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Situational awareness - January 17, 2019
Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.
Thursday's news at a glance: Most Utahns say President Trump is to blame for the government shutdown. Utah Lawmaker proposes outlawing abortions after 15 weeks. Stewart says Mueller report won't be a political bomb.
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Today At Utah PolicyMost Utahns say President Trump is to blame for the government shutdown
Congressional Republicans are getting a bye from Utahns on who is most responsible for the current federal government shutdown, which is now the longest in U.S. history....
Utah Lawmaker proposes outlawing abortions after 15 weeks
A Utah lawmaker is proposing an abortion bill for the upcoming legislative session that would see the state join Mississippi with some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country....
Stewart says Mueller report won't be a 'political bomb'
Rep. Chris Stewart says expects the final report by special counsel Robert Mueller to be a whimper rather than a "political bomb." He also said Speaker Nancy Pelosi was trying to silence President Donald Trump by rescheduling the State of the Union Address....
USTAR-supported companies bring deep tech jobs to Utah's rural economy
While Utah's economy is booming on the Wasatch Front, the lingering effects of the Great Recession and technological changes in heavy industries, like mining, are still posing economic challenges for Utah's rural counties....
Health care is a business issue
About 61%, or approximately 2 million Utahns, purchase health insurance through employers....
EEOC commissioner blocked by Sen. Mike Lee says his objections are not based in reality
At the end of December, Sen. Mike Lee blocked the reappointment of Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum because of her "radical views on marriage." On Tuesday, Feldblum said Lee was describing a person she "did not recognize."...
Stewart 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."...
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
1773 - Captain James Cook commands the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle.
1899 - The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
1917 - The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
1946 - The UN Security Council holds its first session.
1950 - The Great Brink's Robbery: Eleven thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car company's offices in Boston.
1961 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex" as well as the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending.
1977 - Capital punishment in the U.S. resumes after a ten-year hiatus, as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah.
1991 - Operation Desert Storm begins as aircraft strike positions across Iraq.
1998 - Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his Drudge Report website.
Policy NewsCurtis, GOP representatives introduce bill to prevent government shutdowns
Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after he introduced The Government Shutdown Prevention Act with Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)....
Sen. Lee delivers remarks on March for Life
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke on the Senate floor regarding the 46th annual March for Life, to be held in Washington, D.C. this Friday. ...
Join WTC Utah for a seminar on market access for medical devices
What executives need to know to successfully register and commercialize medical products in Australia and Asia Pacific....
Utah 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....
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