Today's Situational Awareness

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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • 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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TICK TOCK

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 76 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 83 (2/3/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 112 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 121 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 231 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 357 (11/3/2020)



National Briefing

Impeachment

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].


Jimmy Carter

The former president was hospitalized Monday evening for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain caused by recent falls [Washington Post].


Woah!

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].


Trump's taxes

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].


2020

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is reportedly laying the groundwork to launch a presidential bid next year [Washington Post].


Immigration

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].


Yikes!

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].



Today at Utah Policy

Lawmakers negotiating behind-the-scenes to find compromise on education funding

by Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
There’s a group of leading Utah legislators and members of Gov. Gary Herbert’s…

Majority of Salt Lake City voters don't want the inland port developed

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Nearly two-thirds of Salt Lake City voters do not want the inland port developed in the…

With half a million in the bank, Greg Hughes edges closer to running for governor in 2020

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, who is looking to run for the Republican…

Trump administration considering big changes to national parks, including limiting senior discounts

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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Under current tax reform proposal, individuals would pay less but some businesses would pay more

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
At the very bottom of a new “summary” of the large draft tax reform bill are some…

Lighter Side

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Wise Words

Be Yourself

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