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Situational awareness - November 28, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Thanks for reading Utah's most comprehensive daily political newsletter. We get you up to date on the most important local and national political stories of the day. You can subscribe here. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Executive summary: Mia Love's future may not include another run for office. Paul Manafort's lawyers repeatedly briefed Trump's legal team about the special counsel's investigation. Trump says he's "totally willing" to shut down the government to get funding for his border wall.

  TICK TOCK   

  • 61 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)

  • 107 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)

  • 188 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)

  • 192 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)

  • 259 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)

  • 343 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

  • 433 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

  • 707 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Resized_Mugshots/Mia_Love_25.jpgWhat's next for Mia Love? Don't count on another run in 2020

    What's next for Mia Love following her close loss to Democrat Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th Congressional District? Her high-profile press conference on Monday may provide a few clues....
    images/Screenshots/20181127_Lee_Bloomberg.jpgLee says there's enough support in Congress to pass bipartisan criminal justice reform bill

    Sen. Mike Lee is confident if a sweeping proposal to overhaul the federal criminal justice system makes it to a floor vote in Congress, it will pass....
    images/Screenshots/20181127_Bishop_CSPAN.jpgUPDATE: House passes Bishop proposal to name Ogden VA facility in honor of Brent Taylor

    Rep. Rob Bishop took to the floor of the House on Tuesday to introduce legislation renaming a Department of Veterans Affairs building after North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor who was killed earlier this month in Afghanistan....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Mia_Love_24.jpgWeekly survey: GOP and minorities

    Mia Love suggested in her Monday press conference that part of the reason she lost was the GOP does not do a good job building relationships with minority voters. Do you think that contributed to her defeat in the 2018 midterms? Vote now in our weekly survey....
    images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtahns' confidence in the economy signals strong holiday shopping season

    Utahns are ringing in the holiday season with an overall spirit of economic optimism, a positive sign for local retailers....

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      OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

    Deseret News

    Op-ed: What's really at stake for Utah Lake?

    Audit says Canyons, Ogden school districts improperly used public resources for bond campaigns

    Businessman David Ibarra steps into ring to challenge Biskupski in 2019

    Did Utah man accused of spying for Chinese confess to FBI agents?

    Utah Sen. Mike Lee, V.P. Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump headed to Mexico to work migrant solution

    Despite political 'awkwardness,' Salt Lake City Council considering giving themselves a pay raise

    Salt Lake City leaders approve resolution to support next steps toward a possible Olympic bid

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Utahns move more than most Americans. Why? Think Latter-day Saint missions and a young populace.

    Latino businessman David Ibarra seeks to become Salt Lake City's first-ever ethnic minority mayor

    Brent Taylor, Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan, may have North Ogden VA building named in his honor

    Salt Lake City Council considers changes to its own pay for the first time in nearly four decades

    Other

    Rep. Bishop proposes naming U.S. veterans facility after Brent Taylor (Standard-Examiner)

    County Council hears resident input on potential increase in tax revenue (Logan Herald Journal)


      NATIONAL HEADLINES  

    • Woah! Paul Manafort's lawyers repeatedly briefed President Trump's attorneys about his discussions with federal investigators following Manafort's agreement to cooperate with the special counsel - https://nyti.ms/2FJqqnG 

    • Woah #2! Paul Manafort allegedly held secret talks with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, including during the timeframe he took over as chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign - http://bit.ly/2FKVa7T

    • Woah #3! Right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi alerted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone about WikiLeaks plan to release material damaging to Hillary Clinton nearly 10 weeks before it happened - https://wapo.st/2FY7nXd 

    • President Trump's gave a wide-ranging interview to the Washington Post on Tuesday. Here are the highlights:

      • Trump slammed the Federal Reserve, blaming them for the recent drop in the stock market and this week's announcement that GM would be closing several plants in North America - https://wapo.st/2FMGOUK

      • Trump cast doubt on a report from his own administration on the catastrophic effects that may come from climate change. "People like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we're not necessarily such believers" of science, said Trump - https://wapo.st/2FLuPXx

      • Trump threatened to cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over because of the growing military conflict with Ukraine - https://wapo.st/2FMHolo

      • Trump says he is considering a backup plan if Congress does not fund his proposed border wall. He did not elaborate on what that plan could be - https://wapo.st/2FKEIEB

    • In an interview with Politico, President Trump said he is "totally willing" to shut down parts of the government to get funding for his proposed border wall - https://politi.co/2FKFTnv 

    • President Trump threatened to cut subsidies for GM's electric vehicles after the company announced it was closing several plants and cutting jobs in North America - https://nyti.ms/2FNdXQ2

    • National security adviser John Bolton says he didn't listen to the audio tape of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder because "I don't speak Arabic" - https://wapo.st/2FIm9AT 

    • The White House is denying they are preventing CIA director Gina Haspel from briefing the Senate on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi - http://bit.ly/2FLEywW

    • Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith holds on to win the U.S. Senate runoff in Mississippi following a racially charged campaign - https://cnn.it/2FMGdCu 

    • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been cleared of charges the agency re-drew the boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to benefit Utah lawmaker Mike Noel - https://wapo.st/2FKGiGx

    • Republican Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, defended Ivanka Trump's use of a personal email for government business saying it's "awfully tough" for government officials to comply with email standards - https://politi.co/2FUODYC

    • President Trump could seek a truce in the rade war with China when he meets with President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit this weekend - https://nyti.ms/2FIHBpD 

    • The news program "Fox and Friends" fed interview questions to former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt ahead of his appearances on the show, and even let his team choose what topics would be discussed - https://thebea.st/2FLD2eg

    • The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. has dropped according to a new study - https://nyti.ms/2FIWmsE 

    • A report says climate change is fueling deadlier wildfires across the country and will contribute to more frequent and larger fires in the future - https://nyti.ms/2FJnCqT

    • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned that his country's conflict with Russia could explode into full-scale war - https://cnn.it/2FNcV6N

    • Facebook may have known about Russian meddling on the social media platform as early as 2014 - http://bit.ly/2FNFUXX

      ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

    • 1520 - An expedition under the command of Ferdinand Magellan passes through the Strait of Magellan.

    • 1582 - Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway pay a  40 bond for their marriage license.

    • 1895 - The first American automobile race takes place over the 54miles from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea wins in approximately 10 hours.

    • 1919 - Lady Astor is elected as a Member of Parliament. She is the first woman to sit in the House of Commons.

    Policy News

    Utah Inland Port Authority advances search for executive director, interim administrator and legal counsel
    The Utah Inland Port Authority Board advanced its search for an interim administrator as well as received an update on the national search for a full-time executive director....
    images/Logos/New-GOED-Logo.pngBoeing grants Utah STEM Foundation $75K to launch 'Utah STEM Collective Impact' study
    Boeing has announced that it is granting the Utah STEM Foundation $75,000 to support the Utah STEM Action Center in launching the "Utah STEM Collective Impact" study....

    More National Headlines

    Trump's Right About California's Fires: It Wasn't Climate Change; Two New California Laws Prove It (Forbes)

    Somali immigrant yelled slurs in attempted vehicle attack outside Los Angeles synagogue, police say (FOX News)

    DHS: 110 percent surge in migrant men using kids to enter US, 'rampant fraud' (Washington Examiner)

    Supreme Court finds unity in decision against the endandered dusky gopher frog (USA Today)

    Beto O'Rourke changes his answer on 2020 presidential run (NBC News)

    Freshman House Democrat joins anti-Pelosi faction (CNN)

    House Republicans unveil giant tax package (Politico)

    Lindsey Graham and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spar over migrant crisis (CBS News)

    Democrat Kathleen Kane, former Pennsylvania AG, ordered to prison (FOX News)

    Trump threatens to cut GM subsidies (CNN)

    Trump attacks Fed Chairman Powell: 'I'm not even a little bit happy with my selection of Jay' (CNBC)


    Wise Words

    Touch of Crazy

    "You need a little bit of insanity to do great things." Henry Rollins

     

    Lighter Side

    Survival

    If Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a boat and it capsizes. Who survives? America. One Line Fun

     


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