Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 36 days left in 2015.

Protesters hit the street in Chicago. Sanders has a chance of beating Clinton in Utah. Lawmakers will have to decide if Starbucks can serve liquor in some Utah stores.

The clock:

  • 61 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 68 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 76 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 107 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 118 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 150 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 217 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 349 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Chicago police released dash-cam video footage of an officer allegedly shooting 17-year-old Laquan MacDonald in 2014. Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets following the release. The officer has been charged with first-degree murder [NBC ChicagoWashington Post, The Hill].
  2. Tensions are rising after Russia’s foreign minister says Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane was a “planned provocation” [Washington Post, Reuters].
  3. Donald Trump‘s campaign says the media is hiding evidence of his claim that he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslim Americans cheering the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey [The Hill].
  4. Bernie Sanders could use support from Millennials and independent voters to beat Hillary Clinton in Utah [Utah Policy].
  5. The Utah Legislature will have to decide on Starbucks’ request to serve liquor in five stores [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  6. There are new barriers and other security measures at the Utah State Capitol [Deseret News].
  7. A new poll shows 51% of Utahns approve of Sen. Orrin Hatch‘s job performance while just 46% feel that way about Sen. Mike Lee [Tribune].
  8. Elder Russell M. Ballard returns from visiting refugee shelters in Europe [2 News].
  9. The Salt Lake County Council gives preliminary approval to Mayor Ben McAdams‘ 2016 budget proposal [Tribune].
  10. Six in ten Americans don’t want the U.S. to allow Muslim refugees from Syria into the country, but 56% say Christian refugees should be permitted [Roll Call].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 – More than 6,000 British troops evacuated New York City after signing the peace treaty ending the Revolutionary War.
  • 1963 – President John F. Kennedy, assassinated in Dallas three days earlier, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • 1973 – President Richard Nixon ordered the national highway speed limit cut from 70 mph to 55 mph to reduce gasoline usage.
  • 1986 – President Ronald Reagan announced the resignation of national security adviser John Poindexter and the firing of Marine Lt. Col. Oliver Nort in the aftermath of the secret, illegal Iran arms sale.
  • 1999 – Six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzales was rescued by a pair of fishermen off the coast of Florida.