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Thursday, September 1, 2016

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Morning 'Must Read' for Thursday, September 1, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 245th day of the year. There are 121 days left in 2016.

Utahns pick the Utes to have the best college football season this year. Donald Trump doubles down on his anti-immigration plans after visiting Mexico. Mike Pence and Evan McMullin visit Utah on Thursday.

The clock:

  • 68 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 144 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 189 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. As the new college football season is set to get underway, Utahns expect the University of Utah to have the best season this year [Utah Policy].

  2. Donald Trump visits Mexico, then delivers a fiery anti-immigration speech in Arizona [CBS News]. Anti-immigrant hardliners and white nationalist groups praise Trump's immigration speech [Talking Points Memo].

  3. Despite the rise of Donald Trump, establishment Republicans have been trouncing anti-establishment challengers in elections this year [Politico].

  4. Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Mike Pence and independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin visit Utah on Thursday [Deseret News, Tribune].

  5. The Supreme Court refuses to allow North Carolina's voter photo ID law to be enforced during this election, which could boost Democrats there in November [Roll Call].

  6. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a virtual tie in a four-way race according to a new poll [Politico].

  7. Democrat Mike Weinholtz slams Gov. Gary Herbert for taking campaign donations from backers of a push to take control of public lands from the federal government [Associated Press].

  8. Nobody quite knows where the negotiations between West Jordan and Facebook about a proposed data center stand right now [Deseret News].

  9. Georgia Democratic Rep. David Scott makes a donation to Republican Mia Love's for her re-election bid [Tribune].

  10. The University of Utah is a finalist for a proposed underground laboratory to develop geothermal energy [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1807 - Aaron Burr was acquitted of treason charges growing out of an alleged plot to set up an independent empire in the country's south and west.
  • 1914 - The last known passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • 1939 - World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.
  • 1972 - American Bobby Fischer defeated Russian Boris Spassky for the world chess championship.
  • 1985 - Scientists found the wreck of the British luxury liner Titanic.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

In rare bipartisan gesture, House Democrat donates to Republican Mia Love

Utah voters show mixed support for raising minimum wage

The crane mutiny? Utah construction is hit hard as workers leave the industry

UTA praises Jerry Benson as he officially becomes president, CEO

Mike Pence to try to beef up anemic fundraising in Utah swing

Lawyers in Ute boundary case say judge's letter is inappropriate

Deseret News

Hal Boyd: What Trump CEO, Desmond Howard don't understand about Mormon missions

Dan Liljenquist: EpiPen's public relations charade

Editorial: Comic Con's growth and success should serve as a model

GOP v.p. candidate Pence, independent presidential candidate McMullin to stop in Utah

Utah emerges as 1 of 2 candidates for underground geothermal lab

Details of West Jordan, Facebook negotiations remain hazy


Utah leads the country in tech sector growth (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Byron York: Mexico gamble a huge win for Trump (Washington Examiner)

Trump says people in US illegally must leave (Associated Press)

Trump gets what he wanted in Mexico (Politico)

GOP establishment trounces tea party in congressional primaries (Politico)

Ex-Clinton spokesman praises Trump's speech in Mexico (The Hill)

Black Lives Matter accuses Dems of 'placating' the movement (The Hill)

Paul LePage, the Governor of Maine, Now Says He's Not Quitting (New York Times)

Supreme Court won't let North Carolina use strict voting law (Washington Post)

Arizona old-guard Republicans advance in primary (Associated Press)

George Washington U takes heat for hiring former Al Qaeda extremist (Yahoo News)

Why the Fed probably won't like the jobs report Friday (CNBC)

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