Friday’s Talking Points – May 27, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 148th day of the year. There are 218 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump officially clinches the GOP nomination. Barack Obama visits Hiroshima. Orrin Hatch’s op-ed about his visit with SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland is published before the meeting actually happened.

The clock:

  • 32 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 52 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 59 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 165 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
  • 241 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (1/23/2017)
  • 286 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Donald Trump has won enough delegates to clinch the GOP nomination for president [The Hill, CNN].
  2. President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima 71 years after the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city [Washington Post].
  3. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are teasing supporters about a possible debate between the two. Trump says he would do it if the television network broadcasting the debate makes a $10 million donation to charity [Bloomberg, Politico].
  4. Sen. Orrin Hatch is a Time Lord! An op-ed penned by Hatch panning his meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is published before that meeting happened [Washington Post, Tribune, 2 News].
  5. 41 Secret Service employees are facing discipline over leaked information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz‘s rejected application to be an agent. The leak was apparently retribution for Chaffetz’s investigation into misconduct at the agency [CNN].
  6. Morgan Philpot, who is running for a seat in the Utah Legislature, is the new attorney for Ammon Bundy, who led an armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  7. Sen. Todd Weiler appears on the latest episode of the Netflix show “Chelsea” to discuss his proposal to declare pornography a public health crisis [Standard Examiner].
  8. Paul Huntsman says he expects to finalize his purchase of the Salt Lake Tribune next week [Tribune].
  9. The Box Elder School District is refusing to comply with the Obama administration’s directive to public schools on transgender students [KSL].
  10. Uh oh! Researchers find bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort in the United States [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1647 – Alse Young became the first person executed as a witch in America when she was hanged in Hartford, Conn.
  • 1937 – San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was opened.
  • 1963 – The album “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” which featured the song “Blowin’ in the Wind,” was released.
  • 1995 – Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Va.
  • 1997 – The Supreme Court ruled Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.