Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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

Half of Americans say they would be “embarrassed” by a Trump presidency. Clinton will not apologize to Trump. Huntsman says a third-party presidential bid would be a “suicide mission.”

The clock:

  • 34 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 41 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 49 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 79 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 91 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 123 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 189 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 322 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows half of Americans say they would be “embarrassed” to have Donald Trump as the nation’s president [The Hill].
  2. A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton replied “Hell no,” when asked if her campaign would apologize to Trump for saying the GOP presidential candidate has been used in terror recruitment videos [The Hill].
  3. Fox News will host a GOP presidential debate before the Iowa Caucuses next month [Fox News].
  4. South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham ends his presidential campaign [New York Times, ABC News].
  5. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says he will not launch a “suicide mission” bid for the White House as a third-party candidate [Tribune, 2 News, Fox 13].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert is once again targeting automatic budget earmarks for elimination during the upcoming legislative session [Tribune].
  7. Immigrants are more likely than native-born Americans to hold jobs in five industries in Utah [Tribune].
  8. Jonathan Johnson barnstorms around the state as part of his quest for the GOP nomination for governor [Standard Examiner].
  9. President Barack Obama will appear on Jerry Seinfeld‘s show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ [New York Times].
  10. Here’s why Mormons really, really love “Star Wars” [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1864 – During the Civil War, Union Gen. William Sherman sent a message to President Abraham Lincoln from Georgia, saying, “I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah.”
  • 1944 – Ordered to surrender by Nazi troops who had his unit trapped during the Battle of the Bulge, Gen. Anthony McAuliffe of the 101’s Airborne Division replied with one word: “Nuts!”
  • 1984 – “Subway vigilante” Bernard Goetz shot and wounded four would-be holdup men on a New York City subway.
  • 1989 – Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, the last of Eastern Europe’s hard-line Communist leaders, fell from power in the face of massive demonstrations.
  • 2010 – President Barack Obama signed a law allowing gays for the first time in history to serve openly in America’s military.