Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 23 days left in 2015.

Trump calls for a total ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Utah’s revenues jump by $560 million. Sen. Mike Lee discusses the proper response to last week’s terrorist attack in California.

The clock:

  • 48 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 55 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 63 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 94 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 105 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 137 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 204 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 336 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

 Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump calls for a “total” ban on Muslims entering the United States. The ban would include American Muslim citizens who may be traveling or living abroad [DonaldTrump.com, Washington Post, New York Times, Vox]. Experts say Trump’s plan is patently unconstitutional [Washington Post].
  2. A Fox News commentator gets suspended for calling President Barack Obama a vulgar name during a live broadcast [Washington Post].
  3. Utah lawmakers will have an extra $560 million to spend next year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee discusses the proper response to last week’s terrorist attacks in San Bernadino and the effort to repeal Obamacare [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah lawmakers will not get a pay raise next year, but the legislative budget is set to rise more than $300,000 next year [Utah Policy].
  6. A legislative group says the best course of action for the Utah State Fairpark is to leave it where it is and give it a facelift [Deseret News].
  7. The fight over medical marijuana is set to return to Utah’s Capitol Hill [2 News].
  8. Utah’s high school graduation rate rises to 84% [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  9. The Utah Department of Public Safety says they will work with Syrian refugees arriving in Utah to help them assimilate [Tribune, 2 News, Deseret News].
  10. The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a challenge to a Chicago law banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines [Reuters, Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – George Washington’s retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1886 – Delegates from 25 unions founded the American Federation of Labor, the forerunner of the modern AFL-CIO, in Ohio.
  • 1941 – President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare that “a state of war has existed between the United States and Japanese Empire” as a result of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • 1980 – Former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death outside his apartment building in New York City.
  • 1991 – The Soviet Union ceased to exist when the republics of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine signed an agreement creating the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • 1993 – U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).