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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 23 days left in 2015.
Trump calls for a total ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Utah's revenues jump by $560 million. Sen. Mike Lee discusses the proper response to last week's terrorist attack in California.
- 48 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
- 55 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
- 63 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
- 94 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 105 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 137 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 204 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 336 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Tuesday's top-10 headlines:
- Donald Trump calls for a "total" ban on Muslims entering the United States. The ban would include American Muslim citizens who may be traveling or living abroad [DonaldTrump.com, Washington Post, New York Times, Vox]. Experts say Trump's plan is patently unconstitutional [Washington Post].
- A Fox News commentator gets suspended for calling President Barack Obama a vulgar name during a live broadcast [Washington Post].
- Utah lawmakers will have an extra $560 million to spend next year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
- Sen. Mike Lee discusses the proper response to last week's terrorist attacks in San Bernadino and the effort to repeal Obamacare [Utah Policy].
- Utah lawmakers will not get a pay raise next year, but the legislative budget is set to rise more than $300,000 next year [Utah Policy].
- A legislative group says the best course of action for the Utah State Fairpark is to leave it where it is and give it a facelift [Deseret News].
- The fight over medical marijuana is set to return to Utah's Capitol Hill [2 News].
- Utah's high school graduation rate rises to 84% [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
- The Utah Department of Public Safety says they will work with Syrian refugees arriving in Utah to help them assimilate [Tribune, 2 News, Deseret News].
- The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a challenge to a Chicago law banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines [Reuters, Washington Post].
On this day in history:
- 1776 - George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War.
- 1886 - Delegates from 25 unions founded the American Federation of Labor, the forerunner of the modern AFL-CIO, in Ohio.
- 1941 - President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare that "a state of war has existed between the United States and Japanese Empire" as a result of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
- 1980 - Former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death outside his apartment building in New York City.
- 1991 - The Soviet Union ceased to exist when the republics of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine signed an agreement creating the Commonwealth of Independent States.
- 1993 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
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