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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.

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Which early mayor of Salt Lake City knew, and was reportedly friends with, future President Abraham Lincoln?

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Today at Utah Policy

Jon Huntsman will announce his entry into the 2020 Utah governor's race on Thursday

by Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
Former Utah GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman is set to formally announce Thursday he’s running for…

Stewart on impeachment hearings: 'There are no surprises coming'

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Chris Stewart said Wednesday that the first public impeachment hearings in the House…

Video: Stewart accuses Democrats of lying and exaggerating during impeachment hearing

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Chris Stewart continued his full-throated defense of President Donald Trump during…

Karen Pence to visit Utah on Friday

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Karen Pence, the wife of Vice-President Mike Pence, will visit Utah on Friday to file…

Lee: Impeachment will 'blow up' in Pelosi's face

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mike Lee said Tuesday if Democrats had any evidence that President Donald Trump did…

Poll: The mood of Salt Lake City voters toward their city is mostly positive

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Salt Lake City residents love their city, a new survey finds.

Policy News


Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Can rehabilitate its reputation…

Save the date & sponsorship opportunity: Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani

by World Trade Center Utah
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Tanner Humanities Center, invites you to…

Utah company settles FTC allegations it failed to safeguard consumer data

by Press release
A Utah-based technology company has agreed to implement a comprehensive data security…

Department of Commerce announces new Director to Office of Property Rights Ombudsman

by Press release
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced…

Wasatch Consumer Price Index holds steady as economic indicators point to a strong holiday season

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) remained essentially unchanged…

Nominees announced for 7th District Court vacancy

by Press release
The 7th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on…

Lighter Side

Rage Tweet
'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...

Wise Words


"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." Alexander Graham Bell

National Briefing

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].

Breaking ranks

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].

Trump's taxes

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].