Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, November 6, 2016

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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. 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].
  2. Rep. Rob Bishop speaks with President-Elect Donald Trump‘s transition team about possibly undoing some national monument designations [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. 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].
  4. Donald Trump‘s deal with Carrier to save 1,000 jobs is getting high marks from Americans in a new poll [Politico].
  5. 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].
  6. 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].
  7. 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].
  8. 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].
  9. 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].
  10. 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.