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Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City

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  • Derek Brown says the Utah GOP is at a crossroads.
  • Lawmakers hail air quality measures passed in 2019
  • Impeachment talk grips Washington.

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Today at Utah Policy

Join the Salt Lake Chamber for the ‘Four Commitments of a Winning Team’ with Mark Eaton

by Salt Lake Chamber
Join us for the Salt Lake Chamber Professional Development Series seminar, the ‘Four…

Zions Bank economic snapshot: 150 years of railroads in Utah

by Robert Spendlove and Drew Maggelet, Zions Bank
May 10th, 2019 represents the 150th anniversary of the uniting of the Central Pacific…

Utah's unemployment rate remains steady at 3 percent

by Press release
Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for March 2019 grew by an estimated 3.0 percent, adding…

Giuliani rips Romney: 'Stop this pious act'

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rudy Giuliani hammered Utah Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday morning for his statement earlier…

Romney says he was 'sickened' by Trump's behavior

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
A day after the public release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's…

Hiking with Elizabeth Warren - Bernick and Schott on politics

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The Mueller report is out and everybody has thoughts about it, including us. We also look…

Policy News


Curtis encourages political engagement at tech tour: 'Demand civility and reward it'

by Press release
This week, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) set out on a tech tour visiting several…

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Weekend Event Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Environmental groups urge Utah to…

Amazon opens first robotics center in Utah, creates more than 1,500 jobs in the Salt Lake Area

by Press release
Governor Gary Herbert, local elected officials and community leaders joined Amazon in…

SLCC names honorary doctorate recipients for commencement

by Press release
Salt Lake Community College has named Jay K. Francis and Patricia R. Richards as 2019…

Utah executives report cautious optimism about future economy

by Salt Lake Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber released the first-quarter results of the Salt Lake Chamber’s…

Center for Policing Equity revealed as a 2019 Audacious Project

by Press release
What if science could eliminate racial bias in policing? Today, this question was…

Lighter Side

Future Meddling
“It’s a shock to find out both which associates declined to carry out his orders, and what they declined to do. Like his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who did not deliver the president’s message to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he should confine the Russia investigation to...

Wise Words


"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." Anthony J. D'Angelo

National Briefing

Trump: The New York Times should "beg for mercy." In a set of unhinged tweets on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump raged at the New York Times, demanding an apology from the newspaper and calling them "truly the Enemy of the People!" -

Pelosi tries to tamp down talk of impeachment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged members of her caucus to back away from impeachment talk during a conference call on Monday -

  • White House aides aren't worrying too much about a possible impeachment battle, convinced Democrats in Congress would never initiate such a move -
  • Trump argued on Twitter Monday that he could not be impeached and that it was the "Democrats that committed the crimes" -
  • 2020 Democratic hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday Congress should "take the steps toward impeachment" -
  • The Senate GOP is urging Congress to move on from the Mueller report -

Trump's approval rating sinks following the Mueller report. A new survey puts Trump's approval at just 39 percent, which ties his all-time low. 57 percent of Americans disapprove of President Trump's job performance -

Biden's campaign launch may be delayed. Expected campaign kick-off events in Virginia and Pennsylvania may be pushed back -

  • Biden's campaign announcement will focus on a "climate of the nation" message that will directly take on President Trump -
  • Biden will close his charitable foundation when he finally decides to enter the race -

White House vs. Congress.

  • President Trump filed a lawsuit against House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings to block a subpoena of the president's financial records -
  • The Trump administration instructed a former personnel security director to ignore a Congressional subpoena from the House Oversight Committee -

The Supreme Court will rule on gay and transgender rights. The court agreed to take up a set of high-profile cases arguing whether federal laws prohibit discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation or because they are transgender -

Herman Cain withdraws from Fed consideration. President Trump said Monday that Cain has pulled his name from consideration because of opposition from Republicans in the Senate -

Wut? Stephen Moore, who President Trump is planning to nominate for the Federal Reserve Board, once argued women should be barred from refereeing or covering men's basketball games -- unless they are attractive -

Does someone want to tell him? President Trump said Monday nobody in the White House defies his orders. Special counsel Robert Mueller's report detailed multiple instances of White House staffers and aides ignoring instructions from the president -

Social Security will be tapped out in 2035. The trust fund will only be able to pay out three-quarters of benefits to Americans when they retire -

President Trump will make a state visit to the UK in June. Buckingham Palace is expected to announce the visit "shortly" according to multiple sources -

Greenland is melting faster than experts thought. The melting will have a significant impact on rising sea levels -