Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – September 11, 2014

Obama lays out his plan to fight ISIL. U.S. Supreme Court will discuss Utah's same-sex marriage case later this month. Mark Shurtleff asks the FBI and Utah law enforcement for all the information they have on him.


  • 54 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 137 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 418 days to the 2015 election
  • 494 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 789 days until the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The nation's capitol is on high alert ahead of the 9/11 anniversary [The Hill].
  2. President Obama lays out his plan to combat ISIL in Syria and Iraq [Wall Street Journal].
  3. The U.S. Supreme Court will discuss Utah's same-sex marriage case, along with those of 4 other states, on September 29 before deciding which ones, if any, to take [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff asks the FBI and the Utah Department of Public Safety to hand over all the information they have on him [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The Utah GOP is considering filing a Hatch Act complaing against Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder for using an armored SWAT vehicle at a political fundraiser last year [Tribune].
  6. The Grand America Hotel is fined $2 million for hiring undocumented workers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Comic Con helps the Utah Transit Authority to shatter a three-day ridership record [Tribune].
  8. Real Salt Lake's owner makes his pitch for a minor league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. No, your GMail password was not hacked by Russian criminals [ComputerWorld].
  10. BYU will sport patriotic helmets for Thursday night's game against Houston in honor of the 9/11 victims [Provo Buzz].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first secretary of the treasury.
  • 1971 – Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.
  • 1998 – Congress released Kenneth Starr's report, which offered graphic details of President Bill Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct and leveled accusations of perjury and obstruction of justice.
  • 2001 – al Qaida terrorists hijacked four passenger jets in the U.S. They flew two into the World Trade Center in New York, another into the Pentago and the fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attack.