Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – July 6, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 188th day of the year. There are 178 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton avoids prosecution in email probe. Donald Trump name-checks Saddam Hussein. Utahns remain opposed to same-sex marriage.

The clock:

  • 12 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 19 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 125 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 201 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 246 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. The FBI decided they would not bring charges against Hillary Clinton or her aides in the use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State, although FBI Director James Comey said Clinton was “extremely careless” with her handling of classified material [Politico].
  2. Congressional Republicans say they may hold hearings, including grilling FBI Director James Comey, in the wake of no charges in the email investigation [Politico, The Hill]. Donald Trump accused Clinton of offering a “bribe” to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to avoid criminal prosecution [Washington Post].
  3. Utah Republicans lash out at the FBI for refusing to bring charges against Clinton in the email probe [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Donald Trump gives a shout out to Saddam Hussein, calling him “a bad guy” who was good at killing terrorists [Politico].
  5. Barack Obama gives a barnburner of a speech as he hits the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton for the first time in 2016 [Yahoo].
  6. Most Utahns remain opposed to same-sex marriage, but that opposition has softened in the year since the Supreme Court made same-sex unions legal [Utah Policy].
  7. The tight primary contest between Rep. Mel Brown and challenger Logan Wilde continues to remain close with Wilde ahead by just 16 votes in the latest tally [Deseret News].
  8. The Utah GOP, the Utah NAACP and Utah Coalition of La Raza all joined in the criticism of Salt Lake City schools, saying a recent administrative adjustment hurts low-income and minority students [Tribune]. 
  9. The number of single women served by The Road Home has jumped 151% in the last decade and the number of families served is up 257% in the same period [Deseret News].
  10. Utah County has added gender identity to its employee non-discrimination policy [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1854 – The Republican Party was formally established at a meeting in Michigan.
  • 1885 – French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur inoculated a human being for the first time – a boy, who had been bitten by a rabid dog. The youngster didn’t develop rabies.
  • 1942 – Anne Frank and her family took refuge in a secret section of an Amsterdam warehouse where they hid from the Nazis for two years.
  • 1957 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time as teenagers at a church in their native Liverpool, England, following a performance by Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen.
  • 1984 – President Ronald Reagan said it was a “probability” that many young people now paying into Social Security “will never be able to receive as much as they’re paying.”