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Situational awareness - January 16, 2019
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.
Wednesday's news at a glance: President Trump pitches Utah lawmakers on wall funding. The economic damage from the government shutdown may be far greater than first estimated. The final Mueller report may not be released publicly.
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Today is the 16th day of the year. There are 349 days remaining in 2019.
10 days until Salt Lake County Democrats elect a new County Mayor (1/26/2019)
12 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
57 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
108 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)
138 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)
142 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)
209 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
293 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
384 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
652 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyStewart on anti-white nationalist vote: We need to reject all types of racial intolerance, not just shame one party
On Tuesday the House voted 424 to 1 in favor of a resolution rejecting white supremacy and white nationalism following racist comments made by Iowa Republican Steve King....
Trump makes pitch for border wall funding to Utah lawmakers
President Donald Trump made his pitch for building a wall on the southern border directly to local elected officials in the western U.S. today. Several Utah lawmakers joined the Tuesday afternoon conference call....
GOP leader who made a Nazi joke on Facebook hired as top deputy in Utah County Clerk's office
The Utah County GOP leader who was caught making a Nazi-themed joke on a private Facebook page has been appointed as a top deputy to new Utah County Clerk Amelia Powers....
Former Sen. Orrin Hatch says William Barr was 'known as the law and order Attorney General'
Former Sen. Orrin Hatch introduced William Barr, President Trump's nominee to be Attorney General, during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday morning. Hatch said Barr, who served as AG during the Bush administration, was known as the "law and order Attorney General."...
Chaffetz, Love applaud House Republicans for punishing Steve King because of racist comments
Two former members of Congress from Utah applauded House Republicans for punishing Iowa Rep. Steve King over racist comments....
CYBER24 Episode 41: Fortnite hackers - Battle Royale
In this week's episode, we look into the game causing relationship stress and carpal tunnel syndrome across the globe....
Rep. Chris Stewart calls for Iowa Republican Steve King to resign
Rep. Chris Stewart joined the growing chorus of Republicans in Congress calling on Iowa Rep. Steve King to resign after making racist remarks in an interview last week. ...
Romney calls on Steve King to resign over racist remarks
Sen. Mitt Romney says Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King should resign following comments he made questioning why the term "white supremacist" was offensive....
Bishop may face stiff opposition if he's Trump's pick for Interior Secretary
Rep. Rob Bishop's name keeps surfacing as President Donald Trump's possible nominee to be the next Secretary of the Interior. But, some members of Congress say he might have a difficult time being confirmed....
Chaffetz: Where were the Democrats when I wanted to investigate Clinton?
Former House Oversight Committee chairman and current Fox News commentator Jason Chaffetz said Democrats who plan to investigate the Trump administration are being hypocritical because they were MIA during his attempts to investigate Benghazi and the IRS....
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
The government shutdown is entering day #26.
The economic damage from the shutdown may be far higher than estimated. White House economists said the economic loss from the shutdown might be double what they first thought, which could push the economy into a retraction - https://nyti.ms/2FDpnnW
A group of centrist Democrats turned down an invitation by the White House for a meeting on ending the shutdown. President Donald Trump invited the Democrats to undermine support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and force Democrats back to the negotiating table - http://bit.ly/2FBUSys
No vote on funding bills. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once again blocked a vote on a House package to reopen the federal government - http://bit.ly/2FD9RbF
Recess canceled. House leaders said they would cancel next week's Martin Luther King Day recess unless the government shutdown is suddenly resolved before then - http://bit.ly/2FA1ygK
The Trump administration orders government workers back on the job without pay. The administration is calling 50,000 employees back to fill critical roles like airline and food safety - https://wapo.st/2FB17CI
The U.S. Coast Guard missed a paycheck Tuesday. It was the first time ever American military service members have not been paid during a shutdown - http://bit.ly/2FBNMtQ
William Barr said he would allow Robert Mueller to finish his investigation, but the final report may not be made public. President Trump's Attorney General nominee said the final report of the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia may not be released publicly - https://wapo.st/2FA2EsC
Wait...what?!! Fox News analyst Gregg Jarrett said the FBI should be disbanded to protect President Trump - http://bit.ly/2FtRiap
Russia backs up Trump. The Russian government dismissed claims that President Donald Trump has been working on behalf of the Kremlin - https://bloom.bg/2FvgkGc
No citizenship question on the 2020 census. A federal judge blocked the Commerce Department from adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census. Critics argued the question was designed to boost Republican political fortunes in the next redistricting cycle - https://nyti.ms/2FGg8mZ
Soaking the rich. A poll shows most Americans support raising the top tax rate to 70% - http://bit.ly/2FGyFPI
British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan was voted down by MPs in the biggest defeat for any UK government in the modern era. May will now likely face a vote of no confidence - https://cnn.it/2FzoCMB
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1581 - The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism.
1919 - The U.S. went legally "dry" when the 36th state ratified the 18th Amendment. Prohibition went into effect one year later. The Amendment was repealed in 1933.
Policy NewsUtah maintains AAA credit rating from all major rating agencies, saves taxpayer dollars on transportation projects
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Treasurer David Damschen today announced that S&P Global, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings have reaffirmed the State's AAA credit rating the highest rating a state can receive....
Sutherland Institute announces new members on its Board of Trustees
Sutherland Institute President and CEO Rick Larsen announced that both Greg Miller and John Sperry will join the organization's Board of Trustees....
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