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Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 342nd day of the year. There are 23 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Hatch hosting re-election fundraiser in January

Sen. Orrin Hatch seemingly is intent on running for another term in 2018, despite promising that his current term would be his last....

"Twisting in the wind" - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 352

President Donald Trump visited Utah on Monday where he slashed 2 million acres from two National Monuments. Several groups are threatening to sue, so this will be tied up in the courts for years. ...

Speaker Hughes announces changes to House majority leadership

With the pending resignation of Rep. Dean Sanpei, Speaker Greg Hughes has appointed Rep. Brad Last, to serve as the House chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee and Rep. Mike Schultz to serve as House vice-chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee, effective i...

Utah falls to #3 in 'Best States for Business' rankings

The good news is that Utah is still in the top three of Forbes' annual ranking of the "Best States for Business."...

Weekly survey: Trump's national monument changes

On Monday, President Donald Trump pulled federal protection from millions of acres of public lands in Utah and altered the borders of two national monuments. In response, environmental and other groups are prepping lawsuits against the move. What do you think will be the ult...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #352

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the news from a big week in Utah politics....

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Get outdoors with these 15 gift ideas for everyone in the family--Tribune: Arches National Park celebrates end of massive road project with free entry this weekend--Tribune: "The President Stole Your Land": Outdoor gear merchants push back against Tru...

Bishop launches new congressional website
U.S. Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) has launched his newly redesigned Congressional website....

Now track Utah legislation on Apple Watch
Utah.Gov announced a new Apple Watch update to the Utah Bill Watch mobile app. The award-winning app helps concerned residents easily track bills and receive instant updates as bills move through the Utah Legislature....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Richard Davis: Mitt Romney has a party to run for U.S. Senate. It just isn't the Republican Party

Editorial: Rep. Love is right to push for legislative DACA fix

South Salt Lake changes its liquor laws to attract breweries, distilleries

State legislator calls on Mormon church leaders to take a stance. Are they for or against his hate crimes bill?

Utah House GOP makes leadership changes

Investigator couldn't confirm sexual harassment claim against Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves but concluded Graves retaliated against employee

Deseret News

Op-ed: Time to free America from the Antiquities Act

Rob Bishop: Trump rights a wrong in Utah

Jay Evensen: As I was saying, publicly funded stadiums are money losers

Op-ed: Think twice before eliminating the SALT deduction

Editorial: 'Dignity of Work' phase could lift up Utah's homeless

Salt Lake City named the second most hipster city in the U.S.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. Mia Love say Franken right to step down

Jurors deliberating whether Salt Lake Comic Con name violates trademark

Two more lawsuits filed over Trump order breaking up Bears Ears National Monument

State School Board gets sneak peek at 'Utah Education Roadmap'

Investigator: Utah County commissioner 'widely viewed as workplace bully'


Editorial: Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves' behavior necessitates his resignation (Daily Herald)

Investigation into Greg Graves details habitual threatening behavior, but cannot confirm sexual misconduct (Daily Herald)

Editorial: We paid $456,000 and all we got was this PR video (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Al Franken's swift fall: A timeline (The Hill)

In year of chaos, Trump's boost to economy can't be denied (New York Post)

Juanita Broaddrick rips Time's 'silence breakers' snub: 'I didn't fit in their liberal victim mold' (Washington Times)

Climate alarmists caught faking sea level rise (Breitbart)

The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country's wealth than at any time in the past 50 years (Washington Post)

Census Bureau: 5 Richest Counties Are D.C. Suburbs (CNS News)

The Weird Campaign to Get Taylor Swift to Denounce Donald Trump (Politico)

Democrats Want to Change the Democratic Party. They Just Disagree on How. (Politico)

Top DOJ official demoted amid probe of contacts with Trump dossier firm (FOX News)

Congress temporarily averts shutdown, sends Trump stopgap spending bill (NBC News)

Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired For Misconduct By Morgan Stanley (HuffPost)

Wise Words


"Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people." Dennis Prager

Lighter Side

Christmas Miracle

"The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump is expected to fire his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the coming weeks. Or as Rex Tillerson is calling it, a Christmas miracle." James Corden

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