Today's Situational Awareness

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Friday!


  TICK TOCK  

116 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

194 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)

199 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)


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

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah's K-12 schools will require masks, but he did not make face coverings mandatory for the rest of the state.
  • Utah pulled the plug on the contact tracing part of the multi-million dollar Healthy Utah app.
  • The Supreme Court ruled President Trump cannot block the release of his financial records.

FRIDAY TRIVIA

This week's question comes from reader Doublas DeVore:

From statehood to 1940, Utah had seven governors. One particular fact distinguishes John C. Cutler and Charles R. Mabey from the others. What is it?

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National Briefing

Scotus

The Supreme Court ruled President Trump cannot block the release of his financial records. The ruling cleared the way for prosecutors in New York to obtain his financial records, but Congress has been stopped from obtaining his tax returns for now [NYT].

The Justices also ruled that a large part of eastern Oklahoma is a Native American reservation belonging to the Creek Nation [NPR].


Coronavirus

The U.S. hit another new single-day record for new cases of coronavirus with 60,646 instances. It's the third time this week the country has set a single-day record [NYT].

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the states hit hardest by the coronavirus should consider shutting down again to control the spread of the virus [CNN].

The World Health Organization says the coronavirus may become airborne and may spread through particles in the air in indoor crowded spaces [CNBC].

FEMA says 56 hospitals in Florida are out of ICU beds. Another 35 medical centers have less than 10 percent capacity available [ABC News].


School opening

The CDC said Thursday they would not revise their guidelines for schools to open safely despite criticism from President Trump [AP].

CDC Director Robert Redfield said Thursday that the health risks of keeping schools closed in the fall is great than opening classrooms to students [The Hill].


2020 election

Presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden released his economic plan which includes $700 billion for the development of new technologies [NYT].

Republicans are exploring holding their convention in Florida outdoors [WaPo].

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is discouraging donors from giving money to stage the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month because of a feud with his former campaign manager who is advising convention organizers [NYT].


Stimulus round four

When the Senate returns from recess on July 20th, lawmakers will begin working on another coronavirus stimulus bill which could include another round of direct payments for Americans [Forbes].


Justice Department

Geoffrey Berman, the ousted top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, told the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr repeatedly pressured him to resign so the Trump administration could install a candidate they preferred in the post [Politico].


Hmmm...

President Trump implied in a pair of interviews Thursday that he was preparing to grant clemency to longtime ally Roger Stone who was convicted of lying to Congress and is set to go to prison later this month [CNN].


Economy

About 1.3 million people filed for first time unemployment benefits last week, the 14th straight week the number of new claims has declined [NBC News].

Wells Fargo is readying to cut thousands of jobs [Bloomberg].

Starbucks will require customers to wear masks in all their stores [CNN].


Sportsball

The Big 10 Conference announced their teams will only play games within the conference this fall [ESPN].


Today at Utah Policy

Technological boondoggle? Utah's multi-million dollar coronavirus app will no longer provide contact tracing

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
In a stunning announcement, Utah health officials said Thursday the state's much-hyped,…

Herbert mandates masks for K-12 schools, but declines to issue statewide requirement

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Hebert announced Wednesday the state would require masks in Utah’s K-12…

Bob Bernick's notebook: Losing an election is tough

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Congratulations to the Utah primary election winners, especially Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox who…

Nearly half of Utahns expect the state's Covid-19 outbreak in to get worse

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Nearly half of all Utahns believe the worst of the coronavirus is ahead of us, a recent…

Utah legislative leaders say a statewide mask requirement is not necessary

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The top Republicans in the House and Senate came out against a mandatory statewide…

Legislature's Covid-19 commission opposes statewide mandatory mask-wearing order

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A Utah legislative coronavirus commission does not want GOP Gov. Gary Herbert to mandate…

Lighter Side

Jimmy, Keep on Showing Up
“Yeah, Trump gave a speech at a church, and the biggest part of that speech is where he showed everyone how he can drink communion wine out of one hand.” — JIMMY FALLON

Wise Words

Keep All Your Friends

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." Thomas Jefferson: to William Hamilton, April 22, 1800