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Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - September 11, 2014

Obama lays out his plan to fight ISIL. U.S. Supreme Court will discuss Utah's same-sex marriage case later this month. Mark Shurtleff asks the FBI and Utah law enforcement for all the information they have on him.


  • 54 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 137 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 418 days to the 2015 election
  • 494 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 789 days until the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The nation's capitol is on high alert ahead of the 9/11 anniversary [The Hill].
  2. President Obama lays out his plan to combat ISIL in Syria and Iraq [Wall Street Journal].
  3. The U.S. Supreme Court will discuss Utah's same-sex marriage case, along with those of 4 other states, on September 29 before deciding which ones, if any, to take [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff asks the FBI and the Utah Department of Public Safety to hand over all the information they have on him [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The Utah GOP is considering filing a Hatch Act complaing against Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder for using an armored SWAT vehicle at a political fundraiser last year [Tribune].
  6. The Grand America Hotel is fined $2 million for hiring undocumented workers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Comic Con helps the Utah Transit Authority to shatter a three-day ridership record [Tribune].
  8. Real Salt Lake's owner makes his pitch for a minor league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. No, your GMail password was not hacked by Russian criminals [ComputerWorld].
  10. BYU will sport patriotic helmets for Thursday night's game against Houston in honor of the 9/11 victims [Provo Buzz].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first secretary of the treasury.
  • 1971 - Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.
  • 1998 - Congress released Kenneth Starr's report, which offered graphic details of President Bill Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct and leveled accusations of perjury and obstruction of justice.
  • 2001 - al Qaida terrorists hijacked four passenger jets in the U.S. They flew two into the World Trade Center in New York, another into the Pentago and the fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attack.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Prairie dog process has been a dog

Iron County to feds: Count every prairie dog

Utah's Stewart: Speeches won't help, Obama must act

Supreme court to look at Utah's same-sex marriage case, 4 others

Should Mexican wolves roam Utah?

GOP pondering Hatch Act complaint against sheriff

Utah's ex-A.G. Shurtleff asks FBI, cops for all they have on him

Two telemarketers charged; both had ties to Swallow, Shurtleff

Grand America Hotel fined $2M for hiring undocumented workers

Deseret News

Chris Stewart: The lesson from 9/11 is not isolationism

Editorial: Park City bond

Federal money to help Utah, ranchers in sage grouse efforts

Work requirement may be key to selling Utah lawmakers on Medicaid expansion alternative

Utah makes final plea for Supreme Court to take gay marriage case

Ex-A.G. Mark Shurtleff seeks FBI information on sting operation


Op-ed: Nexus of inefficiency in criminal justice system, public policy and poverty (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden Council learns how to be more like Rahm Emanuel (Standard-Examiner)

Deidre Henderson: Corporate tax rate: Lower it or lose our edge (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Capitol on high alert ahead of 9/11 (The Hill)

GOP seizes on Islamic State in midterms (Politico)

Dems weigh shutdown strategy (The Hill)

Detroit reaches deal that could speed bankruptcy exit (Christian Science Monitor)

61 percent of Americans think fighting ISIS is 'in our national interest' (The Week)

Poll finds majority of Americans are unhappy with President's handling of foreign policy (NBC News)

Former Obama spokesman Jay Carney hired by CNN (Washington Times)

Obama Snubbed At Top Golf Clubs (Huffington Post)

The Inevitability of Hillary (Huffington Post)

Rough primary gives hope to NY Gov. Cuomo's foes (Associated Press)

Tempers flare over fracking rules (Chicago Tribune)

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