Today's Situational Awareness
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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:
- National Democrats think Rep. Chris Stewart could be vulnerable in 2020.
- Rep. Greg Hughes raises big bucks ahead of the launch of his expected gubernatorial bid.
- Pence coming to Utah this week.
- The White House moves to blunt the impact of an economic slowdown.
Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 77 (11/5/2019)
Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 160 (1/27/2020)
Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 196 (3/3/2020)
Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 308 (6/23/2020)
Days to the 2020 election: 441 (11/3/2020)
The White House makes moves to soften the effects of a recession. Trump administration officials are eyeing a payroll tax cut to counter an economic downturn [WaPo].
- J.P. Morgan estimates Trump's tariffs will cost the average American household $1,000 per year [CNBC].
- Trump tweeted Monday that the Federal Reserve should cut interest rates by "at least 100 basis points" in order to boost the economy [Axios].
- The Federal Reserve is making a series of changes to regulatory requirements put in place to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis [NYT].
- RV shipments are slipping, which could be another sign of a looming recession [WSJ].
Trump retreats on gun restrictions. After initially sounding open to expanding background checks following mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, President Donald Trump appears to have softened that stance significantly [WaPo].
Impeachment. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, the No. 4 House Democrat, announced support for an impeachment investigation against President Trump [Politico].
- Lujan is the 124th House Democrat to come out in favor of launching an impeachment inquiry [Axios].
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. President Trump claimed, without any proof, that Google "manipulated" millions of votes leading to his loss in the popular vote in 2016 [TechCrunch].
Planned Parenthood. The organization is withdrawing from a federal family planning program that provides birth control and other health services to poor women rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule barring referrals to doctors who perform abortions [NYT].
2020. Democrats are spending big on down-ballot races to boost their chances of retaking control of several statehouses [AP].
Uh Oh. Facebook and Twitter say China is spreading disinformation online targeting protesters in Hong Kong [NYT].
China. A new study says the U.S. military is no longer the primary force in Asia, and China could overwhelm American forces within hours if a conflict were to break out [CNN].
“Of course, we all know by now that when Trump reads something from a teleprompter, he doesn’t actually mean it. More often than not, it’s the first time he’s even seeing it." Seth Meyers