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Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - June 11, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Romney set to host GOP presidential hopefuls in Park City. Half of Utahns still think invading Iraq in 2003 was a good idea. The Salt Lake City Council approves putting more police on the streets.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 61
  • Days to the 2015 election - 145
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 222
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 229
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 230
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 384
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 517

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Mitt Romney is set to host some 2016 GOP presidential contenders at his annual Park City Summit [The Hill, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. New Hampshire Republicans are rebelling against Fox News' criteria for deciding which candidates get on the stage for the first primary debate in August [Politico].
  3. Half of Utahns still support the 2003 invasion of Iraq even though the justification for military action was based on faulty intelligence [Utah Policy].
  4. The U.S. Senate confirms John Huber as the new U.S. Attorney for Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The Salt Lake City Council approves extra funding to put more police officers on the street [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  6. Outdoor adventure companies that hold federal permits are worried they may be mandated to raise salaries under an Obama administration executive order [Tribune, ABC 4].
  7. Journalists are trying to shake loose the details of the deal between Utah State University and Maverik over naming rights to the school's football stadium [Tribune].
  8. Tuesday's raids that shut down massage parlors may be the biggest anti-human trafficking operation in Utah's history [Fox 13].
  9. Google Fiber begins construction in Salt Lake City [Fox 13, ABC 4, KUER].
  10. Salt Lake City is looking to crack down on price gouging by taxis at Salt Lake International Airport [KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman were appointed by the Continental Congress to write a declaration of independence for the American colonies from England.
  • 1963 - Facing federalized Alabama National Guard troops, Gov. George Wallace ended his blockade of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and allowed two African-Americans to enroll.
  • 1987 - Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win three consecutive terms.
  • 1990 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down an anti-flag-burning law passed by Congress the year before.
  • 1994 - After 49 years, the Russian military occupation of what had been East Germany ended with the departure of the Red Army from Berlin.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Half of Utahns Still Support Iraq Invasion Despite Intelligence Failures
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Salt Lake City needs to act against sexual harassment on the job

Big Layton road project begins - with controversial design

Salt Lake City tries a different approach to fighting crime, dealing with homeless

Senate confirms Huber as Utah's new U.S. attorney

Mormon aid helped in 132 disasters last year, apostle Holland says

Outfitters fear Obama-ordered wage hike could sink their rafts

GOP presidential hopefuls heading to Romney event in Utah

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Ethics is not a partisan issue

Op-ed: Prison in Gunnison reveals a prison's true nature - a taker that keeps on taking

Editorial: New water rule illustrates how government is not supposed to work

Natalie Gochnour: Utah punches above its weight

Jay Evensen: Getting Utahns to look beyond the number 51 in education spending

Senate confirms new U.S. attorney for Utah

Romney to host at least 6 GOP presidential hopefuls at annual Deer Valley summit

S.L. City Council approves funding to increase police staffing


Editorial: It's time to move forward with BRT (Daily Herald)

Jeffrey R. Holland addresses all-party parliamentary group in UK House of Lords (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah needs Medicaid expansion (Standard-Examiner)

Pentagon: Utah labs received live anthrax from Dugway (Standard-Examiner)

Road work helps Layton remain in economic driver's seat (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Between Iraq and a hard place (Politico)

Ryan, health chief clash over ObamaCare plans (The Hill)

Last-second objections threaten Obama-GOP vote on trade (The Hill)

Chris Christie slams GOP for not being 'welcoming' to minorities (CBS News)

Lindsey Graham's White House Would Have A 'Rotating First Lady' (ABC News)

After son's death, Biden balances grief with public duties (Washington Post)

Los Angeles City Council approves minimum wage hike (Reuters)

Jeb Bush And Florida's 'Scarlet Letter Law,' Explained (NPR)

Bill Clinton jokes about pot (CNN)

This conservative businessman thinks he can change the GOP's mind on climate change (Washington Post)

World Bank sees slower global growth, urges Fed to wait on rates (Reuters)


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