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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.
- 49 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)
- 56 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)
- 63 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)
- 70 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)
- 72 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)
- 77 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
- 160 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
- 205 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
- 805 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
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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
Download the podcast of our full conversation with Rep. Stewart - http://bit.ly/2PrsmSW
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
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
Did your property taxes go up? If you live in these seven cities the answer is yes (Logan Herald Journal)
- Microsoft says they have foiled a Russian operation targeting political institutions in the U.S. A notorious hacking group linked to Russian intelligence aimed to hack into the computers of people who visited fake websites designed to look like legitimate public policy and U.S. Senate websites - https://wapo.st/2Bw0kCz
- In an interview with Reuters, President Trump said he is leaning against sitting down with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators for an interview because he's worried it could turn into a "perjury trap" - https://reut.rs/2BvPZGP
- President Trump says he could run special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 election if he wanted to - https://wapo.st/2BvGdEx
- Democrats in Congress are questioning whether national security adviser John Bolton's ties to Russia were properly vetted before he joined the White House - https://politi.co/2BxtDVA
- White House counsel Don McGahn says he does not believe he implicated President Trump in legal wrongdoing during his discussions with special counsel Robert Muller's team - https://wapo.st/2Br318B
- Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh urged prosecutors investigating Bill Clinton to ask graphic questions about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky - https://nyti.ms/2Bw0WrR
- Trump administration officials believe they have the upper hand with China in the growing trade war between the two countries as China's economy is beginning to cool down - https://on.wsj.com/2BvZBBr
- President Trump taunted former CIA director John Brennan via Twitter on Monday, urging him to file a lawsuit against the president for revoking his security clearance - https://nyti.ms/2BuzD17
- White House budget director Mick Mulvaney suggests President Trump's planned military parade was canceled for reasons other than the projected $92 million price tag, but would not elaborate - https://politi.co/2BvJYd7
- Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt placed only one phone call from the $43,000 secure booth he had placed in his office - https://wapo.st/2BvoSf9
- She's baaack. Hillary Clinton will fundraise for Democrats at three events this fall - https://nbcnews.to/2BuBBP3
- Immigration officials deported the last-remaining Nazi concentration camp guard in the U.S. on Monday - http://bit.ly/2BvzzOI
- Protesters at the University of North Carolina toppled a Confederate statue on Monday night - https://cnn.it/2BDWK9Q
- The EPA is expected to unveil a replacement for President Obama's Clean Power Plan. The new policy is said to include fewer restrictions on coal-fired power plants - https://abcn.ws/2BwWhG8
- Hospital emergency rooms are seeing a rash of injuries related to electric scooters that are popping up in cities across the U.S. - http://bit.ly/2Bvjybp
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
- 1831 - Nat Turner leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion in Virginia. Turner was later hanged.
- 1888 - The first successful adding machine in the U.S. is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
- 1897 - American automobile manufacturer Oldsmobile is founded.
- 1911 - The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
- 1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
- 2017 - Millions watched the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 38 years.
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