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Situational awareness - July 28, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Tuesday!


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

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

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

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

  • Republicans unveil their new stimulus proposal which includes Mitt Romney's legislation to shore up Social Security and Medicare.
  • An experimental coronavirus vaccine enters a phase-3 trial with human volunteers.
  • President Trump's national security adviser tests positive for covonavirus.


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images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_03.jpgRomney's proposal to shore up Social Security, Medicare included in Senate GOP coronavirus bill
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Senate Republicans unveiled their $1 trillion coronavirus relief proposal on Monday. The bill also includes a bipartisan proposal from Utah Sen. Mitt Romney to empower Congress to find ways to shore up Social Security and Medicare.
images/1000px_Mugs/Charlie_Sykes_01.jpegPodcast: Making sense of our current political moment with The Bulwark's Charlie Sykes
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Charlie Sykes, editor in chief of The Bulwark, joins the podcast to help us make sense of the current political moment in America.
images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_04.jpgMcAdams says Congress must take a fiscally responsible approach to coronavirus relief
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The centrist New Democrat Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative House Democrats in Washington, says the coronavirus is putting aside concerns about the ballooning federal deficit. However, Utah Democrat Ben McAdams, a member of the group, says he disagrees with that approach.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_06.jpgRomney opposes Trump Federal Reserve nominee
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney says he will vote against a controversial nominee for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.
images/1000px_Mugs/Wilf_Sommerkorn_01.jpgA Planner's outlook on the politics of housing affordability 2020
By Wilf Sommerkorn
Housing affordability and "reform" of local land-use practices have been a hot topic around the country over the last couple of years, including here in the state of Utah.  And it appears that it continues to be on political agendas, even amid the pandemic, with its apparent but uncertain impacts on future urban growth.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'As much pizzazz as a ketchup sandwich'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick discuss the latest Utah political news on a Pioneer Day episode of our podcast.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200723_Lee_Scott_Fox_01.jpgSen. Mike Lee and Lex Scott of Black Lives Matter Utah discuss police reform legislation
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mike Lee and Lex Scott, the founder of Black Lives Matter Utah, both believe there's an opportunity to pass a meaningful police reform bill through congress, but time is running out. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Derek_Brown_02.jpgUtah GOP chairman says he's not surprised Trump canceled Republican convention in Florida
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah GOP Chairman Derek Brown says he was not too surprised that President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Republican National Convention events in Jacksonville set to happen next month.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200723_McAdams_Fox.jpgMcAdams says federal law enforcement presence in Portland seems to be escalating tensions with protesters
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams said Thursday that scenes of federal law enforcement agents clashing with protesters in Portland were jarring, and raised serious questions about the constitutionality of those forces being deployed to an American city. 

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GOP stimulus proposal

The Senate GOP coronavirus bill includes an unrelated White House demand for $1.75 billion to build a new FBI headquarters [WaPo].

Vaccine progress

An experimental coronavirus vaccine moved into a phase-3 trial with 30,000 Americans taking part in the trials [AP].


Dr. Anthony Fauci says the U.S. could see "further suffering and further death" if the coronavirus is not controlled [CNN].

Robert O'Brien, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, has tested positive for coronavirus [NYT].

Google says employees will work from home until next July [WSJ].

False claims

Twitter pulled a video of doctors making false claims about the coronavirus after it was shared by President Trump. The video showed fringe doctors touting hydroxychloroquine as "a cure for COVID" and doubting the effectiveness of wearing masks [CNN].


Insiders say former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has leaped to the top of Joe Biden's list of potential running mates [Politico].

Barr testifies

Attorney General William Barr testifies in front of a House committee on Tuesday. Barr is expected to give a vigorous defense of the Trump administration [Politico].


A National Guard officer will testify to Congress on Tuesday that law enforcement used excessive force on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square last month to clear the way for a photo-op by President Trump [Politico].

Debate trouble

Notre Dame University has withdrawn as host of the first presidential debate in September because of coronavirus concerns. The debate, scheduled for September 29, will now take place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The second debate was moved from the University of Michigan to Miami earlier this summer [CNN].


The Trump administration dispatched more federal agents to Portland as violent protests spread to other cities across the nation [WaPo].

News to us

Last week President Donald Trump claimed he had been invited to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium in New York on August 15. That claim was a surprise to his schedulers and the Yankee organization [NYT].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngCOVID-19's impact on global security issues webinar
Doron Bergerbest-Eilon, the current CEO of ASERO Worldwide and former Director of Security & Protection Division of Israel Security Agency--Israel's most senior ranking counterterrorism official--will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on global security issues and what it means for Utah businesses and individuals. Bergerbest-Eilon will also share solutions to these challenges through the defense, security, and cybersecurity industries.
images/1000px_Logos/Utah_Economic_Response_Task_Force_Logo_01.jpgUtah Economic Response Task Force town hall: Utah congressional delegation members discuss the debate on the next federal stimulus package
You're invited to join the Utah Economic Response Task Force for a Town Hall on July 28, 2020, from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom or Facebook.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 90: Twitter hacked and playing cyber defense to protect COVID-19 research
One of the world's largest and most influential social media platforms had a breach of some of its most high-profile users. In this episode of the CYBER24 podcast, presented by VLCM, we look at the hack of verified Twitter accounts and discuss foreign attempts to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from the U.S. and our allies. 
U.S. Department of Commerce invests $2.9 million in CARES Act funding to capitalize revolving loan runds to help small businesses across Utah respond to coronavirus
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration is awarding $2.9 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs across Utah that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.      
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 7-23-20
 Outdoors Report-- KSL.com: Proposal would extend Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Salt Lake, Utah counties-- KSL.com: Groups launch million-dollar campaign to protect Bears Ears artifactsConcerts-- Murray Arts in the Park: High Society, Friday, 8 p.m., Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 East 5300 South, Salt Lake City, $10-- "Disney Goes Broadway," Saturday, 7 p.m., Vernal Theatre: LIVE, 40 East Main Street, Vernal, $6-$8Theater-- "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through July 24, Renaissance Now Theatre & Film -- "King Lear" through July 25, Renaissance Now Theatre & Film -- "Thoroughly Modern Millie" through July 25, Hopebox Theatre -- "Pippin" through July 27, Draper Historic Theatre-- "Bright Star" through August 15, Hale Centre Theatre-- "Little Women" through August 22, Hale Center Theater OremEt cetra-- Fiddlers 'n Fireworks, Friday, 7 p.m., Heber Valley Railroad, 450 South 600 West, Heber City-- Mapleton Pioneer Day Fireworks, Friday, 10 p.m., Ira Allan Park, 1728 South 800 West, Mapleton-- Pioneer Day Food Trucks and Music, Friday, 4 8 p.m., Kiwanis Park, 820 North 1100 East, Provo-- Provo Pioneer Day Fireworks, Friday, 10 p.m., Provo Towne Centre Mall, 1200 Towne Centre Boulevard, Provo-- Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, Friday, 8 a.m. 12 p.m., Kamas-- Spanish Fork Fiesta Days, Friday, various venues, Spanish Fork-- 2020 Cache Valley Rendezvous and Pioneer Festival, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m., American West Heritage Center, 4025 South Hwy 89-91, Wellsville-- Blast from the Past Car Show, Friday and Saturday, Salina City Park, 1500 South Old Hwy 10, Salina-- Kamas Valley Fiesta Days, Friday and Saturday, various locations, Kamas-- Kanab Music Festival, Friday and Saturday, 5 10 p.m., Jacob Hamblin Park, 531 North 100 East, Kanab-- 2nd Annual Unity and Community Beer Fest, Saturday, 1 9 p.m., Policy Kings Brewery, 223 North 100 West, Cedar City -- Utah Foods Cook Off 2020, Saturday, 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m., Museum of Natural Curiosity, Thanksgiving Point, 3605 Garden Drive, Lehi-- Day of the Cowboy, through Sunday, Camp Floyd State Park and Stagecoach Inn Museum, 18035 West 1540 North, Cedar Valley-- Outdoor Movie Series, Fridays, 8:30 p.m., through July 31, Thanksgiving Point, 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi,-- Sunflower Farm Festival, through early August, Cross E Ranch, 3500 North 2200 West, Salt Lake City-- Downtown Farmer's Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. 1 p.m., through October 24, Pioneer Park, 350 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City 

More National Headlines


1794 - Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.

1868 - The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process and the equal protection of the laws to former slaves, was declared in effect.

1914 - World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

1945 - A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.

1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.

2016 - At a news conference, presidential candidate Donald Trump expressed the hope that the Russians could recover thirty-thousand emails that were deleted from Hillary Clinton's personal server.

Wise Words


"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Wayne Dyer

Lighter Side

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"Donald Trump is the only person who can talk about a cognitive test but make me feel like I have brain damage." - TREVOR NOAH

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