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Morning must reads for Thursday, April 20, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 110th day of the year. There are 255 days remaining in 2017.

Chaffetz shocks the political world. Congress is racing to avoid a government shutdown. Fox News fires Bill O'Reilly.

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Chaffetz not running for re-election in 2018

Rep. Jason Chaffetz dropped a bombshell early Wednesday morning, announcing he would not run for re-election to Congress, or any office in 2018....

From contender to pretender

Rep. Jason Chaffetz's shocking announcement that he's not running in 2018 does two things....

Chaffetz for President in 2028?

Two weeks before he announced he was not running for re-election to congress in 2018, Rep. Jason Chaffetz's campaign registered two domains - jason2028.com and jasonchaffetz2028.com....

A totally bonkers, but not implausible rumor about Jason Chaffetz's future

The old joke is the most dangerous place in the world is between Rep. Jason Chaffetz and a television camera. That could be truer than you could imagine....

Weekly survey: Who will run for, and win, Chaffetz's seat in 2018?

With the shocking announcement Wednesday that Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not run for re-election, who do you think will jump into the race to replace him? Who is most likely to win that seat next year? Let us know your thoughts in our weekly survey....

Analysis: Why is Chaffetz stepping down from Congress?

Third District U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz stunned Utah politicos Wednesday morning by announcing he won’t run for re-election in 2018....

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber applauds Chevron's commitment to produce tier 3 fuels
Air quality remains a critical economic issue for Utah’s business community, which is why companies large and small are leading the way to address these challenges....

Utah congressional delegation listens to companies share importance of international trade
Representatives Bishop, Chaffetz, Love and Stewart joined 40 business leaders and Gov. Herbert at World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) yesterday to discuss the importance of trade for Utah’s economy....

Utah coal industry employment in long-term decline
Employment in Utah’s coal mining and coal power industries has been declining for decades, due in part to shrinking demand for coal and improvements in mining technology. Policy changes promised by the Trump administration are unlikely to change that....

STEM Innovation Award recipients announced
The STEM Action Center will hold its third annual STEM Innovation Awards in partnership with Utah Technology Council as part of the Utah Innovation Awards dinner on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Five individuals will be recognized for their contributions to STEM education s...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Chaffetz career a list of lost opportunities

Gehrke: With Chaffetz's first move, the 2020 governor's race starts now

Washington County prosecutor weighing criminal probe of Kane County districts

Chaffetz's planned departure touches off mad scramble among would-be candidates

Hatch joins founder of child-trafficking rescue group in call for funding, resources

Oil company vows pollution relief for Utah; air advocates skeptical

Chaffetz won't seek re-election, leaves option for 2020 gubernatorial run

Deseret News

Op-ed: Putting wishful thinking ahead of public safety

Ben Tullis: The future of Jason Chaffetz and his 3rd Congressional District seat

Chaffetz says he won't seek re-election but his plans remain unclear

Social media reacts to Jason Chaffetz's announcement that he won't seek re-election

From BYU football to national newsmaker, 11 major moments from Jason Chaffetz's career

Local firms ask Sen. Mike Lee to support grant funding for biotech

Will Hatch run? Utah is 'in suspense,' says political news site

GOP praises Chaffetz as Democrats celebrate his impending departure

Utah ranks 5th in U.S. for visitor spending at national parks

Bernie Sanders looming large in race to lead Utah Democratic Party


Jason Chaffetz announces he will not seek re-election, seat challengers evaluate future campaigns (Daily Herald)

Orrin Hatch partners with Operation Underground Railroad to fight trafficking (Daily Herald)

Utah County reactions over Chaffetz announcement are mixed (Daily Herald)

Indivisible Ogden, still seeking meeting, blasts Rep. Bishop as out of touch (Standard-Examiner)

$158 million I-15 project in Northern Utah moved up, thanks to $1B bonding bill (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

House Speaker Ryan sees long battle over tax reform (Reuters)

Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease like smallpox (Telegraph)

Honeymoon from Hell: The Liberal Media vs. President Trump (NewsBusters)

North Korea says don't mess with us as U.S. plans next move (Reuters)

CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks (CBS News)

Camille Paglia: Trump Already Headed Towards Reelection, Democrats Have Overplayed Their Hand (RealClearPolitics)

From Opa-locka to Fox News, the meteoric rise and fall of Bill O'Reilly (Miami Herald)

This man's deportation is testing Trump's murky stance on DACA (CNN)

Here's how France's hotly contested election could spark market turmoil (MarketWatch)

EPA plans to offer buyouts as part of Trump push to shrink workforce (Washington Post)

Emirates cuts US flights, blaming Trump administration curbs (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Seeing Results
"People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side

"Because of the scandals, "The O'Reilly Factor" has lost 2/3 of its advertisers in one week. On the bright side, United Airlines is still with him!" Conan O'Brien

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