Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – September 17, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

GOP presidential hopefuls debate for a second time. Utahns want Sen. Mike Lee to continue defying Republican leadership. Rep. Mia Love prepares for another close race in 2016.

The clock:

  • 47 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 123 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 130 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 131 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 175 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 285 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 418 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The second GOP Debate took place at the Ronald Reagan Library Wednesday night. While everyone has an opinion on how the participants did one thing is clear – three hours is too long for a debate [CNN].
  2. The other Republican candidates figured out how to keep Donald Trump from dominating the affair [The Hill].
  3. Here are the winners and losers from Wednesday night's debate [Washington Post].
  4. A new poll shows Utahns want Sen. Mike Lee to continue defying Republican leadership in the Senate [Utah Policy].
  5. Rep. Mia Love's bid for a second term in Washington could be another close race in 2016 [Roll Call].
  6. Utah's budget picture improves again [Deseret News].
  7. Utah lawmakers tour the rural part of the state [Deseret News, Associated Press].
  8. The number of Utahns who are without health insurance drops for the fourth straight year [Tribune].
  9. BYU says the number of returned missionaries on campus has jumped 17-percent [Daily Herald].
  10. The Fed meets Thursday to discuss a possible interest rate hike [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 – The U.S. Constitution, completed in Philadelphia, was signed by a majority of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
  • 1862 – Union forces led by Gen. George McClellan attacked Confederate troops led by Gen. Robert E. Lee near Antietam Creek in Maryland.
  • 1939 – Soviet troops invaded Poland, 16 days after Nazi Germany moved into the country.
  • 1978 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords.
  • 2001 – President George W. Bush said Osama bin Laden, the ringleader in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was "wanted dead or alive."