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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Friday, April 7, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 97th day of the year. There are 268 days remaining in 2017.

Trump launches airstrikes against Syria. Romney is weighing a run for U.S. Senate in 2018. 

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Bob Bernick's notebook: Republicans using tax money to pay debt from legal fight over SB54

As Utah Republicans fill out their state income tax returns -- eyes toward the April 15 filing deadline -- they may want to remember that any $2 check-off they make will not go, as usual, to party operations, but now will go to pay off a $210,000 legal bill....

Income tax donations to Utah Republicans, Democrats falling

It’s tax time – the personal income tax filing deadline is April 15th – and Utahns will get the chance to “check-off” $2 on their income tax returns to the political party of their choice, as they have for years....

Hatch: Dems have only themselves to blame for rules change

In an op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch details the waysSenateDemocrats have progressively poisonedthe judicial confirmation process overthe past 30 years, dating back totheir treatment of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas in the 80s. Liberals are cryingfoul over the Senate GOP's deploy...

Utahns aren't buying what Trump is selling - Bernick and Schott on politics #323

President Donald Trump's approval rating in Utah is underwater (just barely), but a majority of Utahns don't believe Trump's claims that the Obama administration wiretapped him during the 2016 campaign. Will Utahns reverse course on their attitudes about Trump?...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #323

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the who, what, when, where, why, how and if of the last week in Utah politics....

Report: Romney seriously considering a 2018 Senate bid

Remember last week when Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would step aside if a "really outstanding person" like Mitt Romney were to run for his seat in 2018? That might be happening....

Weekly survey: Has the homeless resource center issue hurt or helped McAdams

Has the controversy surrounding the search for a new homeless resource center in Salt Lake County helped or hurt Mayor Ben McAdams? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Monrovian Park in central Utah-- Tribune: Surprises on the hiking trails of Monrovian Park in central Utah-- Tribune: A lot of design goes into those helpful park and trail maps-- Tribune: Catch fly-fishing tips, gear and more ...

Utah Economic Summit features Arthur Brooks, celebrates opportunity
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced Arthur Brooks as the keynote speaker for the 11th annual Utah Economic Summit on Friday, April 14 at the Grand America Hotel....

GOED names World Trade Center Utah as official international business promotion organization
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has contracted with World Trade Center Utah to oversee the state’s international business promotion activities....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Students can handle LGBT question that schools are afraid to ask

Rolly: Best judiciary money can buy? Hatch, Lee know all about dark-money PACs backing Gorsuch

Hatch, Lee opposed 'nuclear option' in 2013, but both said it had to be done in Gorsuch confirmation

Utah's Stewart disagrees with Nunes stepping down from Russia probe, calls ethics complaint 'absurd'

SLC police chief blames crime surge on county jail restrictions; sheriff disputes any link to his lock-up policy

Midcareer teachers feel overlooked in proposed Jordan School District salary plan

Gehrke: It may be intriguing, but don't bet on a Romney run for U.S. Senate

Chaffetz lauds U.S. airstrike on Syria; Stewart commends Trump's swift action; 'Amen,' Hatch says

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah Legislature should allow Tesla to compete

Jay Evensen: Where's the grand plan to help the Rio Grande neighborhood recover?

Hal Boyd: Sen. Mitt Romney? Atlantic report says there's a chance

Editorial: Town halls work best with civil dialogue

Hatch, Lee vote for 'nuclear option' to ensure Gorsuch confirmation

Hatch, Stewart propose bill to ensure ATV access to Hurricane Sand Dunes

Amid contention over homeless issues, Salt Lake leaders celebrate success stories

Federal monitoring of UTA 'unprecedented,' state official says

Over a decade, LDS Church has given $42 million to homeless relief in Salt Lake

'Very clear message:' Reactions to missile strikes in Syria


Editorial: BRT opponents need to face reality (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A tent city in Salt Lake will create a homeless crisis throughout Utah (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump offers Xi steak, not a Big Mac, at Mar-a-Lago (Politico)

U.S. Launches Missiles at Syrian Base After Chemical Weapons Attack (NBC News)

Trump: Syrian strike is in 'vital national security interest' of United States (USA Today)

To Revive Health Bill, GOP Adds an Obamacare-Like Subsidy (Bloomberg)

Donors' Enthusiasm for Trump Energizes RNC Fundraising (Wall Street Journal)

Bannon wants a war on Washington. Now he's part of one inside the White House. (Washington Post)

With Gorsuch filibuster, Democrats embrace a 'political' Supreme Court (Washington Post)

How World War I changed the world forever (FOX News)

President Trump should like what's in Friday's jobs report (CNBC)

Iowa Obamacare market gets second big hit as insurer Aetna says it will drop out in 2018 (CNBC)

Trump and Warren Agree? Maybe, on Plan to Shrink Big Banks (New York Times)

Wise Words

"Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it." ~Robert Brault

Lighter Side

Not Meddling
"Vladimir Putin denied meddling in our presidential election. Not helping was that Putin made the statement from behind the desk in the Oval Office." Conan O'Brien

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