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Thursday's Talking Points - May 5, 2016

Good Thursday morning and Happy Cinco de Mayo from Salt Lake City. Today is the 126th day of the year. There are 240 days left in 2016.

Former Senator Bob Bennett passes. John Kasich drops out, leaving Donald Trump as the GOP nominee. Gov. Gary Herbert and Johnathan Johnson call for an end to Common Core.

The clock:

  • 54 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 74 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 81 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 187 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 263 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 308 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Former Senator Bob Bennett passes at the age of 82. He served three terms in the U.S. Senate and was ousted from office by the Tea Party in 2010 [Politico, Washington PostUtah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].

  2. John Kasich ends his campaign for president, leaving Donald Trump as the last man standing in the GOP race [New York Times, Bloomberg, FiveThirtyEight].

  3. House Speaker Greg Hughes is crowing that his support for Trump turned out to be prescient [Utah Policy]. Other Utah Republicans are reluctantly falling in line behind the presumptive GOP nominee [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].

  4. While Democrats are licking their chops over a Trump candidacy, there are some reasons he could win the White House in November [Politico, Washington Post].

  5. Who might Trump select as his running mate? Speculation is running rampant [The Hill, New York Times].

  6. Both Gov. Gary Herbert and challenger Jonathan Johnson call for an end to SAGE testing and Common Core [Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. Critics are beginning to wonder if Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has a long-term plan for Utah's capital city [Tribune].

  8. Here's what it would look like if Utah's members of Congress had to wear the logos of their donors [2 News].

  9. Sen. Mike Lee snags a much-coveted slot on the Republican national convention Rules Committee [Politico].

  10. The Justice Department says North Carolina's transgender bathroom law violates the Civil Rights Act [Politico, New York Times, CNN].

On this day in history:

  • 1821 - Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena.
  • 1925 - Biology teacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in violation of Tennessee state laws.
  • 1961 - Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space during a brief sub-orbital flight from Cape Canaveral.
  • 1985 - President Ronald Reagan attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a military cemetery in Bitburg, West Germany. The visit drew worldwide condemnation because 49 members of the Waffen SS were buried there.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah officials help keep the new Sagebrush Rebellion peaceful

Provo, Orem say referendums to block transit project illegal even before they get started

Utah Republican leaders lining up ­­­— reluctantly — behind Trump

Key Salt Lake City Council members give thumbs up to mayor’s pick for RDA boss

Some question whether Mayor Jackie Biskupki has a vision for Salt Lake City

Tribune religion reporter: Why I looked up to my Uncle Bob Bennett

Utah guv candidates Herbert and Johnson trade calls to end SAGE testing and Common Core

Bob Bennett, longtime Utah senator, dies at 82

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Puerto Rico is bankrupt

Editorial: Immigration debate yields no meaningful policy reform

Judge reduces pretrial check-ins for ex-Utah A.G. John Swallow

Governor, challenger call for end to Common Core, SAGE testing

Remembering Bob Bennett; dignitaries praise the former senator

Climate change and national forests: Shorter ski seasons? More time to camp?

A distinguished career: Bob Bennett's top 10 career moments

Utah GOP leaders ready to support presidential nominee, won't say they support Trump

Robert F. Bennett, former three-term U.S. senator from Utah, dies at age 82


County commission approves tax incentive for Provo development project (Daily Herald)

Utah leaders react to death of former Sen. Bob Bennett (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

The 9 worst predictions about Trump's rise to the top (Politico)

Kasich dropping out of presidential race (Politico)

Federal judge opens the door to Clinton deposition in email case (The Hill)

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US (Times of Israel)

Russia warns of retaliation as NATO plans more deployments in Eastern Europe (Reuters)

Army Captain Takes Obama to Court Over ISIS Fight (New York Times)

Trump aide: Clinton hasn't been 'truly' vetted before (The Hill)

Hillary Calls on Press to Toughen Up on Trump (Weekly Standard)

Donald Trump Teases Possible VP Requirements (ABC News)

Here's What Donald Trump Must Consider in Picking a Running Mate (NBC News)

The men America has left behind (CNNMoney)

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