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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, September 25, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 97 days left in 2015.

The Pope's address to Congress resonates with Utah's delegation. Jeb Bush would wallop Hillary Clinton in Utah. Love faces a difficult re-election bid in 2016.

The clock:

  • 39 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 115 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 122 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 123 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 167 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 277 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 410 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Pope Francis speaks to Congress [New York Times].
  2. The Pope's speech is well received among Utah's members of Congress [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
  3. A new poll shows in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup in Utah, Jeb Bush would beat Hillary Clinton by a whopping 43-points [Utah Policy].
  4. Donald Trump maintains his lead over the GOP field nationally, but Carly Fiorina has rocketed into second place with Marco Rubio third [CNN].
  5. House Republicans unveil a plan to avoid a government shutdown and hope to convince their members to approve it before the October 1 deadline [The Hill].
  6. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for a state visit to Washington, D.C. on Friday [Washinton Post].
  7. Even though she's an incumbent in a solidly Republican district, Mia Love is facing a surprisingly difficult re-election bid in 2016 [National Journal].
  8. Utah lawmakers show off an online tool showing how the state could be affected by a federal budget crisis [Utah Policy, Associated Press].
  9. The Utah GOP misses many deadlines in the lawsuit over SB54, leading to a judge rejecting their request to rule in their favor in the case [Fox 13].
  10. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski trade barbs over their environmental records [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1513 - Spanish explorer Vasco Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and became the first known European to see the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1789 - The first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten were ratified and became "The Bill of Rights."
  • 1890 - Mormon president Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy.
  • 1957 - Under escort from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, nine black students entered all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
  • 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
  • 2008 - Federal regulators seized Washington Mutual in what officials said was the biggest bank failure in U.S. history.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah leaders belittle good sage grouse compromise

YWCA to honor ex-Utah Gov. Olene Walker, who extols 'sense of humor' in politics

Study: better coordination of services to Utah refugees needed

In historic speech, Pope Francis urges a divided Congress to cooperate

Biskupski rolls out environmental platform, digs Becker on Mountain Accord

Utah Republican lawmakers to huddle behind closed doors on Medicaid expansion

Study: better coordination of services to Utah refugees needed

Rolly: Applying for free or discounted school lunches keeps getting trickier

Mormon apostle appears at Philadelphia meeting, spells out ways to boost families

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Let's make Utah top 10 in education

Op-ed: Does Romneycare offer any lessons for Utah's Obamacare Medicaid expansion debate?

Editorial: Hints of pending Medicaid expansion compromise are encouraging

New $12M water treatment plant is 'beautiful,' ex-Coalville mayor says

Sen. Lee pays tribute to Elder Scott on Senate floor

Much of Pope Francis' speech resonates with Utah congressional delegation

Archbishop of Philadelphia praises Mormon families, thanks Elder Christofferson for presentation at World Meeting of Families


Cache Valley saw biggest year ever for tourism (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Sage grouse decision a wise compromise (Standard-Examiner)

Volkswagen emissions hack baffles Utah health departments (Standard-Examiner)

Census: Ogden stands out as an economically egalitarian oasis (Standard-Examiner)

In northern Utah, concerns about another government shutdown (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary's FBI nightmare (Politico)

Pope to Congress: 'Do unto others ...' (Politico)

Francis leaves lawmakers starstruck (The Hill)

GOP rep has no regrets about skipping pope's speech (The Hill)

Democrats block Planned Parenthood defunding (USA Today)

It's Not the Beginning of the End for Donald Trump (Slate)

Donald Trump Says He Can Woo Black Voters (Newsweek)

Chicago okays $2.7 bln in bond sales amid credit rating warnings (Reuters)

N.J. Senate fails to override Christie veto on gun bill (

Snowden backs international campaign to outlaw mass surveillance (CNET)

U.S. Jobless Claims up by 3,000 Last Week (Wall Street Journal)


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