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Friday's Talking Points - May 13, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 134th day of the year. There are 232 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump meets with Paul Ryan. Sen. Orrin Hatch falls in line behind Trump. The Obama administration will order public schools to accommodate transgender students in bathrooms and locker rooms.

The clock:

  • 46 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 66 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 73 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 179 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 255 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 300 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Donald Trump meets with Paul Ryan in Washington. Ryan says he was encouraged by the meeting [Politico].

  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he is backing Trump while Sen. Mike Lee is still keeping his distance because Trump "scares him to death" [Deseret News, Trump].

  3. The Obama administration will instruct public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity [Washington Post, Associated Press].

  4. A federal judge ruled against a key provision of Obamacare, saying the Obama administration does not have the power to fund cost reductions to insurers without an appropriation from Congress. Republicans in the U.S. House initially brought the lawsuit [The Hill, Washington Post].

  5. Turns out Donald Trump's former butler, Anthony Senecal, is incredibly racist. He once published racially tinged posts on Facebook saying President Obama should be killed. He's now under investigation by the Secret Service [Mother Jones].

  6. Here's some footage of Trump flip-flopping on many issues during the presidential race [ABC News].

  7. The race between Misty Snow and Jonathan Swinton for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination is still a toss-up as a majority of voters remain undecided [Utah Policy].

  8. Gov. Gary Herbert is the 5th "most popular" governor in the nation according to a series of favorability polls ranking the chief executives of each state. Herbert scored a 64% approval rating [Morning Consult].

  9. The Utah ACLU files an open-records request fo the body camera footage from the officer-involved shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed in downtown Salt Lake City in February of this year [Deseret News].

  10. Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill says he will refuse to prosecute cases where body camera footage is made public before trial [2 News].

On this day in history:

  • 1607 - Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America, was founded in Virginia.
  • 1846 - The United States declared war on Mexico.
  • 1963 - President John F. Kennedy sent military riot-control units to Birmingham, Alabama to help quell racial unrest.
  • 1981 - Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.
  • 1985 - Philadelphia police dropped a bomb onto the headquarters of the radical group MOVE; 11 people died in the resulting fire. 

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: UTA needs to break the secrecy habit

Rolly: Oops — flier mistakenly put Gov. Herbert in middle of GOP Senate showdown

State committee orders that contested Lake Powell Pipeline payment model be released to public

Orrin Hatch meets with Trump while Mike Lee says he ‘scares me to death’

Energy industry sues feds over sage grouse plans

State panel rules against Tribune’s request to see AG’s records of alleged police choking CEO Patrick Byrne ordered to pay nearly $1M in libel case

Deseret News

Editorial: Preparing for SL Airport expansion

Hatch says he will help Trump in campaign, hopes Trump will 'soften some of his rhetoric'

Western energy producers sue over sage grouse plans

Utah 'moving the needle' for women in leadership

Counties, state decry ‘D.C. down’ land management changes

Erroneous reports tie LDS Church to Panama Papers

State School Board considers alternatives to SAGE for high schoolers


Republican group tries to increase young representation of national delegates (Daily Herald)

Sen. Orrin Hatch endorses Donald Trump for president (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Sorry, Gov. Herbert. Our children aren't pawns in your re-election campaign (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

House GOP wins Obamacare lawsuit (Politico)

Boehner: 'Anyone who thinks Donald Trump can't win, just watch' (Politico)

Mark Cuban: Clinton should pick 'someone like me' for VP (The Hill)

Senate Republicans ask Trump to soften his tone (The Hill)

Obama administration tells public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms of their choice (FOX News)

Obama administration reportedly planning more deportation raids (FOX News)

Trump and GOP leaders bury hatchet on bizarre day (CNN)

Facebook news selection is in hands of editors not algorithms, documents show (Guardian)

Facebook CEO wants to meet with conservatives amid bias allegations (ABC News)

Clinton abandoned secure line to use home phone, new email shows (The Hill)

Housing boss threatens Black Lives Matter protesters with ass kicking (New York Post)

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