Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – November 25, 2014

No indictment in Ferguson shooting. Utah GOP set to sue to stop Count My Vote compromise. Hagel steps down.

Countdown:

  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 62
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 107
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 259
  • Days to the 2015 election – 343
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 419
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 714

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri does not indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager [New York Daily News].
  2. Demonstrators in Utah protest the Ferguson grand jury decision [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel steps down [New York Times]. Here's a short list of candidates to replace him [The Atlantic].
  4. The Utah GOP is set file suit to kill the compromise between Count My Vote and the legislature [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. One of the reasons Democrat Doug Owens lost to Republican Mia Love? He did not win Salt Lake County by as large of a margin as he needed to [Utah Policy].
  6. Charles Stormont's vote totals from election day were some of the worst by a Democrat in recent memory [Utah Policy].
  7. Salt Lake City plans a "complete overhaul" of the city's high-tech parking meters [Tribune].
  8. A judge dismisses a racketeering charge against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [Tribune].
  9. Sandy City officials unveil their plans for a new high-density development [Tribune].
  10. The Mexican consul to Utah is praising President Obama's executive actions on immigration [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 – The British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States, during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1947 – Movie studio executives agreed to blacklist the Hollywood 10, who were jailed a day earlier for contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
  • 1986 – The Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.
  • 1999 – Six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of fishermen off the coast of Florida.
  • 2002 – President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security.