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Situational awareness - August 21, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Stewart on North Korea. Utah County GOP suffers backlash from a Nazi joke. Microsoft foils Russian hackers targeting U.S. political institutions.


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Stewart speaks

Rep. Chris Stewart says the Trump administration is making progress with North Korea, but there's still a long way to go. Stewart recently returned from a visit to the Korean peninsula. Stewart also made an eyebrow-raising claim about the media without offering any proof - http://bit.ly/2BvugPi

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Nazi joke fallout

The Utah County GOP has lost three high-profile donors for an upcoming fundraising dinner after it was revealed the party's vice-chairman made a Nazi joke in a private Facebook group - http://bit.ly/2OPP2Le

GOP hardliners fall short

An effort by some members of the Utah GOP Central Committee to change the rules to boost convention-route candidates over opponents who gather signatures failed on Saturday - http://bit.ly/2nWomgl


  OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Modern physicists are scientifically astute but philosophically naive

Utah medical marijuana opponents wanted Gov. Gary Herbert to direct the state government to help fight the initiative

Why do Republican Mia Love and Democrat Ben McAdams have the same orange campaign imagery?

UTA illegally fired whistleblower who warned agency it was violating safety rules while trying to get good publicity, feds say

The Utah Inland Port board's committees meeting in private despite criticism over lack of transparency

Deseret News

Editorial: What does Operation Rio Grande look like one year later?

Groups gear up to propose drastic changes to Pioneer Park

Feds order UTA to reinstate whistleblower, pay him $300K

Could Ogden be new home for BLM headquarters?

First TV commercial airs in Love-McAdams race

Other

Did your property taxes go up? If you live in these seven cities the answer is yes (Logan Herald Journal)


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images/Resized_Mugshots/Chris_Stewart_10.jpgStewart: Trump administration making progress with North Korea
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
President Donald Trump tweeted in June that North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat" following his much-publicized meeting with Kim Jong-un. Rep. Chris Stewart says that's not the case....
images/Logos/UTGOP_Logo_02.jpgEffort by Utah GOP hardliners to punish signature-gathering candidates falls short
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
An attempt over the weekend inside the Utah Republican Party to endorse convention-only candidates above signature-gathering candidates failed....
images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_01.jpgDonors flee Utah County GOP after online Nazi 'joke'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
An insensitive "joke" about Nazis made by a Utah County GOP leader is prompting sponsors to withdraw their financial support for the county party's annual fundraising dinner. ...
images/Shutterstock_Icons/Podcast_06.jpgPodcast: Rep. Chris Stewart
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Chris Stewart joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss the situation in North Korea, election security, and the ballooning federal deficit....
images/Logos/EDCUtah_454X417.pngU.S. Department of Commerce invests $1.8M in Provo infrastructure
By EDCUtah
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration is awarding a $1.8 million grant to the Provo City Corporation of Provo, Utah, for roadway and utility infrastructure needed to support business expansion and developme...
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Homeless_01.jpg'Political Insiders' grade Operation Rio Grande's first year
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Operation Rio Grande, the extensive program to help the homeless in downtown Salt Lake City, marked its first year in existence last week. Our "Political Insiders" say the effort so far has either been a success or it's too early to reach a conclusion....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Blake_Farenthold_01.jpgDisgraced former GOP congressman blames Mia Love for his ouster
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former GOP congressman Blake Farenthold says Rep. Mia Love is partially to blame for his resignation following a sex scandal....

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Policy News

Over 1,300 community members will celebrate outstanding Utah women at YWCA LeaderLuncheon
At this year's 30th annual YWCA LeaderLuncheon on Friday, September 7 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Grand America Hotel, community members will come together to celebrate, be inspired, and raise critical funds for YWCA Utah....
2018 general election debate series announced
The ABU Education Fund and the University of Utah's John R. Park Debate Society will host a series of three general election debates this fall. The debates will be for S.D. 8, H.D. 8, and H.D. 32....
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy announces its World Affairs Lecture Series
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Ambassador Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series, hosted in partnership with Westminster College....
Tax Commission designates interim executive director
Utah State Tax Commissioners designated a 32-year veteran of the agency as its interim executive director....
Gov. Herbert lowers flags in honor of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah on Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 to honor the life and service of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, who will be laid to rest on that day....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Modern physicists are scientifically astute but philosophically naive

Utah medical marijuana opponents wanted Gov. Gary Herbert to direct the state government to help fight the initiative

Why do Republican Mia Love and Democrat Ben McAdams have the same orange campaign imagery?

UTA illegally fired whistleblower who warned agency it was violating safety rules while trying to get good publicity, feds say

The Utah Inland Port board's committees meeting in private despite criticism over lack of transparency

Deseret News

Editorial: What does Operation Rio Grande look like one year later?

Groups gear up to propose drastic changes to Pioneer Park

Feds order UTA to reinstate whistleblower, pay him $300K

Could Ogden be new home for BLM headquarters?

First TV commercial airs in Love-McAdams race

Other

Did your property taxes go up? If you live in these seven cities the answer is yes (Logan Herald Journal)


National Headlines

Media's biggest Kavanaugh misses: Aspiring hit pieces on Supreme Court pick draw mockery (FOX News)

Hillary Clinton steps back into the fray to fundraise for Democrats this fall (NBC News)

'Time for action is now.' Interior chief demands plan to pump more California water south (Sacramento Bee)

Dem Rep. Hastings gets big laughs for joking about Trump drowning in Potomac (FOX News)

Obama muscles into Illinois governor's race (POLITICO)

Trump says it's 'very dangerous' when Twitter, Facebook self-regulate content (CNBC)

EPA Head Signs Proposal to Undo Restrictions on Coal Plants (Wall Street Journal)

Manafort, defense team 'very happy' after jury fails to reach verdict in third day of deliberations (FOX News)

China defies U.S. pressure as EU parts ways with Iranian oil (Reuters)

Trump says he's 'not thrilled' with Fed's Powell for raising interest rates (Reuters)

Stocks hover near record highs (FOX Business)


Wise Words

Great Days

"There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why." William Barclay

Lighter Side

Tapes

"White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders couldn't guarantee that there's no tape of Trump using racial slurs. Sarah said, "At this point, think of anything, and there's probably a tape of Trump doing it." Jimmy Fallon


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