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Morning must reads for Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 221st day of the year. There are 144 days remaining in 2017.

Outside spending in the 3rd CD GOP primary continues to climb. North Korea has the technology to mount a miniaturized nuclear warhead on a missile. Donald Trump threatens "fire and fury" if North Korea were to endanger the United States.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Most Utahns plan to stay put for this month's solar eclipse

Wow! Nearly one-fifth of Utahns say they plan on traveling north or east to see the total eclipse of the Sun on Aug. 21, a UtahPolicy.com poll finds....

Outside spending in Utah's 3rd CD GOP primary continues to skyrocket

Outside groups have poured more than three-quarters of a million dollars into the GOP 3rd District primary....

3rd District race has ramifications for Senate contest next year

The 3rd Congressional District Republican nomination race has turned plenty ugly with some $800,000 in outside money paying for negative ads targeted mostly at Provo Mayor John Curtis....

ACLU of Utah warns federal delegation about blocking constituents on social media

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah sent letters to all members of Utah's federal congressional delegation, advising that the blocking of constituents on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook constitutes a First Amendment violation....

Democratic Congressional candidates are raising tons of cash. That could be a big problem for the GOP in 2018

According to FEC financial disclosures, a whopping 209 Democratic Congressional challengers had raised at least $5,000 by the end of June....

Weekly survey: Will Hatch run again in 2018

Sen. Orrin Hatch has not yet said definitively whether he plans to run for another term in 2018 or retire. What do you think he'll do? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Hatch commends president's focus on opioid epidemic
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member of three different Senate committees that share jurisdiction on opioid issues, commended the President for his efforts to take on the national opioid epidemic....

Sens. Lee, Leahy, and others introduce the Email Privacy Act
 Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Pat Leahy (D-VT), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Steve Daines (R-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the Email Privacy Act, a bill that would update federal privacy law for email retention....

SNAP matters to households that struggle against hunger in communities across Utah
A new tool released last week shows that participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is prevalent throughout Utah, and 1 percent higher in rural communities and one percent lower in small town counties than in metro ar...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Remember Utah's Indispensable Coal Counties

Editorial: Utah should stick to the point of needle exchange programs

A new deal on solar fees? Rocky Mountain Power and advocates may have found a way to end their fight

For UTA terrorism exercise, chaos is just part of the drill

Two blocks from the Rio Grande homeless shelter, these women found peace and purpose on a ... farm?

Utah lawmaker drafting bill to remove statue of TV inventor Philo Farnsworth from U.S. Capitol

State to pay $4.5 million to buy Deseret Industries thrift store from Mormon church for homeless shelter

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: The most blind and aggressive kind of partisanship is one that pretends to be nonpartisan

Op-ed: The positive effects of cows in Utah

Editorial: It's time to look at the Road Home homeless shelter's culture

Plant picked as interim head of School Children's Trust following director's resignation

ACLU tells Utah members of Congress to stop blocking people on social media

Group questions necessity of Salt Lake mayor's security detail

Danny Ainge says family has 'zero to do' with how $250,000 super PAC contribution spent


After bond setback, Park City School District to begin another round of planning (Park Record)

As Park City began voting, candidates' donor lists remained secret (Park Record)

National Headlines

Despite Trump's low ratings, midterm election map still favors Republicans - for now (CNBC)

Jamie Dimon: US 'should acknowledge our problems and fix them' (CNBC)

Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan (USA Today)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vents about Trump's 'excessive expectations' regarding legislation (ABC News)

Trump says he'll beat opioid epidemic with law-and-order approach (Politico)

Justice Dept. Backs Ohio's Effort to Purge Infrequent Voters From Rolls (New York Times)

Nine months after Election Day, probes of Clinton and her campaign continue (Washington Post)

Senior U.S. envoy tries to calm fears over State Department re-design (Reuters)

You, Too, Can Say Anything You Want about Stephen Miller (National Review)

By firing engineer, Google shows what you can say - and what you can't - at work (Los Angeles Times)

There are 7 million unemployed and 6.2 million job openings. What's the problem? (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lighter Side

Better Parents

"The Today Show" just featured a group of moms in California who said that smoking weed makes them better parents. When asked if their kids agree, the moms were like, "Oh crap, the kids!" Jimmy Fallon

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