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Morning must reads for Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 136th day of the year. There are 229 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 117th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Trump shared classified information with the Russians. Utahns don't know who State Auditor John Dougall is. Clinton forms a new political organization.

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Poll: Most Utahns don't know who John Dougall is

As a political junkie, you probably know who State Auditor John Dougall is. Well, you're way ahead of most Utahns....

Will state delegates boo Herbert and Hatch?

I’ve been watching and participating in politics since Calvin Rampton was governor. After Rampton, our governors have been Scott Matheson, Norm Bangerter, Mike Leavitt, Olene Walker, Jon Huntsman Jr., and now Gary Herbert....

Do you hear what I hear? Warren's plan to "help" people get hearing aids Is deafeningly bad

One of the casualties of our day is respect for expertise....

Office of the State Auditor releases audit of Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality

The Office of the State Auditor released its Audit of the Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality, identifying misappropriation of public funds by a former DWQ employee. ...

Policy News


Sen. Lee launches social capital project
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) published a report on Monday examining the state of associational life in America....

Hatch, Bennet, Burr, and Casey introduce bill to expand eligibility to experimental treatments
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation to improve clinical trials for experimental medical treatments that will ultimately save lives. ...

Varo Money to open Utah office
Varo Money and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced the financial technology company will expand to Utah, planning to add several hundred jobs to the community and $2.8 million in capital investment....

EP Systems selects Cache County for manufacturing site
Electronic Power Systems and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced the aerospace battery manufacturing company will expand to Utah, adding up to 128 jobs to the community and $11.6 million in capital investment....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Bill would gut financial consumer protections

Editorial: Lee is right to oppose attorney general's step backwards

Rolly: Utah County Republicans asking, 'Where did that $5,000 go?'

Utah auditor says Division of Water Quality employee falsified travel over a decade

Utah official gives tips for preventing ransomware taking over your computers

Chaffetz: Trump's sharing of intel with Russia should be probed - by House Intel panel

Swallow-Shurtleff accuser Jenson freed early from parole

Some urge more public input as Bears Ears' fate looms

Deseret News

Op-ed: A call for representatives who understand that opportunity is the bedrock of a free society

Q&A: Could less school and fewer tests be the key to better scores?

Sen. Mike Lee says Trump 'fully cooperating' with investigation of Russia election meddling

Poll: McAdams' approval rating drops 10 points in Salt Lake County

Rep. Rob Bishop says future of F-35 secure in Utah

Utah reps in lockstep on Russia, Bears Ears, health care

WannaCry ransomware attack exposes weaknesses, raises ethical questions

National Headlines

Obama-linked group to target vulnerable House Republicans (McClatchy)

In Computer Attacks, Clues Point to Frequent Culprit: North Korea (New York Times)

There is evidence Seth Rich had contact with WikiLeaks prior to death (FOX 5)

Trump confident travel ban is lawful (Washington Post)

Strict North Carolina Voter ID Law Thwarted After Supreme Court Rejects Case (New York Times)

Trump to light White House blue to support police who face 'unfair defamation and vilification' (Washington Post)

Democrats set for first view of potential 2020 candidates (CNN)

GOP senators lukewarm to lawmaker leading FBI (The Hill)

Republican rep roils Alabama Senate race (The Hill)

Trump's Tax Plan Renews Anxieties About Deficits And The Debt (NPR)

Trump Plan to Slash LLC Rate Is Boon for Top Earners, Study Says (Bloomberg)

Wise Words

Law and Liberty

"Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge." James Wilson

Lighter Side

Four More
"The next season of "Scandal" will be its last. ABC is ending "Scandal." Fortunately, the White House picked it up for four more seasons." Jimmy Fallon

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