Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 341st day of the year. There are 25 days remaining in 2016.
LaVar Christensen keeps his seat by 5 votes following a recount. Joe Biden teases a possible 2020 presidential run. Congressional leaders are not very fond of Donald Trump’s plan to slap a tariff on companies that move overseas.
- 13 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
- 45 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
- 48 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
- 93 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
- 336 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
- 700 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
Ten talking points for Tuesday:
- Rep. LaVar Christensen picks up two votes in the recount of his race, bringing his margin of victory to a massive five votes [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Rep. Rob Bishop speaks with President-Elect Donald Trump‘s transition team about possibly undoing some national monument designations [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- Vice President Joe Biden hints he may run for president in 2020. That would be quite a stretch as Biden would turn 78 years old shortly after the 2020 election [Wall Street Journal].
- Donald Trump‘s deal with Carrier to save 1,000 jobs is getting high marks from Americans in a new poll [Politico].
- Congressional leaders are looking askance at Donald Trump‘s plan to slap a 35% tariff on companies that move jobs overseas, pushing for corporate tax overhaul to make it more attractive for corporations to stay in the U.S. [New York Times].
- A Texas presidential elector pens a blistering op-ed explaining that he will not cast his ballot for Donald Trump because he is “not qualified for the office” [New York Times]. Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig says he will provide legal support for electors who want to oppose Donald Trump [Politico]. Utah’s six electors say they’re getting pressure to dump Trump, but they won’t [Tribune].
- The Pentagon buried an internal study that highlighted $125 million in wasteful spending because leaders were fearful that Congress would slash their budget [Washington Post].
- New York City wants the federal government to pay for protecting President-Elect Donald Trump while he’s there. The first bill comes to $35 million [New York Times].
- The rivalry between Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney is bubbling up again with both men in the mix for Secretary of State [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Salt Lake City leaders lay out their plan to develop infrastructure in the area around the new prison near the airport [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1768 – Encyclopedia Britannica was first published.
- 1790 – Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia.
- 1865 – The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery in the United States.
- 1877 – The Washington Post published its first edition.
- 1975 – The U.S. Senate authorized a $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York City from bankruptcy.