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Morning must reads for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 137th day of the year. There are 228 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 118th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Trump tried to shut down FBI the investigation into Michael Flynn. Chaffetz jumps into the middle of the latest Trump controversy. Utah may have to slow down on planned road construction.

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Brown says elected Republicans urged him to run for GOP Chair

This weekend Utah Republicans will gather to elect a party chairman for the next two years. James Evans is seeking a third term to lead Republicans while Rob Anderson and Phill Wright are challenging him for the top spot. There was almost another candidate in the mix....

Lawmakers may have to slow down road projects to keep prime bond rating

State road bosses may have to slightly slow down some of their $1 billion construction over the next few years to meet a self-imposed borrowing requirement set by the GOP-controlled Legislature....

Beg to Differ podcast: 'Comey Island roller coaster'

Bryan Schott and Rep. Mike Winder chew on the firing of FBI Director James Comey....

Chaffetz demands records of all conversations between Comey and Trump (updated)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz wasted little time on Tuesday reacting to a report that President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn....

Weekly survey: Firing James Comey

Do you think President Donald Trump made the right move when he fired FBI Director James Comey? Let us know in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Nominees announced for two Court of Appeals vacancies
The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two vacancies on the Utah Court of Appeals. ...

Widening disparities, despite some progress, for Utah children of color
While lawmakers took some important steps toward addressing disparities during the 2017 Legislative Session, a new report by Voices for Utah Children reveals many missed opportunities and reviews the potential impact on children going forward....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: DeVos visit to Utah revives a really bad idea, school vouchers

Utah's Hatch: Trump sharing of classified info with Russia 'blown out of proportion'

What to do with Volkswagen's fine? Utah guv says buy new school buses

With Shurtleff in her corner, Draper councilwoman fights back against colleagues

Is the Salt Lake City attorney protecting the City Council from itself?

New task force digs into possible transportation reform

U. looks to create endowed chair honoring the late Bob Bennett

Utah's Chaffetz says he will subpoena Comey memo if necessary

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: Curing our contempt

Editorial: Change political pensions based on principle, not partisanship

Utah getting another $7.5 million in Volkswagen settlement

Salt Lake City is the best place to start a career

Man who accused Shurtleff, Swallow of public corruption released early from parole

Hatch honors heroic, fallen Utah police officers in Senate speech

Utah tech leaders weigh in on keeping the boom alive

Rep. Chris Stewart says Trump needs to be careful with classified information

UTA official relieved new task force not on a 'witch hunt'

Paper or cloth? Park City adopts Utah's first ban on plastic bags

Chaffetz calls for all FBI documents on President Trump and Comey


Provo mayoral candidate Stephen Cope discusses platform on 'What Say Ye?' podcast (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Sheriff Terry Thompson's misguided stance on medical cannabis (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Utah continues to hold out on the Prison Rape Elimination Act - but why? (Standard-Examiner)

County positions itself for land battle (Park Record)

National Headlines

Guests Remind NBC, CNN: Obama Gave Classified Intel to Russia (NewsBusters)

Hacker group that leaked NSA spy tools likely includes a U.S. insider, experts say (McClatchy)

Trump Signals Shift in Middle East Strategy With Symbolic First Stop in Saudi Arabia (VOA)

Amid Puerto Rico's Fiscal Ruins, a New Push for Statehood (New York Times)

Shocking new satellite photos show North Korea's nuclear missiles are more powerful than world feared and can hit US (The Sun)

Dems warn their Trump obsession will hurt party (McClatchy)

The Rock Is Already Leading Trump in the 2020 Presidential Race (The Wrap)

John Cornyn Takes Himself Out of Running to Lead the FBI (New York Times)

Chelsea Manning Is Expected to Leave Prison, 28 Years Early (New York Times)

Trump expansion of abortion 'gag rule' will restrict $8.8 billion in US aid (Washington Post)

The Trump-Dimon Love Affair Is Getting Messy (Vanity Fair)

Wise Words


"[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt." Samuel Adams

Lighter Side

Blue Cross Lyft
"Blue Cross is partnering with Lyft to give people rides to the doctor. It costs $600. The drivers are specially trained, and - it's just an ambulance." Jimmy Fallon

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