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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - June 10, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 162nd day of the year. There are 204 days left in 2016.

Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton. Could Mia Love be Donald Trump's running mate? Orrin Hatch remembers his friend Muhammad Ali.

The clock:

  • 18 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 38 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 44 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 151 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 227 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 272 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. President Barack Obama gets off the fence and endorses Hillary Clinton [Bloomberg].

  2. Bernie Sanders, after meeting with President Obama, signals he's getting ready to end his campaign and pledges he will do everything he can to keep Donald Trump from the White House [New York Times]. 

  3. Hillary Clinton sets the entire internet on fire with a three-word Tweet directed at Donald Trump. Trump took to Twitter to attack Obama's endorsement of Clinton. In response, Clinton tweeted "Delete your account" [Politico].

  4. In an astonishing interview, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he hasn't ruled out revoking his endorsement of Donald Trump. He also says Trump "doesn't know a lot about the issues" [Bloomberg].

  5. Speculation is swirling that Rep. Mia Love is on Donald Trump's short list for vice president. Love says she hasn't had any contact with the Trump campaign and is not interested in being his running mate [Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. Mitt Romney is hosting his annual political summit in Park City where prominent Republicans will mull the future of the party with Donald Trump as their nominee [Washington Post, Deseret News].

  7. Rep. Jason Chaffetz's Republican primary opponent, Chia-Chi Teng, alleges Chaffetz is using a government website to promote his campaign [Utah PolicyTribune].

  8. Sen. Orrin Hatch discusses his decades-long friendship with boxer Muhammad Ali [Politico].

  9. Census numbers say Utah is still at the bottom of the list when it comes to spending on public education [Tribune].

  10. A federal appeals court in California rules states can prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms [CNN].

On this day in history:

  • 1692 - Bridget Bishop was found guilty of the practice of witchcraft and was hanged in Salem Village. She was the first colonist executed during the Salem witch trials.
  • 1964 - The U.S. Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting off a filibuster by Southern lawmakers.
  • 2014 - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia was defeated by Tea Party challenger David Brat. It was one of the biggest primary election results in congressional history.

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Policy News

Press Release: Johnson for Governor Campaign Releases New Radio Ads, Extends Television Buys
The Johnson for Governor campaign made public three new radio ads. The campaign has also purchased additional television air time throughout the state for the final weeks leading up to the election.  ...

Press Release: Teng says Chaffetz using government website as campaign tool
Chia-Chi Teng is claiming Representative Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is using the Committee’s government website as his own campaign propaganda tool. Teng and Chaffetz are locked in a primary election battle to be se...

Lee Release: Email Privacy Bill Delayed By Warrantless Search Amendment
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Hatch Statement at Finance Committee Executive Session on Social Security and Medicare Trustees Nominations
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following opening statement at an executive session to consider two Social Security and Medicare Trustees nominations:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: We would preserve Comb Ridge to share pioneers’ heroic story

Editorial: Provo and Orem should not block debate over transit plan

Utah County No. 2 in nation for 2015 job growth

Johnson campaign gets another $250K from Overstock founder

Tactical toilets produced locally could solve Salt Lake City's potty problem

Dimple Dell development moratorium will lift with new standard

Utah’s lawsuit over federal lands nearly ready, expenses questioned

Presidential race, Donald Trump and future of the GOP looms over Mitt Romney’s upcoming Utah E2 Summit

School board candidates talk testing, teacher morale and party politics at Layton debate

Deseret News

Op-ed: Voters ultimately will decide the future of Utah's economy

Jay Evensen: Presidential politics — how did we get from 1952 to here?

Editorial: Salt Lake County's actions will improve water conservation

Overstock founder gives another $250K to Jonathan Johnson's campaign for governor

$200K will fund Pioneer Park porta-potties; park police funding unclear

At House of Lords, Elder Oaks says world is far short of religious liberty for all


Lindon elected officials cast four rounds of votes before filling empty council seat (Daily Herald)

Party leaders, analysts promote unity in response to Clinton's presumptive nomination (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Sanders signals the end is near (Politico)

Senate Democrats tout Warren for VP (Politico)

Trump reacts to Obama endorsing Clinton: 'He wants four more years' (The Hill)

White House not pushing Sanders to end bid (The Hill)

Sanders vows to work with Clinton as Dems move toward party unity (CNN)

States can restrict concealed weapons, appeals court says (CNN)

American who fought for ISIS facing charges (CNN)

Kasich on Trump endorsement: 'Why would I?' (CNN)

Obama Thinks Hillary Is More Qualified Than These 9 People (Daily Caller)

EPA's Plan to Boost Ethanol Use in Gasoline Gets Hearing (Associated Press)

Famed For Breaking The British Pound, Billionaire George Soros Returns As A Brexit Bear (Forbes)

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