Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 340th day of the year. There are 25 days remaining in 2017.
27 days until candidates can declare their intent to gather signatures for the 2018 election (1/2/2018)
47 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
92 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
93 days until the filing period for candidates in the 2018 election opens (3/9/2018)
99 days until the filing deadline for the 2018 elections (3/15/2018)
104 days until the statewide GOP caucus meetings (3/20/2018)
136 days until the GOP State Convention (4/21/2018)
202 days until the 2018 Primary Election (6/26/2018)
335 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1,063 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today's political TL; DR -
Several Utah Republicans say former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney may jump into next year's U.S. Senate race even if current Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to run again [Utah Policy].
Several Native American tribes and environmental groups have filed suit against President Trump's actions on public lands in Utah [Deseret News].
Former President Bill Clinton says President Donald Trump's decision to roll back protections on two national monuments in Utah was the wrong one [Tribune].
Rep. Chris Stewart proposes a new national park in part of Grand Staircase-Escalante that President Trump removed federal protections from on Monday. The new park would cover approximately 100,000 acres [Deseret News, Tribune].
Rep. Mia Love wants Congress to pass legislation protecting young undocumented immigrants who were brought here by their parents [Deseret News].
The Salt Lake City Council approves a plan to hire 50 new police officers, but the move may lead to a tax hike next year to pay for the extra police presence [Deseret News, Tribune].
The Salt Lake City Council is taking a step back from an ordinance allowing mother-in-law apartments, but the council did approve a plan for more than $17 million in affordable housing [Deseret News, Tribune].
The number of Obamacare sign-ups in Utah have increased 35% so far this year [Tribune].
BREAKING: Time Magazine selects the women who came forward with allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against powerful men as their Person of the Year [Time].
The government runs out of money on Friday unless Congress can agree to a spending measure. A new national poll shows a clear majority of voters say Congress should avoid a government shutdown [Politico].
Experts who are digging into the GOP tax plan have found glitches and loopholes that could plague lawmakers for years if the legislation is signed into law [Politico].
Following changes to the tax code, Republicans in Congress plan to turn their sights on welfare reform [Politico].
President Donald Trump will reportedly recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Some worry the decision could provoke violence. A Palestinian government official says the move would be tantamount to a declaration of war [Reuters].
The Supreme Court appears to be sharply divided over a case involving a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple [New York Times].
Longtime Michigan Democrat John Conyers resigns from Congress after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment. He has endorsed his son to take his place [Washington Post].
The homeless population in the U.S. grew this year for the first time since 2010, mostly due to a jump in the number of homeless on the West Coast [Associated Press].
Donald Trump Jr. asked a Russian lawyer at the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting whether she had information on alleged illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation [NBC News].
The FBI agent kicked off special counsel Robert Muller's Russia probe for sending anti-Trump text messages is also reportedly a key player in the FBI investigation that cleared Hillary Clinton in her email scandal [New York Post].
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called on President Trump to shrink the size of two more national monuments in Nevada and Oregon [Washington Post].
President Trump's voter fraud commission wants to create a massive database of voters, but experts warn the list could be easily breached by hackers [Washington Post].
The Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as the new head of Homeland Security [CNN].
President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a proposal to create a global private spy network to fight "deep state enemies" who want to undermine his presidency [The Hill].
One of Donald Trump's lawyers argues he cannot be sued in a state court because he is the president. A former contestant on a reality show is suing Trump for defamation [NBC News].
On this day in history:
1768 - The first edition of the Encyclopedia Brittanica is published.
1790 - The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia.
1865 - The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, banning slavery.
1877 - The first edition of the Washington Post is published.
1884 - The Washington Monument is completed.
1973 - The House of Representatives votes 387 to 35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President.
1975 - The Senate approved a $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York City from bankruptcy.
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