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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:
- National Democrats think Rep. Chris Stewart could be vulnerable in 2020.
- Rep. Greg Hughes raises big bucks ahead of the launch of his expected gubernatorial bid.
- Pence coming to Utah this week.
- The White House moves to blunt the impact of an economic slowdown.
Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 77 (11/5/2019)
Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 160 (1/27/2020)
Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 196 (3/3/2020)
Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 308 (6/23/2020)
Days to the 2020 election: 441 (11/3/2020)
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Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office and community partners hold town hall to address the opioid epidemic and educate the public
- Boyd Matheson: Why Mike Pence should see the economic crossroad to the world from a peak in Utah
- Is Utah falling short of its potential by spending least per pupil nationally?
- White House confirms details of Vice President Pence’s trip to Utah
- Ex-Utah council candidate claims employee and fast clock wrongly tossed him from race
- Former NFL player blames ‘black elitists’ for holding back African Americans
- Audit asks if revenue will be sufficient to cover the $1.43 billion Lake Powell Pipeline
- Leaders, treatment providers reflect on success stories from 2 years of Operation Rio Grande
- Trump expected to nominate replacement for Jon Huntsman Jr. in Russia
- Utah courts protecting children during divorce proceedings, but could speed up process, audit finds
- Inland port opponents confront Salt Lake City Council over proposed $28 million tax commitment for warehouse development
Salt Lake Tribune
- $20 million over budget? Audit says that happens regularly with new buildings at Utah’s colleges.
- Feds make it easier for Native Americans to collect eagle feathers, but Utes fear change could go too far
- Lake Powell pipeline costs can be covered, audit says, but critic wonders if this pricey ‘boondoggle’ is needed
- Utah private prison company has bowed out of planned Evanston immigration detention center
- Lawmakers criticize Utah’s planned next-generation surveillance program as ‘North Korea-esque’ and ‘Big Brother’
- First 100 women have relocated from The Road Home to homeless resource center
- Residents speak against Salt Lake City proposal to offer tax reimbursements to developer in inland port area
- The New York Times surrenders to the left on race (The Week)
- Dean Baquet Kills the New York Times (Spectator)
- Harry Reid rips Dems over 'Medicare-for-all,' border policies: 'Of course' it will hurt us in 2020 (FOX News)
- Democrats back off once-fervent embrace of Medicare-for-all (Washington Post)
- CNN Pundit’s Bodyguard Charged with Assault after Removing Reporter Covering Her Speech (National Review)
- 'It Was One Problem After Another': How Woodstock 50 Fell Apart (Rolling Stone)
- Amid Homelessness Crisis, Los Angeles Restricts Living In Vehicles (NPR)
- He was paid to keep kids out of gangs. Now, he's charged in grisly MS-13 killings (Los Angeles Times)
- Joe Biden's brain surgeon is defending Joe Biden's brain (The Week)
- San Francisco homeless stats soar: city blames big business, residents blame officials (FOX News)
- Big Tech probe by state AGs could come as soon as next month, WSJ says (CNBC)
“Of course, we all know by now that when Trump reads something from a teleprompter, he doesn’t actually mean it. More often than not, it’s the first time he’s even seeing it." Seth Meyers
The White House makes moves to soften the effects of a recession. Trump administration officials are eyeing a payroll tax cut to counter an economic downturn [WaPo].
- J.P. Morgan estimates Trump's tariffs will cost the average American household $1,000 per year [CNBC].
- Trump tweeted Monday that the Federal Reserve should cut interest rates by "at least 100 basis points" in order to boost the economy [Axios].
- The Federal Reserve is making a series of changes to regulatory requirements put in place to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis [NYT].
- RV shipments are slipping, which could be another sign of a looming recession [WSJ].
Trump retreats on gun restrictions. After initially sounding open to expanding background checks following mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, President Donald Trump appears to have softened that stance significantly [WaPo].
Impeachment. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, the No. 4 House Democrat, announced support for an impeachment investigation against President Trump [Politico].
- Lujan is the 124th House Democrat to come out in favor of launching an impeachment inquiry [Axios].
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. President Trump claimed, without any proof, that Google "manipulated" millions of votes leading to his loss in the popular vote in 2016 [TechCrunch].
Planned Parenthood. The organization is withdrawing from a federal family planning program that provides birth control and other health services to poor women rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule barring referrals to doctors who perform abortions [NYT].
2020. Democrats are spending big on down-ballot races to boost their chances of retaking control of several statehouses [AP].
Uh Oh. Facebook and Twitter say China is spreading disinformation online targeting protesters in Hong Kong [NYT].
China. A new study says the U.S. military is no longer the primary force in Asia, and China could overwhelm American forces within hours if a conflict were to break out [CNN].