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Situational awareness - June 8, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Romney says Trump will win another term in 2020. G7 leaders may rebuke the U.S. over trade. Trump says he doesn't need to prepare ahead of time for his meeting with Kim Jong Un.

Breaking overnight: Chef and television host Anthony Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide in a hotel room in France [Washington Post].



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Four more years?

Mitt Romney, speaking at his annual elite political summit in Park City, says Donald Trump will be re-elected in 2020 because of a good economy and Democrats will nominate a candidate outside of the mainstream [Politico].

What a week!

Polls! Mia Love vs. Ben McAdams. John Curtis vs. Chris Herrod. Plus Donald Trump doesn't know much about history or the lyrics to "God Bless America"! Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott chew over the week that was [Utah Policy}.

Our week in review is also available in our award-winning podcast form for your mobile listening [Utah Policy].

Brickbats and political mailers

The battle between Rep. Ray Ward and challenger Phill Wright in HD19 is getting mean-spirited [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

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I suppose it was inevitable that the Utah House District 19 GOP primary race this year was going to be really tough, maybe even mean-spirited.And, unfortunately, it's proven true....

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Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott tear into a busy week in Utah politics....

Weekly survey: Will the Utah Supreme Court put Count My Vote on the ballot?

Count My Vote is appealing to the Utah Supreme Court after they narrowly missed qualifying for the November ballot. ...

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Seeking business opportunities in Taiwan & South Korea?
World Trade Center Utah and the Governor's Office of Economic Development invite you to join us on a trade mission to Taiwan and South Korea led by Governor Gary R. Herbert. The trade mission will take place from September 17 through September 21, 2018. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Holly Richardson: Religious freedom for some is religious freedom for none

5 months after being fired, Utah tech-college president offered $100,000 and a raise to take her job back

Gehrke: More people should be involved in the port talks, especially the women who represent that area of Salt Lake City

Town accuses Daggett County of spending funds that are supposed to be used for the benefit of residents

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Disaster looms for Social Security, and no one seems to care

Op-ed: Masterpiece Cakeshop decision reveals a better way

Val Hale: The success of modern railroads may surprise you

Ex-Utah A.G. Mark Shurtleff sues FBI, county, state investigators for $60M

Feds reject Utah school testing waiver

'Hope for the future': New inpatient center for homeless called key piece in fight against addiction

Mayor McAdams asks board to pump brakes on Daybreak-like development near Herriman

To 'make Sam proud': Ann Granato sworn in to fill late husband's spot on the Salt Lake County Council

Romney promises 'campaigns are off limits' during his annual political retreat

State, feds zero in on business accused of exploiting workers on Salt Lake airport expansion project


Editorial: Agriculture protection designation fails farmers in Lehi (Daily Herald)

Utah Rep. Keith Grover will fill vacant Utah Senate seat, creating another legislative vacancy to fill (Daily Herald)

Local school districts approve one-time pay increases (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Supreme Court considering taking same-sex wedding flowers case (CNN)

Alice Marie Johnson thanks Trump for 'second chance,' tells Fox News faith kept her strong (FOX News)

House passes Trump's plan to claw back $15 billion in spending (The Hill)

Justice Department offers lawmakers new material on FBI's Russia investigation (Washington Post)

House GOP immigration talks go off the rails (Politico)

Trump administration won't defend ACA in case brought by GOP states (Washington Post)

Trump spars with Trudeau, Macron on trade ahead of G-7 summit (CNBC)

Mulvaney fires all 25 members of consumer watchdog's advisory board (Washington Post)

Google promises not to use A.I. for weapons or surveillance, for the most part (CNBC)

How the Gig Economy Is Reshaping Work: Not So Much (New York Times)

Sen. Mark Warner: We'll 'absolutely' try to block 'awful, awful' deal with China's ZTE (CNBC)

Wise Words


"All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side

Flip Coin

"In anticipation of the upcoming meeting between Donald Trump and North Korean leaderKim Jong Un, the U.S. government has minted a commemorative coin. It's the only coin in history where if you flip it, no matter what side it lands on, everyone loses." James Corden

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