Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Thursday, February 4, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 331 days left in 2016.

Trump accuses Cruz of stealing victory in Iowa. Chaffetz plans a probe that could end up engulfing Hillary Clinton. Utah Democrat wants residents to vote on Medicaid expansion.

The clock:

  • Five days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 16 days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 19 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 23 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 38 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 50 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 82 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 148 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 281 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump goes bonkers on Twitter, accusing Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa Caucuses and calling for a do-over [New York Times].
  2. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off in a primetime Democratic debate in New Hampshire Thursday night on MSNBC [The Hill, MSNBC,
  3. Republicans Rand Paul and Rick Santorum drop out of the presidential race. Santorum throws his support behind Marco Rubio [New York Times].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he plans to probe record keeping by the federal government, which could end up targeting the email scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton [Politico].
  5. Rep. Patrice Arent wants Utahns to cast a non-binding vote on Medicaid expansion in November [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Poll: Utah Republican delegates give the state’s top elected officials high approval ratings [Utah Policy].
  7. The Utah Senate advances a measure to reinstate a nominating committee for state school board elections as a short-term fix. A similar nominating committee was found unconstitutional by a judge [Tribune].
  8. A judge allows the Utah Democratic Party to get involved in a lawsuit brought by the Utah GOP over SB54 [Deseret News].
  9. A proposal on the Hill would revive Utah’s ban on polygamy, but polygamists would not be prosecuted unless they’re breaking other laws [Utah Policy, Associated Press].
  10. President Barack Obama makes a visit to a mosque and references religious persecution against Mormons [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – George Washington was elected the first president of the United States by all 69 presidential electors who cast votes.
  • 1801 – John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
  • 1861 – Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
  • 1938 – Adolf Hitler seized control of the Germany army and put Nazi officers in key posts as part of a plan that led to World War II.
  • 1974 – Urban guerrillas calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army abducted Patricia Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst.
  • 2004 – The Massachusetts high court declared that gays were entitled to marry.
  • 2004 – The social networking site Facebook was launched.