Morning Must Reads for Friday, September 9, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 253rd day of the year. There are 113 days left in 2016.

No third-party candidates in Utah debates this year. Officials are investigating more cyber attacks on U.S. election systems. Trump continues to claim he opposed the Iraq war.

The clock:

  • 60 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 136 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 181 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. It’s looking more and more like Donald Trump‘s unpopularity in Utah will not hurt Republican candidates this year [Utah Policy].
  2. No third-party candidates in Utah will make the stage for the debates this fall. Additionally, the poll used to determine who will participate in the contests shows Mia Love with a huge lead over Democrat Doug Owens [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Uh oh! U.S. officials are investigating more cyber attacks on state election systems [CBS News]. 
  4. This is exactly as weird as it sounds. Donald Trump did an interview with Larry King on a Russian government sponsored news network [The Hill].
  5. Donald Trump continues to hang on to the claim that he opposed the Iraq war, but it’s clear he only started questioning the war after the invasion [CNN].
  6. Donald Trump unveils a $20 million plan to expand school choice options for low-income children [Politico].
  7. GOP lawmakers say they will continue their investigations of Hillary Clinton even if she wins the November election [Politico].
  8. Josh Romney says he’s worried Donald Trump could do “permanent damage” to the Republican party [Deseret News].
  9. Former Utah Transit Authority planner Michael Clara loses his bid to get some documents that he says will show he was fired for warning the group was violating federal safety standards [Tribune].
  10. North Korea conducted the fifth and largest nuclear test in that country’s history. North Korean officials also say they have developed the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile [Reuters].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – The second Continental Congress officially changed the new American’s nation from “United Colonies” to “United States.”
  • 1956 – Elvis Presley appeared on national television for the first time – on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
  • 1957 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.
  • 1971 – More than 1,000 convicts took over the state prison at Attica, N.Y. and held hostages.