribe coalition to sue Trump for shrinking Bears Ears

Hundreds of protesters greet Trump at state Capitol

Trump pushing Hatch to run again, calls Romney 'good man' at Welfare Square

Trump: 'Public lands will once again be for public use'

Questions linger about decade-old Real Salt Lake stadium deal

U. study: Just 6% of Americans with high-deductible health plans negotiate prices


President Trump meets with LDS Church leadership at Welfare Square (Daily Herald)

Utah County needs to adjust employee compensation to be competitive, study finds (Daily Herald)

Weber County spends $456K on public relations, economic development contracts (Standard-Examiner)

Local lawmakers join in Trump Administration's monument showdown (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

FBI agent dismissed from Mueller probe changed Comey's description of Clinton to 'extremely careless' (CNN)

Anti-Trump Text Messages Show Pattern Of Bias On Mueller's Team (Daily Caller)

ABC News president excoriates staff over Brian Ross' Michael Flynn error (CNN)

If Michael Flynn's 'crime' is all Robert Mueller has, it is time to move on (USA Today)

Trump, Democrats restart talks to avert shutdown (Politico)

Dow rises to record but rest of market rolls over on tech woes (CNBC)

Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban (Associated Press)

Supreme Court to decide Colorado gay wedding cake case (FOX News)

House looks to expand right to carry concealed weapons as gun-control advocates hold vigils (USA Today)

Five questions for the CVS-Aetna deal (The Hill)

Mulvaney already is putting his stamp on CFPB - and still sparring over its leadership (Los Angeles Times)

Wise Words


"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." John F. Kennedy

Lighter Side

More Specific

"Trump lashed out at British Prime Minister Theresa May on Twitter, but he actually tagged the wrong Theresa May. When he heard that he sent an embarrassing tweet, he said, "You're going to have to be way more specific." Jimmy Fallon

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