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Monday's Talking Points - May 9, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 130th day of the year. There are 236 days left in 2016.

Mitt Romney is being urged to run for president as an independent. Donald Trump says he's willing to negotiate his tax plan. The Obama administration urges Utah's members of Congress to find common ground on conserving the Bears Ears area.

The clock:

  • 50 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 70 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 77 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 183 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 259 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 304 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Mitt Romney is being courted by conservatives to run for president as a third-party candidate to stop Donald Trump [Washington Post].

  2. Trump says he's willing to negotiate on his tax plan, and that taxes on the wealthy may rise as a result [NBC News].

  3. Republicans are leaving no stone unturned in the search for transcripts or recordings of Hillary Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street bankers [The Hill].

  4. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are scheduled for a face-to-face on Thursday [Roll Call]. Trump says he will not rule out trying to replace Ryan as the chairman of the Republican National Convention [New York Times].

  5. The White House tells Utah's members of Congress to find consensus on conservation for the Bears Ears area [Tribune].

  6. Medicaid expansion could become an important issue in the 2016 Utah gubernatorial contest [2 News].

  7. The Utah County Republican Party is planning to campaign against three GOP candidates who used the signature-gathering route to get on the primary ballot [Tribune].

  8. Utahs new abortion law, which requires doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus, has many physicians in the state wondering how to comply [Deseret News].

  9. Rents are rising along the Wasatch Front and so is apartment construction [Deseret News].

  10. National parks are ramping up efforts to attract corporate sponsorships to bolster the bottom line [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1502 - Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain on his fourth and final voyage to the New World.
  • 1926 - U.S. Navy Cmdr. Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett were the first to fly over the North Pole.
  • 1960- The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a birth control pill.
  • 1974 - The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
  • 1979 - The United States and the Soviet Union reached a basic accord on the SALT 2 nuclear arms treaty.
  • 2012 - President Barack Obama said he had reversed his opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Local Headlines

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Op-ed: ECHO Act helps bring cutting-edge medicine to rural patients

Op-ed: To keep America and Utah safe and strong, we must invest in global solutions

Rolly: GOP purists follow their leaders like lemmings off the cliff

Editorial: Support Trump? Bennett would have tried to help him

Lake Powell proposal sent to feds contains errors, will require revision, state officials say

White House urges Utah delegation to find consensus on Bears Ears

Utah County Republican Party taking sides against some Republican candidates

Study finds traffic tickets bring smaller insurance hikes in Utah

Jon Huntsman Jr. offers personal — and political — advice to USU grads

Hatch visits with Netanyahu in Israel

Key players in Downtown Rising see themselves as stagehands, not stars

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Unpopular politicians and Clinton's chances in Utah

Op-ed: Patients need safe and legal access

Editorial: Wasatch air quality — generally good but unacceptably bad during brief periods each year

Activists ramp up fight over fossil fuels with protests, billboards and song

Romney 'dismayed' by presidential choices, won't run as independent

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Editorial: If porn is a crisis, where is the true commitment to stopping it? (Daily Herald)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz teaches Lehi fifth-graders how a bill becomes a law (Daily Herald)

Democratic commission candidate wants to help county employees (Daily Herald)

GOP commission candidates want to set example for national politics with clean campaign (Daily Herald)

Ogden mayor credits stable industries for city's national success (Standard-Examiner)

New FDA regulations on e-cigarettes alarm small Utah vape shops (Standard-Examiner)

Logan budget overview forecasts property tax increase, employee raises (Logan Herald Journal)

'Seeing the big picture:' Cache Water District pushes for inclusion on November ballot (Logan Herald Journal)

Mail-in ballot letters create confusion (Park Record)

National Headlines

Why Middle Eastern Leaders Are Talking to Putin, Not Obama (Politico)

McCain: GOP would be 'foolish' to ignore voters (The Hill)

For Clinton, beating Trump isn't a slam dunk (CNN)

The year of the hated: Clinton and Trump, two intensely disliked candidates, begin their face-off (Washington Post)

Trump invokes Clinton impeachment in latest attack (CNN)

President Obama Says 'Beyoncé Runs the World' in Howard University Commencement Speech (People)

Donald Trump: I might raise taxes on the rich (Washington Times)

Alabama’s top judge is suspended, and may lose job, after blocking gay marriage (Washington Post)

Reversal unlikely as deadline approaches on N Carolina law (Associated Press)

Trump v Clinton on foreign policy (BBC News)

As Trump and Clinton face off, Main Street is looking for details (CNBC)

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