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Situational awareness - September 11, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

SCOOP: Utah lawmakers are considering a special session, possibly in October, to pass laws expanding access to medical cannabis to more patients than would be covered by Prop. 2 - http://bit.ly/2Oacgf4

Republican Chris Stewart is under 50% in his re-election bid. President Trump is absolutely toxic to voters in Utah's 4th District. al Qaeda is "stronger than ever" 17 years after 9/11.


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images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_19.jpgUtah lawmakers considering expanding access to medical cannabis in special session next month

Utah lawmakers are mulling a special session, perhaps as early as October, to expand access to medical marijuana in Utah, using the existing framework established under the "right to try" legislation passed by lawmakers in the 2018 session....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Stewart_Ghorbani_11.jpgPoll: Stewart leads Ghorbani by 11-points, but he's under 50% support in 2nd District

The good news for Rep. Chris Stewart? He currently enjoys an 11-point lead over Democrat Shireen Ghorbani. The bad news? Stewart is now under 50%, which is not where an incumbent wants to be with less than two months to go before election day....
images/Shutterstock_Mugshots/Donald_Trump_12.jpgTrump is toxic in Utah's 4th District, and that could be a deciding factor in Love/McAdams race

It could be a smart move by Ben McAdams if he started running TV ads showing Rep. Mia Love with President Donald Trump and a woman's voice-over saying how bad Trump is for 4th District voters....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Mia_Love_04.jpgFEC warns Mia Love's campaign of improper campaign fundraising; Love refunding some of the money, but will keep most (Updated to include statement from Love's campaign)

Rep. Mia Love's campaign will refund less than half of what the Federal Election Commission says was more than a million dollars that was improperly raised for a primary election that didn't happen....


Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Prison owes defendants, and the public, the whole truth

Utah copes with drying streams, dying animals as drought tightens its grip - with no relief in sight

The strange and winding fraud case against two Kingston brothers turns up ties to polygamy, Turkey, even the Mueller investigation

State prosecutors find 'troubling' behavior but pass on bringing criminal charges against former Unified Fire Authority chiefs

Senate candidates Jenny Wilson and Mitt Romney are hundreds of thousands of acres apart on national monuments. Where do they stand on public lands generally?

FEC says Mia Love's campaign may have raised more than $1 million illegally for a primary election she never faced

Judge sets hearing in Bears Ears monument case as tribes, environmentalists demand notification of potential mining

'Fear for your life': Electric scooters are a hit in Salt Lake City, but sidewalk ridership may contribute to injuries

Deseret News

Editorial: Congress' cold feet have politicized the ICE debate

Rep. Mia Love to return, redesignate $380K raised for primary election

With 'legal grounds,' Jenny Wilson says she would move for Trump's impeachment

Utah's drought bad, but could get worse without a wet winter

Fight over Cottonwood Mall project headed to Utah Supreme Court

Political, geographical divide hurts public lands, Rep. Rob Bishop says


Weber County leaders to debate plan seeking study into changing county government (Standard-Examiner)

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  • 17 years after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. officials say al Qaeda may be stronger than ever - https://lat.ms/2O3QDx4

  • The U.S. has spent $1.5 trillion on various wars in the 17 years following the 9/11 attacks - https://cnb.cx/2O63q20

  • President Trump's approval rating has dropped 6-points in the past month. His standing among independent voters has hit a new low point - https://cnn.it/2O8izQy...Trump's average approval rating is down to 41% - http://bit.ly/2O3QVEa

  • Woah! The Trump administration held secret meetings with rebel Venezuelan officers to discuss a possible coup in that country - https://nyti.ms/2O7QkBn

  • Hurricane Florence is poised to hit the East Coast packing winds of up to 140 mph. Millions of people are fleeing in the face of the storm - https://cnn.it/2O7OC2V

  • The White House is coordinating a second summit meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - https://cnb.cx/2O90MJ5

  • House Republicans are floating a plan to make President Trump's tax cuts permanent -  https://on.wsj.com/2O6eEUh

  • Despite a surge in voter enthusiasm, most Americans will once again stay home during the 2018 midterm elections - https://n.pr/2Ob6cTB

  • Hollywood has a new hobby: Funding candidates to help flip control of the House to Democrats - https://wapo.st/2O62iLO

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions urged immigration judges to show less sympathy in deportation hearings - http://bit.ly/2O85MNY

  • Border agents say illegal border crossings surged once again last month - https://wapo.st/2O8JewF

  • The White House wants the DOJ to investigate which unnamed Trump administration official penned the anonymous op-ed trashing President Trump. However, the administration won't say which law was broken - https://abcn.ws/2O91juz

  • The Trump administration wants to make it easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere - https://nyti.ms/2O633Va

  • Boring but important! The indicators that we may be heading into a bear market are at their highest point in the past half-century - https://bloom.bg/2OaeBXs

  • The White House is once again cracking down on personal phones following the release of secretly recorded conversations by Omarosa Manigault Newman - https://cnn.it/2O8FyLd

  • Weird story! Alleged Russian spy Marina Butina was paid to pursue the development of a television show starring Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighting his "love of the outdoors" - https://abcn.ws/2Ob5GVF

  • Small business optimism is at the highest level ever recorded - https://cnb.cx/2O67hft

  • The CDC is warning Americans to prepare for a nasty flu season this year - https://cnb.cx/2O86D18

  • NASA may sell naming rights on rockets - https://wapo.st/2O7AIxR


  • 1609 - Henry Hudson is the first European to visit Manhattan Island.

  • 1777 - Troops commanded by Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British in the Battle of Brandywine.

  • 1789 - Alexander Hamilton is appointed the first Secretary of the Treasury.

  • 1813 - British troops arrive in Mount Vernon and prepare to invade Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812.

  • 1950 - Korean War: President Harry S. Truman approved military operations north of the 38th parallel.

  • 1959 - Congress passed a bill authorizing food stamps for low-income Americans.

  • 1978 - Janet Parker, a British medical photographer, became the last recorded person to die from smallpox.

  • 2001 - September 11 attacks: A series of coordinated suicide attacks killing 2,996 people. Two aircraft crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, a third hits The Pentagon, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

  • 2012 - The U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya is attacked, resulting in four deaths.

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Policy News

Gov. Herbert orders flags lowered in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Tues., Sept. 11, 2018, in observance of Patriot Day....
Hatch's bill to protect religious institutions passes unanimously in Senate and House
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the longest-serving member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after his bill, The Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017, passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and t...
images/Resized_Logos/C24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 Episode 26: Is it time to hack back?
As cyber crime continues to become a bigger concern for businesses and policymakers, some are now suggesting the best defense may actually be a good offense - or at the very least slightly more aggressive one....
images/Resized_Logos/Fox_Files_Logo.pngFox files: 'Utah love in California'
I just returned from a quick swing through Northern California with the Governor's team, and it was a great trip....

More National Headlines

Obama re-emerges to remind voters why they elected Trump (Washington Times)

Bernie Sanders renews attacks on Amazon, shares video accusing company of 'Orwellian language' (The Hill)

Benghazi survivor told Fox News he wanted to 'choke' Obama over 'wild conspiracy' comments (Washington Post)

It's Never Andrew Cuomo's Fault (Slate)

Ken Starr says he considered perjury charges against Hillary Clinton, in explosive new memoir (FOX News)

House Republicans Unveil Plan to Make Individuals' Tax Cuts Permanent (Wall Street Journal)

Conservatives fire back at Obama, say he sowed the division that led to Trump (USA Today)

Here's how Republicans could hang on to Congress in November (NBC News)

Government admits it was 'mistaken' in accusing alleged Russian spy Maria Butina of trading sex for access (CNBC)

Amid heated governor's race, Ron DeSantis resigns from Congress (NBC News)

California governor signs law for clean energy by 2045 (BBC News)

Wise Words


"Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders." Tom Peters


Lighter Side


"At Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Democrats released some of his confidential emails from 2003. Republicans were furious that his emails were being read. Then Hillary was like, "Sucks, doesn't it?" Jimmy Fallon


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