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Today at Utah Policy

Employment in Utah grew by 2.8 percent over the last year. Unemployment remains below national average

by Press release
Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for February 2019 grew by an estimated 2.8 percent,…

2019 Utah Political Bracket Face-Off results - Day 4

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The final first-round matchups from our 2019 Political Bracket Face-Off are done. Results…

Former Rep. Derek Brown running for Utah GOP Chair

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former State Rep. Derek Brown says he is joining the race to be the next chairman of the…

2019 Political Bracket Face-Off Day Four

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The final eight matchups for the first round of our "Bracket Face-Off" are live. Pick…

Bob Bernick's notebook: The coming fight for the soul of the Utah GOP

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Over the next six weeks, the fate of the Utah State Republican Party will be decided for…

2019 Utah Political Bracket Face-Off results - Day 3

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Day two of our 2019 Political Bracket Face-Off is done. It was a very good day for local…

Policy News

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The Colorado River is a reliable source of water for Utah, says the Utah Division of Water Resources

by Business Wire
Falling storage levels at both lakes Powell and Mead have highlighted the potential…
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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Weekend Event Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Lake Powell’s mercury contamination…

There is still time to apply for the Governor-led trade mission to Europe

by World Trade Center Utah
On behalf of Governor Gary R. Herbert, World Trade Center Utah and the Governor's Office…
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County and community partners launch ‘On the River’s Edge’ ideas competition

by Press release
Salt Lake County and the Jordan River Foundation are coming together to encourage big…
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Salt Lake City hosting public safety job fair

by Press release
On Saturday, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Salt Lake City Corporation will…

Join WTC Utah on March 25 for a Diplomatic Luncheon with Montreal

by World Trade Center Utah
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with Montréal International and the Governor's…

Lighter Side

Social Media Crash
“If you’re watching this, it means you survived . . . Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp crash. Or as the millennials called it, the end of the world.” — TREVOR NOAH

Wise Words

Improvement

"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best." St. Jerome

National Briefing

Muller report coming soon? Washington is gripped by speculation that special counsel Robert Mueller could be delivering his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election as soon as today - http://bit.ly/2FuXb65

  • Don't expect a harsh condemnation of President Donald Trump in the report if they have not been charged with crimes - https://abcn.ws/2FteB32
  • Here's how Mueller's team kept details about the investigation from leaking to the media - https://reut.rs/2FtX62z

A shift in Israel policy. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday "it is time" for the US to "fully recognize Israel's sovereignty" over the disputed Golan Heights. The tweet upends longstanding US policy on the territory - https://nyti.ms/2FvP5dz

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview it is "certainly" possible President Trump was sent by God to defend Israel, comparing Trump to Queen Esther - http://bit.ly/2FteKDC

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump use private accounts to conduct White House business. The two White House advisers use private email accounts and the WhatsApp messenger for official business - https://nyti.ms/2Fs7ZBN


Fox News viewers have a vastly different view of President Trump. A survey by a Democratic polling firm found Republicans who watch Fox News have radically different beliefs from Republicans who don't watch the channel. For example, 78% of Fox News viewers say President Trump is the most successful president in history, while only 49% of Republicans who don't watch Fox News agree - http://bit.ly/2Fty6IP


Republicans say Trump will likely lose the popular vote in 2020, but he still has an Electoral College advantage. Get ready for a possible repeat of 2016, where Trump loses the overall vote, but still returns to the White House because of an Electoral College win - https://washex.am/2FsMdxY


Mail bomber pleads guilty. Cesar Sayoc, the man who mailed bombs to several Democratic politicians and media organizations that were critical of President Trump plead guilty in Federal Court on Thursday - https://wapo.st/2FsK05E


Troops on the border is an "unacceptable risk." The Marine Corps commandant warns deploying troops to the U.S.-Mexico border would harm combat readiness - https://lat.ms/2Ft5TBH


Mississippi abortion law.Mississippi's governor has signed a new abortion restriction that bans abortion before some women would know they're pregnant - https://wapo.st/2FuT5uJ


Trump has shifted campaign money to his businesses. Forbes reports President Trump has charged his own re-election campaign $1.3 million for rent, food, lodging and other expenses since taking office - http://bit.ly/2FvRxRj


Guns are killing school-age children at "epidemic" rates. Guns killed more U.S. school children in 2017 than police officers and active-duty military members - http://bit.ly/2FuAKhm


Brexit delay. The European Union has agreed to a two-week delay to the Brexit process for Britain in a bid to avoid a chaotic withdrawal - https://cnn.it/2FthRv9


Unprecedented flooding this spring. Experts say 25 states are at an elevated risk of flooding until May - https://nyti.ms/2FvQLnn


Boring but important. Mortgage rates are dropping quickly amid fears of a global economic slowdown - https://wapo.st/2FsLr42


Instagram is the new home of hatred on the internet. The photo-sharing social network is teeming with conspiracy theories, violent extremist memes and misinformation - http://bit.ly/2FsVmqd


Change your Facebook password. The social media giant says it mishandled passwords for hundreds of millions of users, storing those passwords in plain text in an internal database that could be accessed by staffers - https://cnn.it/2FthNeT