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Morning must reads for Monday, April 17, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 107th day of the year. There are 258 days remaining in 2017.

Hatch and Lee on opposite ends of favorable ratings. Allen outraises Jason Chaffetz during the first quarter of 2017. Trump ratchets up pressure on North Korea.

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Poll: Hatch's approval ratings underwater, Lee in positive territory

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, who now says he will run for re-election next year unless something happens to change his mind, is underwater in his favorability ratings, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

'Political Insiders' say Hatch will likely run in 2018

Sen. Orrin Hatch sure looks like he's gearing up for a run at an 8th term in 2018. Our "Political Insiders" think he'll be hitting the campaign trail soon....

Democrat Kathryn Allen raised 3 times as much as Chaffetz in latest filings

Democrat Kathryn Allen outraised Rep. Jason Chaffetz by more than a 3-1 margin during the first quarter of this year....

Love says Trump needs to be more specific with his North Korea strategy (with video)

Rep. Mia Love says President Donald Trump is not clear with his strategy toward North Korea....

New report highlights lackluster protection of IP rights by Obama administration

New data from a Government Accountability Office report issued today illustrates that, under the Obama administration, federal agencies charged with monitoring and enforcing international trade agreements prioritized resources on only two issue areas and neglected ...

Nominees announced for 3rd District Juvenile Court vacancies

The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two vacancies on the 3rd District Juvenile Court. ...

Policy News

Americans for Affordable Products releases new polling on Congress' border adjustment tax
Americans for Affordable Products (AAP) – a collection of more than 400 businesses and trade associations seeking to stop the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) – released new polling showing strong public opposition for a trillion-dollar tax increase on middle-income f...

Press release: Park City celebrates science, not silence
March for Science Park City announces its participation in a national effort to raise awareness of the benefits science brings to society....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Some proposals to improve the governance of UTA

Op-ed: Constitution provides protection from tyranny

Op-ed: Turn state prison site into our own Central Park

Op-ed: Extend the EITC to more taxpayers

Editorial: Utahns can handle the truth of taxation

Marc Woolley is Biskupski's pick for SLC's urban renewal agency despite murky past

Second stay sought in 'no promo homo' lawsuit pending school rule changes

South Salt Lake leaders shop for ideas to improve homeless shelter coming to their city

Utah discloses previously confidential contract with Amazon

Pleasant Grove group moves forward with 'roads first' push

With Trump-chicken as their mascot, hundreds rally for president to release tax returns

Changing China: A Trump-led trade war? It could hurt Utah and rapidly growing Beijing

Viral fundraising catapults Dem over Chaffetz

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Can McAdams revitalize Utah Democratic Party?

Boyd Matheson: No safety in geography for homeless

Op-ed: A realistic view of Bears Ears National Monument

Op-ed: Reforming the Antiquities Act into a law for the people

Editorial: Reducing particulate pollutants

Herbert: Not time for Disneyland, despite state economic successes

Controlling costs for new state prison could mean fewer beds

State's economy fueling population growth

Utahns join thousands across U.S. in call for Trump to release tax returns

'Shocking' contracts for 2 ex-UTA execs valued at $1.1M each

Report: Utah taxpayers donate more to homelessness than education


New chair of Utah County Dems wants to get the party organized (Daily Herald)

Utah fiber-optic network UTOPIA may grow, giving Bountiful new internet options (Standard-Examiner)

Mayor says UTA board stonewalling attempts at reform, transit agency has different view (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Speaking in Korea, Pence emphasizes U.S. resolve (Associated Press)

Break away from the USA? The effort to cleave California faces its own split (Los Angeles Times)

Protests sweeping South America show rising antigovernment anger (Washington Post)

Erdogan's Referendum Victory Puts Turkey on Collision Course With Europe (Wall Street Journal)

After Afghan Talks, US Hints at Harder Line on Pakistan (New York Times)

North Korea's embarrassing missile launch failure may have been caused by US cyber attack (The Sun)

Trump wants to know 'who paid for' rallies seeking release of tax returns (Associated Press)

Will Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch recuse himself on his first day on the job? (FOX News)

As tensions with North Korea flare, Trump spends quiet weekend at Mar-a-Lago (Washington Post)

Pro-Trump group launches a $3 million ad campaign to prop up House allies (Washington Post)

Trump nominates vocal critic to head Export-Import Bank, casting uncertainty on agency's future (Washington Post)

Wise Words

"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts." John Locke

Lighter Side

"Because of the sexual allegations against him, it's rumored that Bill O'Reilly's show may be going off the air. For continuity's sake, Fox will replace it with reruns of "The Cosby Show." Conan O'Brien

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