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Situational awareness - September 28, 2018

Good Friday 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    • Christine Blasey Ford said she was 100% sure Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both in high school. The claim came during hours of emotional testimony in Washington on Thursday - https://nyti.ms/2OWYMnF

    • Brett Kavanaugh offered a fiery defense against claims by Dr. Ford, blaming Democrats for seeking revenge for Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 election - https://wapo.st/2ORh4qa

    • President Trump said Kavanaugh "knocked it out of the park" during the hearing. He did not comment on Dr. Ford's part of the hearing - https://wapo.st/2OWj2ph

    • The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday morning. The full Senate could start procedural votes on Kavanaugh on Saturday, setting up a final vote early next week - https://politi.co/2OTiws9

    • The American Bar Association called for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh - https://wapo.st/2OTS9lO

    • Fox News fired Kevin Jackson, a contributor who called Brett Kavanaugh's accusers "lying skanks" during a Twitter tirade on Thursday - http://bit.ly/2P0t1Ks

    • Someone with a House of Representatives internet address doxxed Senators Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee and Lindsey Graham on Thursday, posting their home addresses and personal phone numbers on Wikipedia - http://bit.ly/2OX0WUj

    • President Trump postponed his meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until next week - https://cnb.cx/2OW2jCB

    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the world is at "the dawn of a new day" in dealing with the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear arsenal - https://nyti.ms/2OXFCOb

    • Tesla CEO Elon Musk was accused by federal regulators of making false statements to mislead investors. The accusations could force him out of his company - https://nyti.ms/2OV9QBB

    • The White House is set to release a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement that does not include Canada - https://nyti.ms/2OXGG4D

    • The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to release dozens of transcripts from their now-closed investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election - https://politi.co/2OXJI9a

    • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg says she is "really turned on" by the #MeToo movement - https://abcn.ws/2OXNsaC


    • 1542 - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrives at what is now San Diego, California.

    • 1779 - Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.

    • 1787 - The Congress of the Confederation voted to send the newly-written United States Constitution to the state legislatures for approval.

    • 1892 - Mansfield University was the home team for the first night football game against Wyoming Seminary. The contest at Smythe Park in Mansfield, Pa., was called off at halftime because the electrical lighting was inadequate.

    • 1912 - Corporal Frank S. Scott of the Army becomes the first enlisted man to die in an airplane crash.

    • 1920 - A grand jury indicted eight Chicago White Sox players for throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

    • 1928  Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.

    • 1982 - The first reports appear of deaths in the Chicago area from Extra-strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. Seven people died and the unsolved case resulted in tamper-proof packaging for consumer products.

    • 2008 - Congressional negotiators and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson agreed on a $700 billion banking industry bailout plan.

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    Utah State Treasurer David Damschen today announced that the Permanent State School Fund will make the largest-ever distribution to Utah schools next year....
    Nuclear firm with Utah ties selects manufacturer
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    More National Headlines

    People will credit this Lindsey Graham speech if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed (Washington Examiner)

    Feinstein Defends Handling of Ford Letter: 'I Did Not Leak Her Story' (Mediaite)

    Trump postpones meeting with Rosenstein until next week (CNBC)

    Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans' addresses, phone numbers released on Wikipedia pages (Washington Times)

    Facebook executive shows support for Kavanaugh at hearing for Trump Supreme Court nominee (USA Today)

    House Republicans seek new Russia probe documents, reigniting battle with DOJ (NBC News)

    Democrat apologizes for fundraising off Kavanaugh allegations (CNN)

    NC Sen. Tillis: 'Group Attacking' Kavanaugh Already 'Bought URL' for Next Opposition Website (FOX News)

    Kavanaugh accuser's fear of flying comes under scrutiny at hearing (FOX News)

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she is 'really turned on' by #MeToo movement (ABC News)

    'Exactly Why I Nominated Him': Trump Gives Kavanaugh Positive Review After Hearing (NPR)

    Wise Words


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    Lighter Side


    "I heard that Meghan Markle is coming out with a cookbook. Since she's a royal, the cookbook just says: "Step 1: Sit and wait for food."" Jimmy Fallon


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