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Donald Trump is a legendary flip-flopper, but research shows his supporters don't care

Two researchers at BYU found something puzzling about the constantly shifting political positions taken by President Donald Trump. His supporters just don't care....

Weekly survey: NFL protests

Last week President Donald Trump ignited a social media firestorm when he suggested that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality should be fired. The response was swift and loud on both sides of the issue. What do you think? Because of th...

Utah public school students increase AP participation, improve scores; Utah students outperform nation on SAT college entrance exam

A total of 26,544 Utah public school students a 5.4 percent increase from 2016 took 40,755 advanced placement (AP) exams in 2017.  67 percent of those students earned scores of 3, 4, or 5, up from 66 percent in 2016 and good enough to earn college credit on those exam...

Office of the State Auditor releases letters to the lieutenant governor addressing observations of the recently completed primary election

The Office of the State Auditor officially released two letters sent to Lieutenant Governor Cox, the chief elections officer of the state, addressing observations of the recently completed primary election for the Third Congressional District (CD3)....

GOP tax plan would raise lowest tax rate to 12%, drop top rate to 35%

White House and GOP leaders have reportedly agreed on a tax proposal that would raise the lowest individual tax rate from 10 to 12 percent....

Huntsman's nomination to be ambassador to Russia advances

On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously voted to advance former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman's nomination to be the next ambassador to Russia. ...

Policy News

Consumer confidence remains strong, fueled by positive expectations around jobs and income growth
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) increased 1.4 points in September to 116.4. Consumer confidence in Utah has registered above 110 since June last year, indicating that Utahns continue to be very optimistic about current economic conditions within the state, ...

Utah Global Forum to welcome CNN commentator and the President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The 2017 Utah Global Forum will feature CNN Contributor Ana Navarro and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Javier Palomarez as keynote speakers. The event, hosted by Gov. Gary R. Herbert, will take place Oct. 17 at the Grand America Hotel. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: If Hatch isn't going to use his seniority to get things done, what's the point in having him?

Hoping to expand its outdoor recreation industry, Ogden builds relationships with European companies

Utah students score high on AP tests for 2017

Senate committee gives unanimous backing to Huntsman nomination as U.S. ambassador to Russia

Early concepts revealed for two Salt Lake City homeless shelters, including an entrance unforeseen by some business owners

Utah congressional hopeful John Curtis removes 'build the wall' Facebook ads after complaints

Senate Republicans admit defeat in efforts to gut Obamacare

Audit finds hiccups in Utah's congressional primary election this year

Deseret News

Op-ed: Millennials can change 'politics as usual' into 'politics that is useful'

Editorial: Utah should explore an early warning system for earthquakes

Senate committee gives Huntsman unanimous support as ambassador to Russia

Audit of 3rd District primary shows weaknesses in election process

Iron County property owners want U.S. Supreme Court to hear prairie dog case

More Utah students taking, passing Advanced Placement tests

Utah consumer confidence strong in September

Early designs for new Salt Lake City homeless resource centers unveiled

Detective believed he had probable cause to arrest U. nurse, union president says

State plunges ahead with water-use study

Mitt Romney: Success of Los Angeles Olympics has to take priority over a S.L. bid


U.S. Olympic Committee says talk of Salt Lake City bid still too early (Park Record)

National Headlines

New Survey: 64 Percent Of Americans Say NFL Players Should Stand For Anthem (Daily Caller)

Moore wins Alabama GOP Senate primary (Politico)

Hillary Clinton: Comey Was 'Under Pressure' From Rudy Giuliani To Re-Open Email Probe (Daily Caller)

Clinton Compares Trump to Putin: 'Hopefully He Hasn't Ordered the Killing of People and Journalists' (Free Beacon)

Senate won't vote on GOP health care bill (CNN)

Contractors Begin Building Prototypes For Trump's Border Wall (NPR)

Trump to Propose Sweeping Tax Cut for Corporations and Individuals (New York Times)

Sessions Calls for 'Recommitment' to Free Speech on Campus, Diving Into Debate (New York Times)

Prison Term for Weiner Is Set, but Where Will He Go? (New York Times)

Bloomberg: GOP senator doesn't expect Trump to renominate Yellen (The Hill)

The United States is now the world's second most 'competitive' economy (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." George S. Patton

Lighter Side


"Target is letting customers download an indoor map to help them find their way around the store. While if you get lost at Costco, they just tell you to forget your old life and move in." Jimmy Fallon

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