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Morning must reads for Thursday, May 18, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 138th day of the year. There are 227 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 119th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns disapprove of Donald Trump's job performance. The fight between Gov. Herbert and the legislature is turning nasty. Robert Mueller tapped as special counsel to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

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Poll: Most Utahns disapprove of Trump's job performance

President Donald Trump has been in office for four months, but Utahns have not warmed up to him at all....

Chaffetz: What 'crime' is Mueller supposed to investigate?

Democrats are cheering the appointment of Robert Mueller to investigate supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But Rep. Jason Chaffetz vocalizes what a lot of peopleare wondering inthe wake of Mueller's appointment: what "actual crime" is the former FBI D...

Saturday's Utah GOP convention is reportedly in danger over unpaid rental fee

Salt Lake County officials have reportedly threatened to cancel the Utah GOP's contract to rent the South Towne Expo center on Saturday for their convention because the party still owes about $13,000 on their contract to rent the facility this year....

Think twice before giving delegates control of Utah election process

Here’s a prediction: There will be an enormous backlash if the Legislature enables political party delegates to select nominees to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz, instead of allowing all party voters to make the selection in a primary election.  ...

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....

Legislators lobbing threats at Herbert in the fight over a special election to replace Chaffetz

Within the bounds of Utah Republican congenial politics, what’s happening now on Capitol Hill between GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and Republicans lawmakers is about as bad as it’s been in recent years....

Hatch: Allegations against Trump are 'overblown' (with video)

Sen. Orrin Hatch says the current scandal engulfing President Donald Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey is "overblown."...

Poll: Utahns say all voters, not just party delegates, should pick nominees to replace Chaffetz

Who should pick the candidates to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz if he resigns his seat in Congress early? One option is a primary election where voters select the nominees. The other is leaving it up to party delegates to put forward their preferred candidate.  A new poll...

Policy News


Breakfast with British Consulate Head of Trade & Investment
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome the Honorable Carlo Cavagna, Head of Trade & Investment for the British Consulate....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Sheriff, commission undermine public trust in San Juan County

Gehrke: GOP lawsuit has left a party saddled with debt, scraping for donors

Legislators, county clerks tussle over 'ranked-choice voting' proposal

Hill Air Force Base's F-35s said to have performed well in training abroad despite a few glitches

More Utah school districts approve pay hikes for educators

Utah Legislature continues wrestling with tax reform, possible food tax hike

Utah's flawed sex offender treatment program facing drastic reforms, officials say

New DUI law bans new immigrants from driving after even a drop of alcohol

Chaffetz's resignation expected soon, Legislature-governor tiff escalates over how to replace him

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Will the Wasatch Front end up like the Bay Area?

Editorial: SB 54: Time for the GOP to drop its legal challenge

Editorial: Mr. Chaffetz, are you staying or going?

Lawmakers want to set rules for replacing Chaffetz

This false internet rumor suggests Orrin Hatch will be our next president

Utah legislators looking at unintended consequences of .05% DUI law

Researcher says Uinta Basin's high ozone likely to result in EPA action

Counties seek state funds to offset burden of criminal justice reform

Draper councilwoman hires Shurtleff in feud with city leaders

F-35 training exercise deemed successful, Hill AFB officials say

Other

Syracuse leaders say no to holding multiple elective posts at the same time (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Media Reach Peak Meltdown Over Comey Memo, Russian Disclosure (PoliZette)

Trump Considering Joe Lieberman for FBI Director (NBC News)

Ryan: 'Some people ... want to harm the president' (Politico)

Democratic leaders seek to stifle impeachment talk (Politico)

Early morning raids end in arrests of nearly two dozen MS-13 gang suspects (Los Angeles Times)

Manning leaves US prison seven years after giving secrets to WikiLeaks (Reuters)

Sheriff David Clarke Says He'll Take a Top Homeland Security Job (New York Times)

Immigration arrests soar under Trump (Washington Post)

Bipartisan group of senators push back on Sessions's order to pursue most severe penalties (Washington Post)

US and EU Confer on Possible Laptop Ban on Trans-Atlantic Flights (New York Times)

Today's oil prices are helping US drillers beat OPEC. Goldman's Jeffrey Currie explains how (CNBC)

Wise Words

Opinion
"A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation." Thomas Paine

Lighter Side

Voter Fraud
"Donald Trump signed an executive order to establish a commission to investigate voter fraud. Trump says that he and his commission want to make sure every American gets a vote, and that every Russian gets two." James Corden

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