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Situational awareness - October 30, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

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Executive summary: New poll gives McAdams a lead over Love. Herbert's PAC donates to a group opposing Amendment C. Trump says he will end birthright citizenship.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_15.jpgGov. Herbert's PAC donated $55,000 to group opposing Amendment C

Gov. Gary Herbert has given an anti-Amendment C political issue committee $55,000 for a media campaign aimed at getting voters to reject the proposed constitutional amendment, UtahPolicy.com is told....
images/Shutterstock_Icons/podcast_13.jpgEmergency podcast: The CD4 race gets white hot!

A new poll released on Monday shows Democrat Ben McAdams has taken a lead over Republican Mia Love for the first time....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams_06.jpgPoll shows McAdams with a 6-point lead over Love

A new poll from KUTV and Dixie Strategies gives Democrat Ben McAdams a 6-point lead over Republican Mia Love in their hotly contested 4th Congressional District race....
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In this week's episode of CYBER24, we take a look at some of the top cybersecurity stories you likely missed, unless you were looking for them....
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Deseret News

Derek Miller: Education opens the door when opportunity comes knocking

Editorial: Operation Rio Grande is not an either-or program

Duplicate ballots cause confusion in Tooele County

Sen. Orrin Hatch pays tribute to ex-BYU basketball star, receives award on Croatia visit

Last-minute spending by FreedomWorks, Democrats in Love-McAdams race

'Stronger together': Utah Jewish community, leaders unite after Pittsburgh shooting

Rep. Chris Stewart says Trump could set example to turn down political rhetoric

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah seeks to loosen road rules in forests to help protect against fires, but some fear it's a ploy to bolster logging that would make blazes worse

Angry taxpayers can be scary: 1 of every 4 Utah governments seeking property tax hikes backed down, at least partially

Battling the 'visual blight' of billboards, former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker launches Scenic Utah

New high-tech airline may place its technology hub and customer service operations in Salt Lake City

New poll says Democrat Ben McAdams has opened up a 6-point lead over Rep. Mia Love

At a sometimes tense meeting on medical marijuana, Speaker Hughes says participants in cannabis agreement have 'put their names on the line'

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  • Breaking! President Trump says he plans to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship, which automatically grants citizenship to babies of non-citizens and immigrants born on U.S. soil. Experts say the move may violate the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States" - http://bit.ly/2Qa4wuV

  • In an interview with Fox News, President Trump says the government plans to build "tent cities all over the place" to house people who are seeking asylum in the U.S. - http://bit.ly/2Q5GQYx

  • A new national poll gives Democrats a whopping 17-point lead on the generic Congressional ballot with just one week left before the 2018 midterms - https://lat.ms/2Q0E86q

  • Republicans are scrambling to save suddenly vulnerable members of Congress in normally safe seats - https://wapo.st/2Q4gMwP

  • 14 states do not have paper backups for electronic voting systems despite warnings from cybersecurity experts - http://bit.ly/2Qdag6M

  • 40% of Americans say they approve of the way President Trump is handling his job while 58% disapprove. Those numbers are down following a slight upward trend in job approval for the president - http://bit.ly/2Q4hWsb

  • President Trump plans to visit Pittsburgh Tuesday in the aftermath of the deadliest attack on Jewish people in American history. The mayor had asked Trump to delay his visit until after the families buried their dead - https://wapo.st/2Q0Cd1I

  • Prosecutors say they plan to pursue the death penalty in the case of a man accused of killing 11 people in a hate-filled attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue - https://nyti.ms/2Q5b3qA

  • Gab, a social media network favored by extreme right-wing groups, has gone offline after the site's hosting company informed them they have 24-hours to find another server. The man suspected of killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue used the site to post anti-Semitic comments prior to the deadly rampage. PayPal and other companies are also refusing to process payments for Gab after the attack - http://bit.ly/2Q0ExFY

  • Matt Drudge slammed a Fox News segment where the hosts laughed through a segment on political violence. "Check your soul in the makeup chair!" he tweeted - https://wapo.st/2Q6B8pl

  • The White House spent Monday defending President Trump's rhetoric about his critics and political opponents while casting blame for a spate of violent crimes in the last week on the media - https://politi.co/2Q5PaaF 

  • Media organizations are warning President Trump's attacks on the media have led to animus toward local journalists in several communities - http://bit.ly/2Q2bvWE

  • The Pentagon plans to send 5,200 troops to the U.S./Mexico border to assist the border patrol - https://cnn.it/2Qd9lmQ

  • The Trump administration is considering a plan to prohibit some, maybe all, members of a migrant caravan from applying for asylum in the United States - https://cnn.it/2Qa69Zz

  • A new lawsuit accuses President Trump, three of his children, and his company of using the Trump name to entice vulnerable people to invest in sham business opportunities. Critics say the lawsuit is politically motivated - https://nyti.ms/2Q4aLA7

  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders falsely claimed during a Monday press briefing that President Trump won the popular vote in 2016 "by an overwhelming majority." Trump actually lost the popular vote by more than 3 million votes to Hillary Clinton - http://bit.ly/2Qd96Is

  • President Trump says he expects to negotiate a "great deal" on trade with China, but warned he has billions of dollars of new tariffs ready to go if there's no deal - https://reut.rs/2Q3VK1e

  • Fewer Chinese tourists and students are visiting the United States amid the trade war between the two countries. Chinese tourists spend $60 billion per year in America - https://wapo.st/2Q7cBjY

  • Hillary Clinton's longtime advisors say there's no way she's running for president in 2020. Clinton generated headlines over the weekend after saying during an interview she would like to be president - http://bit.ly/2Q2ui41

  • A new report says global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% in the last four decades because of human activity - https://cnn.it/2Q0U48B

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  • 1831 - Nat Turner is arrested for leading the bloodiest slave rebellion in U.S. history.

  • 1864 - Prospectors in Montana find gold in "Last Chance Gulch," and the city of Helena is born.

  • 1918 - The Ottoman Empire signs an armistice with the Allies, ending the First World War in the Middle East and bringing about the dismantling of the 600-year-old kingdom.

  • 1938 - Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. Some listeners panicked because of the realistic dramatization of a Martian invasion.

  • 1941 - President Roosevelt approves 1 billion dollars in Lend-Lease aid to the Allied nations.

  • 1944 - Anne and Margot Frank are deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they die from disease the following year, shortly before the end of World War II.

  • 1945 - Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signs a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the Major League Baseball color line.

  • 1961 - The Soviet Union detonates the massive 50 megaton hydrogen bomb Tsar Bomba, the most powerful explosive device ever.

  • 1974 - The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman takes place in Zaire.

  • 1983 - The Rev. Jesse Jackson announced plans to become the first African American to mount a full-scale campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

  • 2017 - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted for conspiracy, money laundering, tax fraud, and several other charges.

Policy News

Flags lowered immediately in memory of victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Monday morning, in coordination with the proclamation of President Donald J. Trump, Gov. Gary R. Herbert ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah effective immediately in solemn memory of those killed in the shooting ...
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation honors Justice Christine Durham and Union Pacific at annual luncheon
Christine Durham, the former Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will be honored with Utah Foundation's Insight Award at the Foundation's Annual Luncheon on Wednesday. Union Pacific will also be recognized with the Civic Cornerstone Award....

More National Headlines

Tucker: How the left uses tragedy to control free speech (FOX News)

China's military ordered to 'concentrate preparations for fighting a war' as tensions with West grow (Scottish Sun)

Lester Holt Dressed up as a Woman in 'Whiteface,' Fallon In Blackface, What Exactly is NBC's Policy? (Mediaite)

SPLC Leads Soros-Funded Groups in 'Orwellian' Attempt to Ban 'Hate Speech' on Social Media (PJ Media)

Latin America braces for 'Bolsonaro effect' (AFP)

Hillary Clinton on Possible 2020 Run: 'I'd Like to Be President' (New York Times)

Four shots fired into a Republican Party office in Florida (Washington Post)

State of the Midterms: Republican John James cuts Michigan Sen. Stabenow's lead in half (FOX News)

California Voters May Force Meat And Egg Producers Across The Country To Go Cage-Free (NPR)

Ted Cruz Holds Onto Narrow Lead Over Beto O'Rourke (Bloomberg)

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Delay Census Citizenship Question Trial (NPR)

Wise Words


"You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself." Andrew Carnegie


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