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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Thursday, April 27, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 117th day of the year. There are 248 days remaining in 2017.

Utahns give Gov. Herbert high marks. President Trump puts a bullseye on Bears Ears. Trump's tax plan would benefit wealthy Americans.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns continue to give Gov. Gary Herbert high marks

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert continues to have a high approval rating, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Chaffetz could become the first Utah member of Congress to quit early

If Jason Chaffetz resigns early, he will become the first-ever member of the U.S. House from Utah to quit his term....

Weekly survey: The fate of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

President Trump signed an executive order to review national monument designations since 1996, which includes Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. What do you think will be the outcome of this review? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Time to build: Infrastructure Week preview
Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid, broadband… it is all infrastructure....

President praises Hatch's leadership in giving Utahns a voice on Bears Ears
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, praised President Trump for signing an executive order this morning calling for a review of national monuments—in particular, Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National ...

Senator Lee thanks President Trump for beginning monument review
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday after President Trump signed an Executive Order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review every monument designation made pursuant to the Antiquities Act since 1996....

Gov. Herbert statement on national monument review executive order
After witnessing the president’s signing of the Executive Order for a Review of Designations under the Antiquities Act at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. today, Gov. Gary R. Herbert offered the following comments:...

Rep. Stewart attends signing of Antiquities Act Executive Order
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined President Trump for the signing of an Executive Order asking for a review of all of the National Monuments created in the last 21 years. This includes a review of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments....

Speaker Hughes responds to President Trump's executive order to review national monuments
President Donald Trump signed an executive order to have Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke review national monument designations and the history of the Antiquities Act, which was never intended to lock up large swathes of land as it has been used over the past two decades....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Orrin Hatch: It's time to undo the federal land grab of Bears Ears

Editorial: Utah liquor laws fly past peculiar and into weird

Trump orders review of national monuments, says Bears Ears 'should never have happened'

Salt Lake City Mayor Biskupski signs on as a leader of Sierra Club clean energy campaign

New tie to past scandal delays UTA approval of controversial land deal

Stakeholders jostle for position on nonprofit that will run Utah's homeless initiative

Foot surgery again pulls Chaffetz from duty, this time in Washington

State probe of University of Utah operations likely after Huntsman Cancer Institute upheaval

Deseret News

Derek B. Miller: Utah hasn't forgotten the power of free enterprise

Richard Davis: The new tea party activists ... the Democrats

Editorial: Safety is and ought to be our first priority

Patagonia, Chaffetz, others react to Trump's new executive order on national monuments

Deal to sell UTA property on hold amid concerns about impact on nonprosecution agreement

Dying homeless in Salt Lake City

Trump rolls out executive order reviewing federal education rules

Trump puts bull's-eye on Bears Ears National Monument

Chaffetz to miss key votes on budget because of need for foot surgery

Huntsman: Firing nearly cost University of Utah $250 million


Jason Chaffetz will be away from Congress for emergency foot surgery (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

White House unveils dramatic plan to overhaul tax code in major test for Trump (Washington Post)

Senators Told North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Urgent (Washington Free Beacon)

FCC Chairman Pushes Sweeping Changes to Net Neutrality Rules (New York Times)

Trump contemplating plans to let US withdraw from NAFTA (Washington Post)

Republicans launch effort to roll back the Dodd-Frank banking regulations (Washington Post)

Easing Shutdown Worries, Trump Relents On Another Major Hurdle (NPR)

Freedom Caucus gets to yes on healthcare (The Hill)

Trump orders review of national monuments, claiming 'egregious abuse' (The Hill)

Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control (New York Times)

Obama Balances Civic-Minded Side With the Lure of a $400000 Speech (New York Times)

A new federal office will seek to assist victims of crimes committed by immigrants (Los Angeles Times)

Wise Words

National Defense
"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman." John Adams

Lighter Side

Calling Freud
"North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned that he might unleash a "super mighty preemptive strike." When she heard, Mrs. Kim Jong-un rolled her eyes and said, "Trust me, I wouldn't worry about it." Conan O'Brien

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