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Situational awareness - July 22, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Wednesday!


104 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

182 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)

187 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • President Trump asked the ambassador to Britain to ask the British government if they would help steer the British Open golf tournament to his resort in Scotland. 
  • The president said the coronavirus outbreak will get worse before it gets better.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert joined other GOP governors in urging Congress to pass coronavirus liability protections for businesses.


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images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_08.jpgHerbert joins other GOP governors pushing Congress to pass 'commonsense' coronavirus liability protections
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert joined with 20 other Republican governors in sending a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, urging them to pass "common sense" liability protections for American companies that reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: Profits over people
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick dig into the latest Utah political news.
images/Resized_Logos/Pro_Publica_Logo.pngPoliticians and Business Interests Pushed Health Officials Aside to Control Reopening. Then Cases Exploded.
By Lisa Song and Mollie Simon, ProPublica
Back in April, when public health officials were still helping lead Utah's response to the coronavirus, the spread of the disease had slowed, stabilizing at fewer than 200 reported cases a day.Then came a shift in power, and priorities.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_12.jpgState set to begin major push to convince Utahns to wear masks
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Look for a "major" public service announcement campaign coming this week aimed at getting Utahns to wear masks and keep social distancing, says Utah Senate President Stuart Adams.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200720_Owens_Fox.jpgCongressional candidate Burgess Owens slams Washington Redskins name change
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Republican congressional nominee Burgess Owens says the campaign to get the Washington Redskins to change their nickname was pushed by the "left trying to destroy our history."
images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_13.jpgTrump still favored to carry Utah in November, but ratings shift toward Democrats
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Are President Trump's sagging poll numbers threatening the GOP's grip on Utah? Maybe not, but the days of Utah being a rock-solid Republican stronghold could be threatened in the age of Trump. 
images/1000px_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Significant_Statistics_Logo.pngSignificant statistics: How are the economic crisis and long-term trends affecting government jobs in Utah?
By Utah Foundation
There has been a sharp decline in government jobs since the pandemic began affecting Utah's economy in March.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_14.jpgPoll shows Utahns are still wary of engaging in many activities because of coronavirus
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Many Utahns are still uncomfortable engaging in activities that before the coronavirus would have been everyday occurrences, like going to church, or eating out at a restaurant or flying on a commercial airline, a recent poll for UtahPolicy.com and KUTV 2News finds.

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President Donald Trump asked the U.S. ambassador to Britain to see if the British government would help steer the lucrative British Open golf tournament to his Turnberry resort in Scotland. The ambassador's deputy asked him not to do it, warning it was unethical. The ambassador raised the issue with British authorities, but the idea went nowhere [NYT].


China is vowing to retaliate after they said the U.S. ordered their Houston consulate to close within 72 hours. Chinese officials are calling the move an "unprecedented escalation" [USA Today].


President Trump warned the coronavirus outbreak will worsen before it gets better and urged Americans to wear a mask in public [AP].

The White House and congressional Republicans are struggling to unite on a plan for another coronavirus stimulus package [Politico].

The CDC says the number of Americans infected with the virus could be up to 12 times higher than reported [Bloomberg].

Defense funding bill

The White House is threatening to veto the $741 billion defense funding bill over a provision to rename military installations named for Confederate leaders [Politico].


President Trump signed a memo seeking to omit undocumented immigrants from the count for redrawing congressional districts [AP].

Show of force

The Trump administration is weighing sending federal law enforcement forces to more cities to crack down on unrest [Politico].


Twitter banned 7,000 accounts linked to QAnon and limits another 150,000. The platform will also stop recommending content related to the conspiracy theory [NBC News].

Congress clash

Some House Republicans are calling on Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney to step down from her leadership post because they claim she is inefficiently loyal to President Trump [WaPo].


Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested by the FBI in a $60 million bribery case [Cincinnati Enquirer].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. 

During his Tuesday briefing, President Trump acknowledged he knew Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, and wished her well. Maxwell was arrested earlier this month on sex trafficking charges [WaPo].


United Airlines lost an astonishing $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2020 [CNBC].

Coca-cola says sales dropped 28 percent in the most recent quarter but expects a rebound in Q3 [Reuters].

Walmart says they will close stores on Thanksgiving for the first time in several years [USA Today].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/EDCUtah_Logo_2020.pngWorking on the railroad: Five questions for Union Pacific's Nathan Anderson
An EDCUtah investor, Union Pacific has 1,269 miles of track in Utah and has had a presence here for more than 150 years. We caught up with Nathan Anderson, Senior Director, Public Affairs, to find out how the railroad is evolving and adapting.
State offers free counseling for COVID-related stress
More than 40 crisis counselors are ready to answer your call if you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression because of COVID-19. 
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 89: The anatomy of a hack
Protecting your business from cybercriminals means you have to think like a hacker. In this episode of CYBER24, presented by VLCM, we connect with Webcheck Security CEO Greg Johnson and Webcheck Security VP of Engineering Curt Jeppson, to get some insight on how hackers go about trying to break into your system and steal your data and your money. 
Weber County, Weber-Morgan Health Department, local cities and local businesses launching mask up campaign to slow COVID-19 spread
The group is set to launch a new public information campaign encouraging citizens to wear masks to prevent the rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Weber County has continuously worked to balance the health of our residents, the necessities of the economy, and the personal American rights of our citizens. 
Millcreek to kick off Utah's Pioneer Week honoring Black pioneers
Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini plans to kick off Pioneer Week in Utah with unveiling new street signs designating 3205 South Street in Millcreek as "Chambers Avenue." That street is the only unnamed avenue in Millcreek's new City Center project between Highland Drive and Richmond Avenue and city leaders want to use the opportunity to honor early Millcreek pioneers Samuel and Amanda Chambers.

More National Headlines


1587 - A second group of English settlers arrives on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony.

1686 - Albany, New York is formally chartered by Governor Thomas Dongan.

1793 - Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean becoming the first recorded human to complete a transcontinental crossing of North America.

1893 - Katharine Lee Bates writes "America the Beautiful" after admiring the view from the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado.

1933 - Aviator Wiley Post completes the first solo flight around the world in seven days, 18 hours and 49 minutes.

1937 - The U.S. Senate votes down President Franklin D. Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.

Wise Words

Constitutional Foundation

"The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now. They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty." John Adams: letter to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776

Lighter Side


"But for once, Russia is the second biggest hacking story of the day, because yesterday, major Twitter accounts were hacked in a Bitcoin scam. Now, if you're not familiar, a Bitcoin scam is anything involving Bitcoin." - STEPHEN COLBERT

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