Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – September 3, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Trump is likely to rule out a third-party bid. How many more voters can we expect to see in November's Salt Lake City Mayoral election? The University of Utah launches a new public-policy institute.

The clock:

  • 61 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 137 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 144 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 145 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 189 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 299 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 432 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Republican front-runner Donald Trump is likely to pledge not to run as a third-party candidate [The Hill].
  2. Vice President Joe Biden is sparking more speculation he will run for president in 2016 with a rousing "campaign style" in Miami [Politico, New York Times].
  3. Stephen Colbert launches a campaign mocking Jeb Bush's effort to fundraise off his first show as the new host of The Late Show [Time].
  4. Here's a poem composed completely from emails sent by Hillary Clinton [Newsweek].
  5. How many more voters can we expect to show up in November's Salt Lake City Mayoral election? [Utah Policy].
  6. The University of Utah officially launches a public policy institute funded by and named after, developer Kem Gardner [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune]. 
  7. President Barack Obama wins a major foreign policy victory as he now has enough votes to sustain a veto if Congress votes to kill the nuclear agreement he negotiated with Iran [Los Angeles Times].
  8. Sarah Palin is set to headline a fundraiser for a Utah anti-abortion group next month [Associated Press].
  9. Where do Utahns get their political news? Hint: not newspapers or social media [Utah Policy].
  10. There's more talk that the Salt Lake Tribune may be sold soon [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1777 – The U.S. flag was flown in battle for the first time during a Revolutionary War conflict at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware.
  • 1783 – The Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the American Revolutionary War and recognizing U.S. independence from Britain.
  • 1929 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 381.17, its pre-crash high.
  • 1939 – Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.
  • 1976 – The unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet.