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Situational awareness - August 13, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Space Force. White supremacist rally outnumbered by counterprotesters. Omarosa recorded her firing in the Situation Room.



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Space Force no go

Our "Political Insiders" don't think the Trump administration's plan to create a Space Force branch of the military is not a good idea - http://bit.ly/2vDja5y

Consumer prices increasing

Even though gas prices are starting to fall, housing prices are driving an overall increase in consumer prices - http://bit.ly/2nznU7O


Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: The 'leaf blower effect' spreads the problems of homelessness

Phil Lyman: Sen. Mike Lee is right on Antiquities Act reform

Editorial: Shelter's rising value shows compassion isn't killing prosperity

The San Juan County clerk may be investigated after a federal judge says he crossed the line in illegally dumping Navajo Willie Grayeyes from the ballot

It's a good thing Bill Wyatt likes a challenge: He walked into new job amid launch of $3.6 billion rebuild of Salt Lake City International Airport

Some Utah conservationists worry that ski area land swaps designed to protect the Cottonwood Canyons may have the opposite effect

Operation Rio Grande: One year in and millions of dollars spent lead to one question: Is it working?

Deseret News

Op-ed: Federal methane rules just got undermined by data

Editorial: Trump's 'forgotten Americans' are recovering, but to whom will they give credit?

Gov. Herbert hits mountains, hears of ranchers' woes, wins

Salt Lake mayor calls for public's help to guide inland port zoning

Provo voters to decide whether to pay more in property taxes to replace 'dilapidated' city buildings

The money behind Utah's contentious medical marijuana initiative

'A village came together' in Bonanza Flat conservation effort


Statewide homeless numbers relatively static in 2018 (Standard-Examiner)

Amidst unprecedented growth and change, Farmington looking for new city manager (Standard-Examiner)




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Today At Utah Policy

Space Force? Our 'Political Insiders' aren't sold on the idea

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence unveiled the Trump administration's plans for establishing Space Force as the sixth branch of the military. Our "Political Insiders" think that idea fizzles on the launch pad....
Gasoline prices begin to fall, but strong housing market still drives overall CPI increase

The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.4 percent from June to July on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....
Save the date: Utah Global Forum November 8, 2018

The Utah Global Forum is our state's premier international business event that attracts hundreds of business executives and domestic and foreign trade officials from throughout the world....

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Policy News

First Utah Women's Policy Conference seeks to create a better Utah for all women and girls
 YWCA Utah will host the first-ever Utah Women's Policy Conference at the Thomson S. Monson Center on Thursday, August 23, 8 AM 5 PM and Friday, August 24, 8 AM 12 PM....
Utah Foundation wins top awards for policy research
 The Governmental Research Association, the national organization for public policy research professionals, has recognized Utah Foundation's work with two of its top awards....
Bishop announces August town hall meetings
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) will host a series of town hall meetings in Utah's first congressional district....
Local court reporter elected to NCRA leadership
 The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country's leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners, and legal videographers, announced that Debra A. Dibble, a freelance court reporter from Salt Lake City, Utah, was ...

National Headlines

Conservatives call for constitutional intervention last seen 230 years ago (Guardian)

Nancy Pelosi Accuses NBC of Trying to 'Undermine' Her Chances of Getting Back Speaker's Gavel (Mediaite)

Poisonous dust from 9/11 attack has given almost 10,000 New Yorkers cancer (The Sun)

Vermont exec would be nation's first transgender governor (Associated Press)

Who's Afraid of Tom Arnold? (Rolling Stone)

NBC Ignores Own Reporter and Crew Assaulted By Antifa in Charlottesville (NewsBusters)

Giuliani: Avenatti should settle 'bankruptcy situation' before running for White House (The Hill)

Rent control fuels costliest fight on California 2018 ballot (CNBC)

Andrew Cuomo unknowingly confesses to breaking federal law with eagle feather story (Washington Times)

Democratic socialists suffer another loss in Hawaii primary, as Dems notch gains elsewhere (FOX News)

Keith Ellison denies abuse allegations (Vox)

Wise Words

Aim of Education

"The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values." William S. Burroughs


Lighter Side

Gotta Do It

"Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech at the Pentagon about creating Trump's Space Force. Pence began the speech by saying, "I can't believe I have to do this." Jimmy Fallon


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