Today's Situational Awareness
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- Utah lawmakers are negotiating to find a compromise on education funding as part of the tax reform efforts.
- Poll shows deep opposition to the inland port among Salt Lake City voters.
- A conservative group launches digital ads against McAdams over impeachment.
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A top Pentagon official overseeing U.S. policy regarding Ukraine told House impeachment investigators last month that President Donald Trump directed the freezing of military aid to Ukraine over the summer [NBC News].
Two senior U.S. officials told House investigators that Ukranian leaders were aware nearly $400 million in congressionally approved security assistance had been frozen well before the information became public, which undercuts a key point of President Trump's defense that there was "no quid pro quo" over the aid [Washington Post].
The former president was hospitalized Monday evening for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain caused by recent falls [Washington Post].
Two political supporters of Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas deal from the Ukrainian government shortly after Perry proposed one of the men as an advisor to the country's new president [AP].
Oh, please let this happen!
Rudy Giuliani is considering launching a podcast to provide analysis on the public impeachment hearings [CNN].
A Trump-appointed federal judge ruled that the president cannot sue New York state officials in a Washington DC court to block the release of his tax returns [CNN].
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is reportedly laying the groundwork to launch a presidential bid next year [Washington Post].
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether the Trump administration can end a program that keeps about 700,000 young immigrants from being deported [New York Times].
The U.S. held a record number of migrant kids in custody in 2019 [AP].
Google is collecting the personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states [Wall Street Journal].
Fare thee well
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was voted off "Dancing with the Stars" Monday night. Critics say he should have been booted off the show weeks ago [Washington Post].
“In a series of rage tweets this morning, he wrote ‘A fake Washington Post con job.’ ‘Totally untrue and just another fake news story,’ ‘lowlife reporters,’ ‘pure fiction’ from a ‘garbage newspaper.’ He said this ‘never happened’ and there were ‘no sources,’ which means it definitely happened...