Chaffetz says he plans to write a book about the "deep state" and how it affects Washington [Deseret News].
Sen. Orrin Hatch decries incivility in Washington, saying he's been guilty of the same thing [Tribune].
Even though the Trump administration's travel ban is now in effect, refugees who are already in process will continue to arrive in Utah [Tribune].
Former presidential candidate Evan McMullin says Republicans are in danger of becoming the "party of Vladimir Putin." Rep. Chris Stewart shot back that McMullin is "factually wrong" [Tribune].
The price of booze in Utah goes up on Saturday when a new law increasing the markup on liquor goes into effect [Tribune].
Some members of the Utah Transit Authority board are taking issue with a UtahPolicy.com survey that showed a different result about public impressions of the agency's favorability than a poll commissioned by the group [Tribune].
Very few members of the Utah Transit Authority board actually use public transit [Fox 13].
The Sutherland Institute's Matthew Anderson argues future wildfires like the Brian Head blaze could be prevented with multi-use land policies [Utah Policy].
Kim Burningham says the lawsuit challenging partisan school board elections is necessary because schools should be free from partisan politics [Utah Policy].
A judge has ordered the NSA to turn over documents related to "blanket" surveillance of Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympics [Tribune].
Utah renames the Workforce Services building after former Gov. Olene Walker [Tribune].
Salt Lake City is refusing to sell part of Sunnyside Park to the University of Utah for a new baseball stadium [Tribune].
Bombshell #1: A longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign in 2016 to see if Russian hackers had emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server. He implied he was working with Trump campaign senior adviser Michael Flynn [Wall Street Journal].
Bombshell #2: President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday morning that Congress should immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act if they can't strike a deal on replacing the health care law [Axios].
Bombshell #3: President Donald Trump seems hellbent on imposing a tariff on steel and other imports, which would set off a trade war with potentially damaging effects on the economy [Axios].
Childish. President Donald Trump draws a rebuke from both sides of the aisle after a vulgar tweet targeting cable host Mika Brzezinski [New York Times]. Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough respond in their column saying the president is "not well" [Washington Post]. Sen. Orrin Hatch shrugged off Trump's tweet as a "dipsy doodle" [Bustle].
The Trump administration is moving swiftly to enact the partial travel ban reinstated by the Supreme Court [New York Times].
President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week [Reuters].
President Trump's commission studying the (nonexistent) problem of voter fraud wants a ton of data on every single registered voter in the U.S. [Washington Post].
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