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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, September 18, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Donald Trump fever seems to be waning. The fight over Planned Parenthood funding begins in Congress. Utah lawmakers finish their visit to rural Utah.

The clock:

  • 46 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 122 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 129 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 130 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 174 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 284 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 417 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Following a tepid performance in the second debate, the enthusiasm among voters for Donald Trump seems to be waning [Politico].
  2. The Fed decides to not raise interest rates even though the economy has improved [CNBC].
  3. The U.S. House of Representatives takes up the fight to kill funding for Planned Parenthood [New York Times]. Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats are united behind a plan to avert another government shutdown [The Hill].
  4. Kate Kelly, the former leader of Ordain Women, joins the staff of Planned Parenthood in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Utah government is taking the first steps to terminate funding for Planned Parenthood [Tribune].
  6. Utah lawmakers finish up their visit to rural Utah [Deseret NewsAssociated Press].
  7. Glen Mills talks about his new political chat show that debuts on ABC 4 this coming Sunday [Utah Policy].
  8. Rep. Rob Bishop unloads on the EPA over the spill of toxic waste into the Animas river [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  9. Bob Bernick says worries the "Count My Vote" compromise could result in nominees winning with less than 50-percent of the vote are unfounded [Utah Policy].
  10. The head of the Utah Highway Patrol's DUI squad retired after he was threatened with demotion following an audit and internal investigation [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1793 - President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
  • 1850 - Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, allowing slave owners to reclaim slaves who escaped into another state.
  • 1851 - The first edition of the New York Times was published.
  • 1961 - U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold died when his plan crashed under mysterious circumstances near Ndola in Northern Rhodesia.
  • 1975 - FBI agents in San Francisco captured former hostage Patricia Hearst along with two members of a group called the Symbionese Liberation Army. Hearst was convicted in an SLA bank robbery and served 22 months in prison before her sentence was commuted. She later was granted a full pardon by President Bill Clinton.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Ranchers, conservationists combine to help sage grouse without listing

Editorial: Utah numbers show big achievement gap

GOP turns up heat on EPA; Utah's Bishop says agency broke law in Animas spill

Rolly: Utah scores a C for lobbyist transparency, a D for its liquor stores

Utah university settles free-speech suit with former students

Utah taking steps to terminate Planned Parenthood money; alternatives unclear

Utah sites part of EPA's monitoring plan in wake of massive mine spill

Millcreek residents turn out to ponder their future

Deseret News

Op-ed: Medicaid expansion in Utah responsibly helps poor, needy

Editorial: Consider these principles when improving Utah's public education

Mayor Becker launches initiative urging kids to connect with nature

Former Ordain Women leader now rallying support for Utah's Planned Parenthood

140 people from 47 countries become citizens on Constitution Day

Legislative trip highlights old bones, new monuments and parks

Salt Lake Comic Con begins third annual event as one of the top conventions in the country

A big issue for parents was ignored in Wednesday's GOP debate


Editorial: How will Utah sustain its business prowess? (Daily Herald)

County commissioner draws card breaking Cedar Hills election tie (Daily Herald)

5 surprising takeaways from the Envision Utah survey results (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP insiders: Carly crushed it (Politico)

The Fed's inaction could haunt Democrats (Politico)

CNN breaks ratings record with GOP debate (The Hill)

Court rules against ObamaCare birth control mandate (The Hill)

7 Ways the Second Republican Debate Changed the 2016 Presidential Race (ABC News)

GOP debate: Carly Fiorina shows pluses, minuses of 'running while female' (Christian Science Monitor)

Trump tells Bush he didn't want a Florida casino, but he did (Associated Press)

Bowe Bergdahl Had 'Severe Mental Disease or Defect,' Lawyer Says (New York Times)

GOP Leaders Seek to Avert Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood (Associated Press)

Sanders sees burst of fundraising after opposition research against him surfaces (Washington Post)

No hike: Fed keeps benchmark rate near zero (USA Today)


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