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124 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

202 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)

207 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)


Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • Spencer Cox maintains his lead over Jon Huntsman, but there are more than 111,000 votes left to be counted.
  • President Trump called reports that Russia was offering bounties for the killing of U.S. soldiers a "hoax."
  • The U.S. reported more than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday.

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Today at Utah Policy

Stewart says he's 'certain' Trump was not briefed about Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Chris Stewart continued his defense of President Donald Trump, saying he is certain…

Cox leads Huntsman after first round of ballots. Owens grabs 4th District nod over Coleman. Republicans dump Hillyard

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox forged a 2.77 percent lead over Jon Huntsman after the first wave of…

Utahns are more worried about the impact of Covid-19 on the economy than public health

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
While Utahns still worry more about how the coronavirus affects the economy rather than…

How to watch Tuesday night's election results like a pro

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
We may not know who wins the hotly contested GOP race for governor until mid-July. But,…

Stewart backs White House claim that Trump did not know about Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Chris Stewart defended the White House's claim that President Trump was not briefed…

Herbert urged Pence to encourage mask wearing to control the spread of coronavirus

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert reportedly asked Vice President Mike Pence to do more to encourage the…

Policy News

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 7-3-20

by TraciO
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Executives react to COVID-19 recession with drop in confidence and firm expectations

by Salt Lake Chamber
Utah business executives statewide report a significant decline in confidence along with…
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Utah Industry Resource Alliance (UIRA) provides support & resources for Utah manufacturers

by News Release
The Utah Industry Resource Alliance (UIRA) has announced its official launch. UIRA…

Equality and inclusion in opportunity: The Black experience in the corporate world

by Salt Lake Chamber
Join us to learn about the experiences of Black professionals in Utah's business…
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Wasatch Front Regional Council announces public comment period and open houses for draft 2021-2026 Transportation improvement program

by News Release
The Wasatch Front Regional Council, in conjunction with the Utah Department of…

Save the date: Virtual trade mission to Israel

by World Trade Center Utah
The United States is Israel's single largest trading partner. Through World Trade Center…

Lighter Side

Own Tell-All
“Not only is Biden ahead the polls, he also raised more money than Trump last month. Yeah, Trump’s so desperate for money, he’s going to start writing a tell-all book about himself.” — JIMMY FALLON

Wise Words

Still True?

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." John F. Kennedy

National Briefing

Russian bounty-gate

Russia was reportedly paying bounties to Taliban fighters of up to $100,000 per dead American soldier [NYT].

President Donald Trump called the reports of Russia paying bounties for the killing of American troops a "hoax" [NPR].

President Trump's resistance to intelligence reports about Russia led his national security team to brief him less often about Russia-related threats [CNN].

The White House is not planning any immediate response to the intelligence reports on Russian bounties targeting U.S. troops [WaPo].


Coronavirus

The U.S. reported 50,000 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, another single-day record [NYT].

President Trump said Wednesday that he would have "no problem" wearing a face mask in public, but he reiterated his belief that the virus would "disappear" at some point [CNN].

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. jumped by nearly 50 percent in June, led by states that reopened their economies first [WaPo].

The number of coronavirus cases are decreasing in only two states [Axios].

Hospitals are bracing for another surge of Covid-19 cases [CNN].

A new study says the death toll from the coronavirus in the U.S. may be undercounted by as much as 75 percent [CNBC].


Economy

U.S. manufacturing rebounded in June [AP].


Military bases

President Trump threatened to veto the annual defense policy bill if it contained a provision requiring the renaming of U.S. military installations honoring Confederate figures [Politico].


What?

The Senate stripped language from an intelligence bill requiring presidential campaigns to report offers of foreign help [CNN].