Morning must reads for Thursday, March 23, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 80th day of the year. There are 283 days remaining in 2017.  

The clock:

  • 6 days until the last day Governor Gary Herbert can sign or veto bills (3/29/2017)
  • 58 days until the Utah Republican State Convention (5/20/2017)
  • 86 days until the Utah Democratic State Convention at Weber State University (6/17/2017)
  • 229 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 305 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
  • 350 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
  • 593 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1,321 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Today’s featured stories

  • Terrorist attack in London leaves four dead, dozens injured (New York Times, Washington Post).
  • High drama as House conservatives and Pres. Trump negotiate deal to repeal and replace Obamacare in advance of vote Thursday evening (The Hill).
  • Trump communications may have been picked up during transition (Washington Post, The Hill).
  • West Valley and South Salt Lake residents continue fight against homeless facilities (Deseret News).
  • Webb analyzes 2018 Senate race. Will Hatch run again? (Utah Policy)
  • Bob Bernick reviews UtahDataPoints’ analysis of legislative bipartisanship (Utah Policy).
  • Utah’s San Juan County is nation’s fastest-growing county. Wasatch and Juab are in top 10 (Deseret News).
  • After 20 hours of grilling, Neil Gorsuch still on track to become Supreme Court justice (New York Times).
  • It will take a fight to save Bears Ears National Monument (Washington Post).

On this day in history:

  • 1743 – George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” premieres in London.
  • 1775 – Patrick Henry proclaims “Give me liberty or give me death” in speech encouraging Virginia troops to join the Revolutionary War.
  • 1839 – First recorded use of “OK” (oll correct), published in Boston’s Morning Post.
  • 1933 – German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers.
  • 1945 – Largest operation in WWII Pacific War, 1,500 U.S. Navy ships bomb Japanese island Okinawa.
  • 1972 – Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after jumping over 35 cars on motorcycle.
  • 1989 – Two Utah scientists claim to have produced fusion at room temperature, but feat can’t be replicated.