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Morning must reads for Friday, April 28, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 118th day of the year. There are 247 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 99th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Herbert won't call a special session to address Congressional vacancies. Trump warns of conflict with North Korea. Republicans are racing to keep the government running for another week.

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Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's notebook: Odds and ends from a tumultuous week in Utah politics

Wow. Big week in Utah politics....

We got trouble with a capital 'T' - Bernick and Schott on politics #326

President Donald Trump is poised to revoke the Bears Ears National Monument established by President Obama....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics #326

Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick run down the week in Utah politics....

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....

Colbert: Chaffetz is a 'Gutless Charles Schultz rough draft' (with video)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has become a favorite punching bag for late-night comedian Stephen Colbert....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah Hike of the Week: Red Reef Trail - Red Cliffs Recreation Area--Tribune:In Utah's Red Cliffs, desert beauty moves at a tortoise's pace--Tribune:When even the most prepared angler must consider, 'That's why they call it fishing and not catching'-- T...

Press release: Utah job creators ready to enact pro-growth tax policy
Americans for Affordable Products – a collection of more than 400 businesses and trade associations seeking to stop the Border Adjustment Tax – released the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s tax policy:...

Lee responds to FCC announcement on net neutrality
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai announced the FCC will begin the rulemaking process to functionally repeal the agency’s 2015 Open Internet Order....

Envision Utah invites tech community to discuss future of industry
Envision Utah proudly invites Utah's community leaders to attend its Spring breakfast event on May 16 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City for a discussion of Utah's future....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah's national monuments have already justified themselves

Daggett County's search for a new sheriff is no easy task

Rolly: Will black Republican group lose its seat at Utah GOP's main table?

Does the U.S. Census undercount Utah Navajos? Huge implications for state's poorest county

UTA adopts tougher anti-nepotism rule over objections of 'reformer' board member

How much water does Utah really use? With data based on guesswork, the answer is unclear

Herbert worries calling session would allow lawmakers to game special election

Chaffetz recovering from surgery

Rift at University of Utah poses a new challenge for controversial health reformer Vivian Lee

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Vibrant downtown SLC radiates energy to all of Utah

Jay Evensen: Trump's efforts unlikely to settle Western lands issues

Editorial: Utah housing crunch needs to be rectified with affordable housing

Utah can be a model for success for other states, Bloomberg writer says

Chaffetz 'resting comfortably' after foot surgery

Interior Secretary Zinke, Utah delegation meet to discuss next steps on Bears Ears

Biskupski orders resignation of Salt Lake City's longtime UTA trustee

Is Utah still a model for solving chronic homelessness?

Audit considered amid criticized donation to University of Utah


Editorial: All hands needed to address housing crisis (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy (Reuters)

Obama scores another $400K speaking fee amid criticism (New York Post)

Sean Hannity Defends Fox News Co-President Bill Shine, Warns of 'End of FNC as We Know It' (Variety)

House will not vote on Affordable Care Act rewrite, smoothing way for government to stay open (Washington Post)

What to know about Trump's national monuments executive order (The Hill)

Trump tough on South Korea: Threatens to terminate free trade deal, wants payment for THAAD missile defense system (CNBC)

Mexico's president says opportunity to update NAFTA to benefit all 3 countries (Reuters)

Trump to press for Arctic offshore oil opening (Politico)

Get ready for tech giants to start churning out fake news to 'save' net neutrality (The Hill)

Revisiting Nafta: The Stakes for Key Industries (New York Times)

White House says it's not targeting 401(k) plans in tax proposal (MarketWatch)

Wise Words

"Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent." Fisher Ames

Lighter Side

So Confused
"Marijuana is legal here in California by state law. But it's still technically illegal, according to federal law. So the LAPD, the police, can't arrest you for having pot but an FBI agent can. It's confusing, right? Now imagine trying to understand that while you're high." Jimmy Kimmel

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