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Situational awareness - September 27, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Buckle up, it's gonna be one of those days. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing with Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford beginning at 8 am local time. Also, President Trump meets with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Rosenstein reportedly offered to resign on Monday.


  • 12 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)

  • 19 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)

  • 26 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)

  • 33 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)

  • 35 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)

  • 40 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

  • 123 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)

  • 170 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)

  • 768 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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    Deseret News

    Editorial: School fees shouldn't break the bank for Utah students

    Poll: Majority of Utahns don't want second term for Trump

    Is DOJ gearing up to investigate tech giants? Utah A.G. part of cryptic meeting with Sessions

    Inland Port board slows down, aims to 'dispel suspicion' amid transparency concerns

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: As flow gets low and permits get slow, will Lake Powell pipeline still go?

    Republican candidate for Salt Lake County's top prosecutor spot will return campaign contributions after exceeding caps

    Sen. Hatch says he's 'suspicious' of latest allegation against Kavanaugh but the Senate should investigate

    Most Utahns would oppose a second term for President Donald Trump, new poll shows

    Inland Port Authority Board looks to dispel criticism over transparency and lay groundwork for decision-making


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    • Get ready for wall to wall coverage of Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford - http://bit.ly/2QeqQTG

      • New allegations of sexual or inappropriate conduct surfaced against Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday. Kavanaugh denied the claims - https://nyti.ms/2Q72xX

      • A fourth woman anonymously claimed Kavanaugh physically assaulted a woman while he was inebriated in 1998 - https://nbcnews.to/2Qb3qOU 

      • President Trump defended Kavanaugh, calling the accusations "all false." However, Trump said he could be convinced otherwise after watching the testimony of Christine Ford on Thursday - https://nyti.ms/2Qeu49L 

      • A new poll finds a majority of Americans oppose Brett Kavanaugh's nomination if the allegations from Christine Ford's allegation is true - https://to.pbs.org/2Q9eSdV 

      • Senate staffers interviewed two men who say they were involved in "the encounter" detailed by Dr. Christine Ford, not Brett Kavanaugh - http://bit.ly/2Q9WSQw 

      • Dr. Christine Ford's legal team released the results of her polygraph test about her allegations against Kavanaugh - https://abcn.ws/2Qcizzn 

      • Sen. Jeff Merkley is seeking a federal court injunction to stop a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, claiming Republicans are obstructing his constitutional duty to advise and consent on nominees - https://politi.co/2QdrCAd 

    • President Trump is set to meet with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Thursday. Trump says he's open to keeping Rosenstein despite reports he offered to secretly record Trump - https://wapo.st/2Q7M1qi

    • President Trump held a wild 81-minute press conference on Wednesday during which he sparred with, and insulted, reporters - https://wapo.st/2QcQbNL

    • President Trump says he will not allow a partial federal government shutdown next week. Trump backed away from his demand that Congress provide billions of dollars to construct his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border - https://wapo.st/2Qcm3St

    • President Donald Trump says he backs a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - https://abcn.ws/2Q7NDjQ

    • American farmers say financial aid from the feds to lessen the impact of President Trump's trade war with China will not be enough to cover the economic damage they've suffered - https://on.wsj.com/2Q6xZ8g

    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to travel to North Korea to set up a second summit meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - https://cnn.it/2QetLfb

    • American bombers flew into areas in the South China Sea considered sensitive by the Chinese military this week - https://cnn.it/2Qdoog6


    • 1066 - William the Conqueror and his army set sail from the mouth of the Somme river, beginning the Norman conquest of England.

    • 1777 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania becomes the capital of the United States for one day after Congress evacuates Philadelphia.

    • 1908 - Production of the Model T begins at the Ford plant in Detroit.

    • 1935 - 13-year-old Judy Garland signed her first contract with MGM.

    • 1962 - Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring is published, inspiring an environmental movement and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

    • 1964 - The Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was released after a 10-month investigation, concluding that there was no conspiracy and that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, acted alone.

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    Policy News

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    More National Headlines

    Ex-boyfriend filed restraining order against third Kavanaugh accuser (Politico)

    Eight big problems for Christine Blasey Ford's story (New York Post)

    Yale University Under Federal Investigation for Use of Race in Admissions Practices (Wall Street Journal)

    'Sound the alarm': GOP challenger Rick Scott posts big lead over Senator Bill Nelson among Hispanics (Salon)

    Grizzly Hunt Is Scratched in Wyoming and Fur Flies Over Bear Population (Wall Street Journal)

    Democratic Rep. Ellison to ask House Ethics Committee to investigate abuse allegations (FOX News)

    More Young Veterans Committing Suicide, VA Data Show (Wall Street Journal)

    How Joe Biden's comments about the FBI and Anita Hill are now being used against Democrats (Washington Post)

    Sex Crimes Prosecutor Picked For Kavanaugh Hearing Brings Decades Of Experience (NPR)

    Trump on Rosenstein: 'My preference would be to keep him' (CNBC)

    President Trump is 'not happy' with Fed's decision to raise interest rates (CNBC)

    Wise Words


    "Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present." Jim Rohn


    Lighter Side


    "Trump tweeted that Americans who are unhappy with their jobs should start looking for new ones. And five minutes later he walked into the West Wing and everyone was gone." Jimmy Fallon


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