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Morning must reads for Thursday, March 30, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 89th day of the year. There are 276 days remaining in 2017.  

Draper pulls its offer of two possible sites for a homeless shelter. A legal analysis says Trump has the authority to rescind the Bears Ears Monument. Republicans might take another run at repealing Obamacare next week.

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The political risks and rewards from a homeless shelter in Draper

First came the surprise press conference during the 2017 Legislature where Salt Lake County agreed to take at least one homeless center, then Monday another surprise presser where Draper City officials said they would consider taking that shelter....

Legal analysis argues Trump could revoke Bears Ears

A new legal analysis concludes that President Trump could undo the Bears Ears National Monument....

Weekly survey: Should Republicans go 'nuclear' to confirm Gorsuch?

Democrats are attempting to block the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court with a filibuster. Should Republicans change the rules to break the filibuster and confirm Gorsuch? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber announces changes In leadership & additions to staff
The Salt Lake Chamber announced key staff changes aimed at continuing the organizations exemplary policy and communications work. ...

Office of the State Auditor releases a performance audit of State Agency and Board Of Education compliance with performance evaluation requirements
The Office of the State Auditor released A Performance Audit Of State Agency And Board Of Education Compliance With Performance Evaluation Requirements. ...

Press release: Western Energy Alliance applauds executive order on climate regulations
Western Energy Alliance applauds President Trump’s Executive Order that will encourage development of the American energy that delivers over 80% of the nation’s demand....

Hatch congratulates former staffer Makan Delrahim on appointment as DOJ Antitrust Chief
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement following the announcement that President Trump has nominated White House Deputy Counsel Makan Delrahim to lead the U.S. Department of Justice...

Press release: WVP launches billboard in DC: Teddy vs. Zinke
The Western Values Project launched a campaign urging Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to keep his promise to follow the example of President Teddy Roosevelt.  ...

ACLU of Utah files objections to decision in DEA lawsuit over state drug database
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah has filed objections to a federal magistrate judge’s recommendation to enforce a Drug Enforcement Agency subpoena seeking records from the Utah Controlled Substance Database. In a separate filing, the State of Utah joined in t...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Why did Herbert sign wood-burning bill he admits is flawed?

Salt Lake City adds 28 new electric vehicle charging stations

Trump has the power to revoke Bears Ears monument declaration, report says

Herbert completes 2017 bill signings during visit to Riverton middle school

Draper pulls shelter sites after hundreds protest, boo homeless man

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Tough drunken driving laws won't hurt Utah

Sen. Mike Lee: Don't give up on health care

Dan Liljenquist: Hard lessons in governing from the Obamacare repeal debacle

Natalie Gochnour: Health care reform needs the votes of both Republicans and Democrats

Conservative think tank concludes Trump can rescind Bears Ears Monument

Sheriff proposes homeless camp, reducing beds to curb homeless problem

Orrin Hatch says he would consider not running for 8th term if Mitt Romney gets in Senate race

Governor signs education budget into law at Riverton school

Lee, Hatch differ on whether to move on from health care reform

'I get it now': Draper mayor rescinds homeless sites offer during raucous public gathering

Logan students can sleep in next year - a little


Logan Mayor Petersen won't seek re-election (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Fears Grow of Terror in U.S. With Weaponized Civilian Drones (Bloomberg)

The new face of suburbia: Economic woes and early death (CBS News)

DNC chair asks for staff resignations as overhaul begins (CNN)

EPA denies petition to ban pesticide used on crops (Washington Post)

Team Trump's warning on federal funds: This immigration ploy would make cities more dangerous (Chicago Tribune)

FDA Nominee, Paid Millions by Industry, Says He'll Recuse Himself if Needed (New York Times)

Trump administration lifts Obama freeze on federal coal mining (The Hill)

California isn't waiting on Trump - Gov. Brown wants $5.2 billion a year in new taxes and fees to fix roads (Los Angeles Times)

With Automation's Advance, Coal Jobs Trump Vows to Save Are Gone (New York Times)

Congress Just Made It Harder for You to Shield Yourself From Internet Discrimination (Fortune)

Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee (New York Times)

Wise Words

A Little Thought
"A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money." John Ruskin

Lighter Side

Hating It
"The president went all out for this bill, but hardline Republicans hated it because it offered too many benefits. Moderate Republicans hated it because it cut too many benefits. Hospitals hate it because they stand to lose money. Insurance companies hate it because it can blow up the markets, and voters hated it. Basically the only people who were OK with the plan were Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Chuck Berry. I happen to know that Chuck would have loved that joke, may he rest in peace." Jimmy Kimmel

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