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Situational awareness - November 2, 2018
Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!
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Executive summary: Mia Love's campaign again tries to get ads attacking her taken off the air. Outside spending in the 4th District is exploding in the final weeks of the 2018 election. Trump continues to use immigration fears to motivate his base ahead of the 2018 midterms.
- In-person early voting ends today (11/2/2018)
- 4 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
- 87 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
- 132 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
- 213 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)
- 217 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)
- 284 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
- 368 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
- 732 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyMia Love's campaign again tries to get Democratic attack ads taken off the air
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- Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone allegedly had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks' plan to release stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign, and communicated with Trump campaign head Steve Bannon about them - https://nyti.ms/2QlKT2I
- President Trump says he plans an executive order to restrict the rules for those attempting to claim asylum. He also says troops at the US-Mexico border could fire on members of the migrant caravan as he continues to use the group as part of his midterm election closing argument - https://cnn.it/2QaMqZz
- The Pentagon told the Trump administration that "only a small percentage" of Central American migrants in the caravans moving north would ever make it to the U.S.-Mexico border. That information was given to the administration before Trump decided to send 5,200 troops to the border - http://bit.ly/2QeCOwO
- President Trump continued his demagoguing on the 14th Amendment's birthright citizenship clause at a campaign rally in Missouri, calling it a "crazy, lunatic policy" - https://cnn.it/2QenQqR
- President Trump also complained that pipe bombs sent to his critics and last week's deadly attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue stole the GOP's "momentum" heading into the midterm elections - https://thebea.st/2QcLxQ7
- Republicans are growing increasingly worried that Trump's nationalism rhetoric is driving suburban voters away from the party - https://nyti.ms/2QcKj7t
- Democrats have a 9-point lead in the generic congressional ballot as we head into the final stretch of the 2018 election - http://bit.ly/2QepGbb
- More than 20 million early votes have been cast so far in the 2018 midterms, mostly by women and older voters - https://cnn.it/2QeTcgW
- The Pentagon has prepared a cyberattack on Russia if that country interferes with the 2018 election - https://thebea.st/2QepZCR
- A new poll finds a majority of voters blame President Trump for dividing the country, but more place the blame at the feet of the national news media - https://politi.co/2QclXe4
- The White House is growing increasingly worried about the mounting allegations against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The Justice Department is investigating whether Zinke used his office to personally profit on a land deal. The Interior Department is also looking into whether Zinke's office re-drew the boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to benefit Utah Rep. Mike Noel - https://wapo.st/2QeB7zs
- The dimwits behind the botched plot to frame special counsel Robert Mueller held a press conference on Thursday about their allegations. It did not go well - https://thebea.st/2QeXPaE
- There are new signs that our booming economy may be starting to head into a recession. Worker productivity is sluggish, manufacturing is stalled and business investment is down - http://bit.ly/2QdDZg1
- White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says the federal minimum wage is a "terrible idea" that drives up costs for small businesses - https://wapo.st/2QeSPD4
- President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Thursday they had spoken via telephone and were working toward a face-to-face meeting later this month on trade issues - https://wapo.st/2QcKEaf
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
- 1889 - North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th states.
- 1920 - KDKA in Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the result of the 1920 presidential election.
- 1947 - Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the "Spruce Goose,", the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.
- 1959 - Charles Van Doren told a congressional investigation he had been given questions and answers in advance of appearances on a television game show.
- 1962 - President John F. Kennedy announced that Soviet missile bases in Cuba were being dismantled.
- 1965 - Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front of the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam War.
- 1983 - President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
- 1984 - Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962.
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More National Headlines
Tree of Life rabbi says he saw a 'warm and personal side' to Trump that surprised him (Washington Post)
Poll: Less than half of Americans predict Russian interference in midterms (Politico)
'Difficult Times Require Strong Leadership': Bennett Says Trump Is 'Absolutely Right' on Asylum (FOX News)
Pence slams 'leftist groups' allegedly organizing migrant caravan in Fox Business interview (FOX News)
More early votes already cast than in 2014 - but Republicans outpace Democrats (Salon)
Judge refuses to block voter ID law for Native Americans in North Dakota (The Hill)
Trump: Pelosi subpoena threat 'illegal,' grounds for Supreme Court battle (Washington Times)
Trump blasts Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill after she distanced herself from party members (USA Today)
Judgment day arrives for Schumer, red-state Dems (Politico)
Trump Finds Support After the Pittsburgh Massacre, From the Israeli Government (New York Times)
Trump Escalates Immigration Issue Days Ahead Of Elections With White House Remarks (NPR)
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill
The consensus after the election is that 100% of Americans think 50% of Americans have lost their minds. Onelinefun
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