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Morning must reads for Friday, May 19, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 139th day of the year. There are 226 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 120th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns mostly disapprove of President Trump's firing of James Comey. Rep. Jason Chaffetz announces he's leaving Congress in June. Trump lashes out at the Russia investigation.

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Poll: More Utahns oppose President Trump's firing of James Comey than support the move

A plurality of Utahns say they disapprove of President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Showdown on Capitol Hill

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert – after being raked over the coals in a Utah House Republican CaucusWednesday afternoon -- told a KUED Channel 7 press conference Thursday that he’s sticking to his guns, and won’t call a special legislative session, whe...

Oooh! You're scaring me! - Bernick and Schott on politics #329

It's supposed to be an off-year politically, but the news is crazier than ever!...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #329

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott try to get a handle on all of the news from the last week in Utah politics....

Chaffetz confirms he will leave Congress on June 30

Rep. Jason Chaffetz officially announced he's leaving Congress on June 30....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Babylon Arch - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve--Tribune:From White Pine Lake to Hovenweep: Tribune writers reveal their favorite Utah campgrounds--Tribune:Waters running high, so are expectations for whitewater rafting adventures in U...

Joint statement by World Trade Center Utah President and CEO Derek B. Miller, Commissioner of Agriculture and Food LuAnn Adams and Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development Executive Director Dr. Laura Nelson
The recent announcement of a trade deal that will allow U.S. beef and natural gas exports into China is a big win for Utah companies. This change will lead to new opportunities in a country that is already one of Utah’s top trading partners....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Chaffetz walks away just when he had the chance to matter

Gov. Herbert to Utah Legislature: Forget special session

Chaffetz to step down from Congress at the end of June, regrets not finishing Clinton email probe

Rolly: Draper councilwoman's big sin? She was a Dem who had the audacity to win on GOP turf

SLC schools offer $44K starting salary to teachers

Homeless shelter subpopulations revealed in contentious meeting of nonprofit board

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Let's declare a war on cyber crime

54% of Utahns disapprove of Trump's job performance, poll shows

Rep. Jason Chaffetz announces he is leaving Congress June 30

South Salt Lake homeless shelter to house men, group decides

S.L. offers plan to clean up, reduce crime in Rio Grande area

Lawmaker fires warning over process for replacing Chaffetz


Editorial: Utah still can't figure out how to be wise with water (Daily Herald)

Provo Mayor John Curtis considering run for Jason Chaffetz's empty seat (Daily Herald)

Jason Chaffetz announces date for his early departure from Congress (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Obama Administration VP Biden Says He Could Run for President But 'Probably' Won't (TheStreet)

Fox News anchors learned of the death of former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes from Drudge (Daily Mail)

Trump makes first trip abroad (Associated Press)

Saudis Have a Red Carpet Ready for Trump, and a Steep Wish-List (Bloomberg)

Gowdy front-runner to be next Oversight chairman (The Hill)

Trump administration starts countdown to NAFTA talks in mid-August (Reuters)

Democratic Leaders Try to Slow Calls to Impeach Trump (New York Times)

U.S. Called Terror Risk Critical in Laptop Ban Meeting (Bloomberg)

Trump's budget expected to massively slash research on renewable energy - and 'clean coal' (Washington Post)

FCC votes to start rolling back landmark net neutrality rules (Washington Post)

Mnuchin mum as Dems press for answers on tax reform, Dodd-Frank (The Hill)

Wise Words


"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side

Priming the Pump
"Trump did an interview with The Economist in which he claims to have invented the phrase "priming the pump." For real. He said he came up with it a couple of days ago and he thought it was good. He's right, it is good. The phrase "priming the pump" has been around since the early 1930s." Jimmy Kimmel

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