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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:
- Huntsman makes it official.
- Impeachment day two on tap.
- Pelosi accused Trump of bribery.
Today's headscratcher is courtesy of Zachary Zundel:
Which early mayor of Salt Lake City knew, and was reportedly friends with, future President Abraham Lincoln?
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Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 73 (1/27/2020)
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Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 228 (6/23/2020)
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- A. Scott Anderson: Maintaining Utah’s good times requires dealing with growth challenges
- Jay Evensen: Why being civically engaged might be too much to ask for some
- Editorial: Public impeachment hearings are designed to sway public opinion. They may sway something else, instead
- Former ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. says public service behind his decision to run for governor
- Family leave bill aims to end limits on married couples in same workplace
- Growth top issue in governor’s race, Huntsman says
- Sen. Mike Lee to police doing facial recognition surveillance: Get a warrant
- A MAGA hat. A Trump sweatshirt. Pop-up Trump stores are not just business opportunities, they’re signs that Democrats have something to worry about
Salt Lake Tribune
- Op-ed: A more compassionate approach to homelessness
- Op-ed: Utah law increases rate of babies born with opioid withdrawal
- The board that oversees Utah charters says it needs more power to intervene before a school fails
- Retired Utah environmental leader Dianne Nielson dies; she ‘left the earth a better place,’ says ex-Gov. Mike Leavitt
- Mexico killings renew calls to legalize polygamy in Utah and elsewhere
- Jon Huntsman’s entry into Utah governor’s race sets up a ‘showdown for the ages,’ says political scientist
- Eric Trump says Sen. Mitt Romney is ‘principled,’ and is no Nancy Pelosi
- Flexible coworking office spaces are now a major presence in Salt Lake City, but could the boom go bust? (Salt Lake Tribune)
- BambooHR keeps workers happy and fulfilled even as the Utah software firm mushrooms in size (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Converting this old silver foundry in Salt Lake City into trendy office space ‘is just the beginning,’ developers say (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Day One of the Trump impeachment hearing was a lost day for Democrats (Los Angeles Times)
- Trump vs. the ‘Policy Community’ (National Review)
- The president, not diplomats, sets 'official foreign policy' (The Hill)
- Ocasio-Cortez: Impeachment Could Prevent a ‘Disastrous Outcome’ in 2020 (Free Beacon)
- U.S. manufacturing group hacked by China as trade talks intensified (Reuters)
- NPR downplays actual human sacrifice (Washington Examiner)
- ABC News still hasn't explained why it protected Jeffrey Epstein or why it retaliated against the alleged whistleblower (Washington Examiner)
- Warren’s ‘Billionaire Tears’ Mug Is Sold Through A Billionaire-Run Company (Daily Caller)
- I'm the Google whistleblower. The medical data of millions of Americans is at risk (Guardian)
- Democrat, GOP Impeachment Counsels Are Polar Opposites Sharing the Spotlight (Epoch Times)
- Powell Sees Few Risks Likely to Derail Record U.S. Expansion (Bloomberg)
'We don’t have freedom of the press!’ I’m not sure what to make of that last sentence. Is that a complaint or is that a new executive order? [imitating Trump] ‘We don’t have freedom of the press. Write that down. While we’re at it, we’re also getting rid of that one where we can’t covet other...
Impeachment day two
Marie Yovanovich, the former ambassador to Ukraine, will testify Friday morning about the campaign led by Rudy Giuliani that led to her ouster from her job [New York Times].
Top Democrats are privately conceding the televised impeachment hearings are not likely to shift public opinion much [CNN].
Quid pro phone
A second U.S. staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Trump and ambassador Gordon Sonland discussing the push to get Ukrainian officials to pursue "investigations" against Joe Biden and his son, Hunter [AP].
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of committing bribery when he withheld military assistance to Ukraine in order to force that country to launch an investigation into his political rivals [New York Times].
A longtime employee at the White House Office of Management and Budget is expected to defy President Trump and testify behind closed doors in the House impeachment inquiry [Politico].
President Trump asked the Supreme Court to shield his taxes from Congress and New York prosecutors, setting up a pivotal separation-of-powers showdown at the high court [Washington Post].
Potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg is launching a $100 million advertising blitz to attack President Trump in several battleground states [New York Times].