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Situational awareness - September 6, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Romney has a big lead over Wilson in Utah's U.S. Senate contest. Anonymous Trump administration official writes he's part of a group working to "thwart" parts of Trump's agenda. Trump again threatens to shut down the government over border wall funding.


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Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah's hidden workforce is our current workforce

Jay Evensen: A century since the flu killed millions, we're no better prepared

Hatch questions Kavanaugh about loyalty to Trump in Supreme Court confirmation hearing

New poll suggests a slip in Utahns' support for medical marijuana, but with 64 percent still in favor

Third-party candidate qualifies to participate in 1st Congressional District debate

Gov. Gary Herbert promotes balance in managing Utah's public lands

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: What is the half-life of a Utah environmental report on depleted uranium?

Utah's recreation riches lure companies and cash, but Gov. Herbert says striking a balance between growth and quality of life is a challenge

United Utah Party candidate qualifies for official Utah election debate; poll indicates wider gap in Love-McAdams race

Radio station pulls anti-medical marijuana ad after complaints

Hatch helps Supreme Court nominee cast himself as loyal to the Constitution, not the president

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  • The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed from an official inside the Trump administration who says he and "like-minded colleagues" are working to thwart parts of President Trump's agenda and his "more misguided impulses." The author says there have been discussions among cabinet members about possibly invoking the 25th Amendment process for removing President Trump from office because of his erratic behavior - https://nyti.ms/2Cpw78N

  • President Trump lashed out following the publication of the Times' anonymous op-ed, suggesting the author was guilty of treason. Trump was already reeling from revelations contained in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book, and the publication of the Times' piece only added fuel to the fire - https://nyti.ms/2M1Zmy6

  • Armchair detectives in Washington are attempting to figure out who authored the anonymous piece slamming Trump's presidency - https://cnn.it/2M4nEYa

  • Day #2 of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings saw the nominee duck questions about whether President Trump could use the power of his office to thwart the investigations swirling around his administration - https://nyti.ms/2M3kVhF

  • FiveThirtyEight says Democrats now have a 77% chance of winning control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms - https://53eig.ht/2ClRXdn

  • President Trump again renewed his threat to shut down the government unless Congress includes funding for his border wall - https://abcn.ws/2M5gH9j

  • The Trump administration rejected a report from the National Counterterrorism Center that concluded refugees did not pose a significant threat to the U.S. - https://nbcnews.to/2M6fGh8

  • In a bizarre interview, President Trump has 100 pictures of special counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey "hugging and kissing each other" - https://nym.ag/2CnJO86

  • Alex Jones and Sen. Marco Rubio clashed outside of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday - http://bit.ly/2M275Mt

  • Vermont's only elected black lawmaker says she dropped her re-election bid because of racist threats - http://bit.ly/2CotAvp

  • Boring but important: The U.S. trade deficit jumped 9% in July as the U.S. sold fewer items like soybeans and commercial aircraft to other countries - http://bit.ly/2Cy6ov8

  • The newest trailer for the upcoming final season of House of Cards shows Frank Underwood is dead and buried - http://bit.ly/2CAYwcj

  • Former Alabama Supreme Court justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing Sasha Baron Cohen and Showtime for $95 million, claiming his appearance on Cohen's TV show Who Is America has led to "extreme emotional distress" - https://wapo.st/2M5VDzw


  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus sails from the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.

  • 1522 - One of Ferdinand Magellan's five ships - the Vittoria - arrived at Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain, completing the first circumnavigation of the world.

  • 1620 - The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower to settle in North America.

  • 1628 - Puritans settle Salem which became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

  • 1870 - Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote by any woman in a general election.

  • 1901 - Leon Czolgosz, an unemployed anarchist, shoots and fatally wounds President William McKinley in Buffalo, New York.

  • 1916 - The first self-service grocery store Piggly Wiggly was opened in Memphis, Tennessee by Clarence Saunders.

  • 1972 - Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day.

  • 1995 - The U.S. Senate Ethics Committee unanimously recommended that Sen. Bob Packwood be expelled from the Senate on charges of sexual misconduct and influence-peddling. He resigned two days later.

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Policy News

images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSalt Lake Chamber hosts 131st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Utah's business leaders gathered on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Little America Hotel for the Salt Lake Chamber's 131st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon....

More National Headlines

The Mueller probe's troubling reliance on journalists as sources (The Hill)

Sanders ratchets up Amazon attacks with 'Stop BEZOS Act' (FOX Business)

Obama to Join Midterm Battle, Starting in California and Ohio (New York Times)

Red states press court to scrap Obamacare (Politico)

Jon Kyl sworn in as senator replacing McCain (Reuters)

Unfriending Facebook: More than a quarter of users have done it (CBS News)

Trump on possible shutdown: 'If it happens, it happens' (Associated Press)

Mistrial declared in retrial of ex-Blackwater security guard accused of massacring Iraqi civilians (FOX News)

Twitter shares fall 6% as CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before Senate (CNBC)

Ayanna Pressley's win shows just being liberal isn't enough in today's Democratic Party (CNN)

Kavanaugh is criticized for following the Heller precedent too well (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words

Getting Ahead

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain


Lighter Side

Junior Mint

"According to a new article, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle, have cute new nicknames for each other. He refers to her as Pooh Bear and she refers to him as Junior Mint. I guess Junior Mint will do until he gets his soon-to-come nickname, Federal Inmate #7544." James Corden


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