Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – July 1, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 183rd day of the year. There are 183 days left in 2016.

Joe Biden says Bernie Sanders will endorse Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump may announce his running mate next week. Mike Lee plans to attend the GOP convention in Cleveland.

The clock:

  • 17 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 23 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 130 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 206 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 251 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is set to announce that she is prepared to accept whatever recommendations prosecutors make about whether or not to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton‘s private email server [New York Times]. Meanwhile, news broke that Lynch met with Bill Clinton privately while their airplanes sat on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport [Politico].
  2. Vice President Joe Biden says Bernie Sanders is set to endorse Hillary Clinton. Sanders says he’s not quite at that point yet [NPR].
  3. Donald Trump may announce his pick for running mate sometime next week. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are reportedly at the top of his list [Washington Post].
  4. An analysis of campaign advertising finds Hillary Clinton is spending roughly $500,000 per day on television ads in battleground states while Donald Trump is spending nothing [Bloomberg].
  5. The U.S. House will vote on a proposal to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns next week. The vote follows a high-profile sit-in on the House floor by Congressional Democrats [Huffington Post].
  6. The Pentagon lifts the ban on transgender people serving in the military [Associated Press].
  7. Sen. Mike Lee says he will attend the national convention in Cleveland later this month despite his discomfort with Donald Trump as the party’s nominee [Tribune].
  8. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announces the county will join a nationwide coalition to use data to help reduce incarceration rates [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Former Attorney General John Swallow alleges prosecutors in the public corruption case against him may have lied when obtaining search warrants for his computers [Tribune].
  10. A study from the Sutherland Institue finds states do a much better job managing public lands when it comes to recreation than the federal government [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1847 – The first U.S. postage stamps were issued.
  • 1863 – The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg began.
  • 1898 – Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders led a charge up Cuba’s heavily fortified San Juan Hill in a key Spanish-American War battle.
  • 1966 – The Medicare federal insurance program went into effect.
  • 1979 – Sony introduced the Walkman, known as the Soundabout, in U.S. stores. It sold for about $200.