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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday, June 9, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 161st day of the year. There are 205 days left in 2016.

Barack Obama tries to broker peace between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are set to go negative early. Jonathan Johnson gets another big check from Patrick Byrne.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. President Barack Obama will meet with Bernie Sanders on Thursday trying to broker peace between his camp and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton [The Hill, CNN, Washington Post]. Some of Sanders' supporters aren't having it, warning the president not to try and end the nomination battle early [Politico].

  2. It's not even mid-June and the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is about to get nasty. Trump is set to blast Clinton for numerous scandals in a speech on Monday [Politico]. Clinton is preparing to take Trump behind the woodshed over his economic plans [Politico]. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants a piece of Trump as well. She's preparing to call him a "loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud" during a speech on Thursday [Bloomberg].

  3. Donald Trump says he sees no need to raise $1 billion for the general election campaign because he's able to earn free media due to his celebrity status [Bloomberg].

  4. Republican Senator Bob Corker says Trump has 2-3 weeks to mend relations with fellow Republicans due to his racially-themed comments about a federal judge. If he can do that, Corker says fellow Republicans will line up to help his bid for the White House [Yahoo].

  5. Republican gubernatorial challenger Jonathan Johnson pulls in another $250,000 donation from Overstock.com founder Patrick Byrne [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. Political heavy hitters are headed to Park City for Mitt Romney's annual E2 Summit [Tribune].

  7. The Utah Republican Party gets higher approval ratings than Utah Democrats in a new survey [Utah Policy].

  8. A draft of Utah's lawsuit against the federal government over control of public lands in the state is almost ready for prime time, but some Democrats wonder why the state has spent more than $300,000 on public relations work relating to the legal fight [Tribune].

  9. Utah County is booming with the second-fastest job growth in the nation [Tribune].

  10. Elder Dallin H. Oaks meets with members of British Parliament [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1534 - French explorer Jacques Cartier became the first European to discover the St. Lawrence River in present-day Quebec.
  • 1943 - Congress passed an act authorizing employers to withhold income tax payments from salary checks.
  • 1954 - Army counsel Joseph Welch confronted Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the Senate-Army hearings over McCarthy's attack on a member of Welch's law firm, asking "Have you no sense of decency?"


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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

Other

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

The 11 states that will determine the 2016 election (Politico)

Sanders won't drop out: 'The struggle continues' (Politico)

AP warns reporters to be safe after harassment from Sanders fans (The Hill)

State: 75-year estimate for Clinton aides’ emails is ‘not outlandish’ (The Hill)

Brutal slaying in Golden Gate Park stirs San Francisco’s raging debate over homelessness (Washington Post)

Bilderberg: still powerful but perhaps a bit more anxious this year (Guardian)

Trump Shatters Republican Primary Vote Record by 1.4 Million Votes (Gateway Pundit)

CNN Depicts 'History-Making' Hillary Clinton As Glowing 'Golden God' (NewsBusters)

Sanders’s rationale for staying in the race may no longer include winning (Washington Post)

U.S. spy plane buzzed by Chinese jets in ‘unsafe’ intercept (Washington Post)

How the GOP establishment could still steal the nomination from Trump (but won’t) (Washington Post)

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