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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - July 5, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 187th day of the year. There are 179 days left in 2016.

An anti-Semitic tweet roils Trump's campaign. Clinton interviewed by the FBI over her private email server. Most Utahns oppose making accommodations for transgender people in public bathrooms.

The clock:

  • 13 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 20 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 126 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 202 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 247 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Donald Trump's campaign is reeling from an unfortunate tweet showing Hillary Clinton's picture on a background of $100 bills with a Star of David symbol that said, "Most corrupt candidate ever." Clinton's campaign blasted Trump for using anti-Semitic imagery [Bloomberg]. Trump fired back saying the tweet's six-sided star was similar to badges used by sheriff's departments and other law enforcement [Politico]. It turns out the image used in the tweet originated on a neo-Nazi/white supremacist internet message board [Mic].
  2. The FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton over her private email server on Saturday [New York Times].
  3. A new poll finds most Utahns oppose accommodations in public bathrooms for transgendered individuals [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah delegates to the GOP Convention in Cleveland are being urged to get behind an effort to keep Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination because of his "ludicrous" qualifications [Deseret News].
  5. As more votes are counted, former House Speaker Mel Brown trails his Republican challenger Logan Wilde by just seven votes following last week's primary [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Utah submitted its bare-bones Medicaid expansion plan to the federal government. Regulators are expected to take eight or nine months to review the plan [Tribune].
  7. Sen. Al Jackson steps down to move to the East coast [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  8. Utah officials are struggling to understand why youth suicide rates have tripled since 2007 [Associated Press].
  9. NASA's Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter. The probe was launched five years ago to study the giant planet's composition [CNN].
  10. PBS used some old footage of fireworks during their annual 4th of July broadcast due to cloudy weather in Washington. Viewers were not happy [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1935 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act, which allowed labor to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining.
  • 1937 - Hormel Foods introduced the canned meat product SPAM.
  • 1954 - Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis.
  • 1982 - Penn Square Bank of Oklahoma was declared insolvent, touching off a bank crisis that affected much of the United States.

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Utah Republican Party Statement on FBI Findings in Hillary Clinton Email Probe
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Hatch’s ‘Family First’ bill will help keep families intact and successful

Op-ed: Wasatch Choice 2050 is your chance to shape our future

Op-ed: Making Salt Lake City’s grand boulevards a reality

Op-ed: ‘Unknown’ Stewart gave us the time to get to know him

Rolly: False claims against opponents seem to work in Utah County

Editorial: Weldon Angelos case shows the need for sentencing reform

One Wilde race: Contest between Brown and Wilde hangs by a thread

Millcreek mayor’s race likely to remain question mark for weeks

State Sen. Al Jackson stepping down to move to Virginia

New Supreme Court bribery ruling could undermine Swallow, Shurtleff charges

Rolly: Don’t think Utah has a double standard on public lands? Just ask these unwitting hikers

Brainstorming new gun laws — Congress, Utah politicians show little interest

Ken Garff group taking down billboards called anti-police on social media

Small gift initiates huge Bear River conservation effort

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Primary results and the future of Count My Vote

Op-ed: SITLA pours gasoline on rural culture war

Op-ed: Establishing equal opportunity for all children

Editorial: The primary election confirms benefits of SB54

Updated primary results narrow House race involving ex-speaker

Ex A.G. John Swallow claims investigators lied about email searches

Ex-A.G. Mark Shurtleff wants improper gift charges tossed from case against him

How 5 different cities are handling homelessness

Utah GOP delegates urged to dump Trump for 'ludicrous' credentials

Why Provo is on 'brink' of 'very, very good things'

As Utah braces for Zika, health officials sound a familiar warning

Voters’ views on immigration continue to evolve, and it’s impacting the election

Meet the new state superintendent and her charge to help 630,000 students


Utah County's signature candidates all defeated in primary (Daily Herald)

East coast law firm interjects in Ogden urban renewal over eminent domain (Standard-Examiner)

Report: Utah reaps millions from Sundance Film Festival (Park Record)

Misty K. Snow predicts Summit County win in November (Park Record)

National Headlines

The email headache that won't go away (Politico)

5 takeaways from Clinton's email reprieve (Politico)

Poll: Trump within 1 of Clinton nationally (The Hill)

Seven new revelations from FBI’s Clinton probe (The Hill)

FBI Director Comey Obliterated These Hillary Talking Points (Daily Caller)

The damning things the FBI said about Clinton's email (USA Today)

Kasich: Delegates should search their consciences before voting in Cleveland (Washington Post)

Trump VP search enters home stretch as pick likely next week (CNN)

Ex-National Guardsman Arrested for Trying to Help ISIS, Court Docs Say (ABC News)

Freddie Gray: Highest-Ranking Officer Set to Stand Trial (ABC News)

FBI Background Checks for Gun Purchases Surge (TIME)

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"New York City is officially making its public bathrooms gender-neutral. So next time you try to use a public bathroom in New York, there could be either a man or a woman living in it." Conan O'Brien Political Humor