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Friday, June 3, 2016

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Friday's Talking Points - June 3, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 155th day of the year. There are 211 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Paul Ryan finally endorses Trump. Hatch and Herbert visit Bears Ears.

The clock:

  • 25 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 45 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 51 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 158 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 234 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 279 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Hillary Clinton blisters Donald Trump in a speech calling him “temperamentally unfit” to be president [The Hill, Washington Post, New York Times]. Trump lashed back at Clinton saying she should face jail time over her private e-mail server [Bloomberg, New York Times].

  2. Paul Ryan ends his holdout and offers up a tepid endorsement of the presumptive GOP nominee [Bloomberg, The Hill].

  3. Some intelligence officials are worried about giving Donald Trump “Top Secret” briefings once he formally becomes the GOP nominee because his glib style may present a security risk [Reuters].

  4. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he supports Trump as the GOP nominee, but he worries that he may permanently hurt the party's relationship with Latino voters [CNN].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert and Sen. Orrin Hatch take a field trip to the Bears Ears area and say President Obama should not use the Antiquities Act to preserve the land there [Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. Native American groups who want Bears Ears declared a National Monument say their efforts are a grass-roots endeavor [Tribune].

  7. Vote-by-mail ballots will start hitting mailboxes next week [Deseret News, 2 News].

  8. Stephen Tryon, who is the Democratic nominee in the 3rd Congressional District, wants a three-way debate between himself, Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Republican challenger Chia-Chi Teng [Tribune].

  9. Two officials in Orem and Provo have been fined for illegally using their government email accounts to attack a petition-gathering effort opposing a local transit project [Tribune].

  10. Utah's ski industry posted another record-setting year [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1621 - The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, present-day New York City.
  • 1942 - The Battle of Midway began. It raged for four days and was the turning point for the United States in the Pacific against Japan.
  • 1965 - Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space.
  • 1989 - Chinese army troops began a sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.
  • 2009 - New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Provo, Orem officials fined for illegally fighting citizen referendum

Study: Different Utah ZIP codes bring very different car insurance rates

Witnesses say Utah County men posed as top LDS official

Mitt Romney to help son host another boxing fundraiser in Utah

Officials’ plea: Stop talking, texting while driving

3rd District: Democrat seeks 3-way debate with Republicans Chaffetz, Teng

Monument plan a grass-roots movement, supporters say

Herbert and Hatch visit Bears Ears area, meet with monument opponents

Is Utah’s drought over? It depends on whom you ask

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Political conservatism lives and will prevail if …

Op-ed: Tusher Dam diversion project keeps the green in Green River

Editorial: New shelter, resources offer help to homeless youths

Ex-A.G. John Swallow wants hearing to challenge evidence against him

Vote-by-mail ballots will hit Utah mailboxes next week

Politician pretended to be LDS general authority, agent testifies

How do Utah's economy and education markers compare to Colorado's?

Mitt Romney expected to emcee, not compete in, CharityVision boxing match


Editorial: Transparency and community policing can be done right (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Take Ogden leaders at their word — ask about the Oak Den neighborhood (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in a tight race in California as the campaign batters her popularity (Los Angeles Times)

A billionaire of her own? (Politico)

State Dept.: 'We have hit a dead end' on who ordered video edit (The Hill)

Sanders jabs at Clinton's foreign policy credentials following speech (The Hill)

Protesters take to streets after Trump rally in San Jose (CNN)

Hillary Clinton Warns That Donald Trump's 'Thin Skin' Would Set off War or Economic Crisis (New York Times)

Speaker Paul Ryan, After an Awkward Courtship, Endorses Donald Trump (New York Times)

Donald Trump to meet with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (CNN)

President Barack Obama Backs Expanding Social Security (Huffington Post)

State Department report finds Iran is top state sponsor of terror (CNN)

North Carolina Blue Cross sues over Obamacare payments (Post-Gazette)

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