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Morning must reads for Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns nearly evenly divided on Trump's job performance

Half of Utahns say they disapprove of President Donald Trump's job performance in a new UtahPolicy.com poll....

Scam fundraising emails hitting Mia Love supporters in Utah

Some Utahns are getting emails from a political action committee urging them to donate to help Rep. Mia Love's re-election campaign. It's a scam....

Weekly survey: Trump's decision to end DACA

This week President Donald Trump announced he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shielded the children of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Do you think it was the right move, and will Congress be able to pass immigration refo...

Policy News

Utah K-16 Computing Initiative announced at 25K Jobs Tour
The Utah STEM Action Center announced the Utah K-16 Computing Initiative, which addresses the need for more high-tech, high-wage opportunities in rural Utah....

Hatch welcomes Trump's push for comprehensive tax reform
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after President Trump spoke on the importance of comprehensive tax reform in Springfield, Mo.:...

Salt Lake City School District reaffirms commitment to quality education for all students
Dr. Lexi Cunningham, Salt Lake City School District Superintendent, sent the following letter to SLCSD parents, students, and staff, reaffirming SLCSD's commitment to providing a quality education for all students and to keeping schools as safe spaces: ...

Treasurer Damschen, State Superintendent Dickson announce largest permanent state school fund distribution in Utah history
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson, and School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) Director David Ure announced the largest distribution from the Permanent State School Fund in Utah history....

Hatch, bipartisan Senate and House trade leaders release statement regarding the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement
 Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass) released the following statement about the U.S.-Korea trade agreement...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist Mumford: A hug a day keeps the doctor away

Editorial: Get a warrant

Davis County No. 2 in nation for employment growth

Utah schools receive record $64M in trust land funding

Federal agency over Utah's public lands quietly 'streamlines' its environmental reviews

After Moab spill, 'there was never any danger'; residents can use their water again

The Road Home is spending $4,400 per night to keep Utah families out of its downtown homeless shelter

Following a financial scandal, the taxpayer-supported Utah League of Cities & Towns picks a new leader

Biskupski says she has 'the green light' to pursue the 2-year closure of Rio Grande Street, but not everyone is on board

Ex-Utah A.G. John Swallow could benefit from ruling in Mark Shurtleff's legal battle for legal fees

Utah wants to launch pilot project to tax motorists for miles traveled instead of at the pump

Deseret News

Editorial: Senator Hatch must lead Republican caucus in passing DACA

There's a plan to kill the Electoral College, and Utah supports it, report says

Judge delays guardianship case until he can hear from Gary Ott

Herbert hosts fundraiser as Utah GOP debates dropping SB54 lawsuit

Sen. Mike Lee backs baker, florist who refused work for same-sex couples

Fees based on miles driven decades away, but pilot program coming

With majority supporting Rio Grande Street closure, Biskupsk likely to sign lease Thursday

Record $64M distributed to Utah schools from trust lands

College presidents, advocates urge Congress for DACA replacement; Mexican consulate offers help


Analysis: is Dana Williams invincible? (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump Sides With Democrats In Deal On Storm Relief And Fiscal Deadlines (NPR)

Facebook sold more than $100,000 in political ads to a Russian company during the 2016 election (TechCrunch)

Sanders brushes off Clinton criticism: 'Look forward and not backward' (The Hill)

Can Democrats get past identity politics? (Chicago Tribune)

In DC, white evangelicals are literally the 1 percent (Washington Post)

Exclusive: Concerns raised over safety of US Navy's Pacific fleet (CNN)

The Southern Poverty Law Center Has $69 Million Parked Overseas (Weekly Standard)

Kentucky could become first state with no abortion clinics (Los Angeles Times)

The US House just paved the way for more self-driving cars (Washington Post)

Electricity Providers Targeted In Massive Hack (BuzzFeed)

Billions are drinking water contaminated with plastic - and US has it the worst, study finds (Sacramento Bee)

Wise Words


"Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments." Henry Ward Beecher

Lighter Side

5 Percent

"Only 5 percent of Mexicans say they trust Trump, which still seems like a lot. That's like 5 percent of Smurfs trusting Gargamel." Jimmy Kimmel

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