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Situational awareness - November 12, 2019

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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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images/1000px_Article_Photos/Inland_Port_01.jpgPoll shows overwhelming opposition to inland port among Salt Lake City voters
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Salt Lake City voters are massively opposed to the inland port project in the city's northwest quadrant according to a new Utah Political Trends poll.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_27.jpgLawmakers 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 administration working to find a compromise with pro-public education and college officials over the state Constitution's specific earmarking of income tax revenues for public school/college funding.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20191111_Club_McAdams_ad.jpgClub for Growth launching digital ads attacking McAdams over impeachment
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
As expected, the conservative Club for Growth is set to launch ads urging voters in Democrat Ben McAdams' district to contact his office and tell him to "stop supporting the phony impeachment process."
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Inland_Port_Protest_01.jpgMajority 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 northwest part of the city, a new UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics poll finds.
images/1000px_Mugs/Greg_Hughes_01.jpgWith 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 governor's nomination next year, has raised just under half a million dollars.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Zion_National_Park_01.jpgTrump administration considering big changes to national parks, including limiting senior discounts
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The Trump administration is reportedly considering proposals that would bring big changes to the nation's national parks, including privatizing campgrounds and blacking out senior discounts during peak holiday seasons.
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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].

Jimmy Carter

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].

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].


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].


Policy News

USU research shows discrimination in minority- and women-owned small business lending practices
Utah State University research showing that minority and women applicants seeking small business loans receive poorer treatment and more scrutiny from bank lending officers was presented at a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) symposium on Nov. 6, in Washington, D.C.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber hosts 43rd Annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon
Local businesswomen heard from inspirational speakers, gained business insights, and recognized the accomplishments of those helping to make a difference in our community at the 43rd Annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon. 
Salt Lake City seeking feedback on waste & recycling services, proposed fee increase
Salt Lake City is currently seeking resident input on curbside waste and recycling services, as well as feedback on a modest proposed fee increase for those services. An online survey is currently open at www.slcgreen.com/rates where residents can learn more and submit their feedback. The survey is available in English and Spanish.  
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpg43rd annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon
The Salt Lake Chamber will honor Linda Wardell, general manager of City Creek Center as the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient at this year's Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon on November 12, 2019, at the Grand America Hotel.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER 24 episode 58: Never lost one cent
One of those unwritten rules of cybersecurity is that you don't brag about how good your security is. It's more than just bad karma, it's the type of chest-thumping that can awaken the sleeping hacker giants looking for a challenge. 

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1927 - Joseph Stalin consolidated power in the Soviet Union following the expulsion of Leon Trotsky from the Soviet Communist Party.

1936 - President Franklin Roosevelt pressed the Presidential Gold Key to open the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge officially.

1954 - After processing more than 12 million immigrants, the immigration station at Ellis Island closed its doors for the last time.

1982 - Yuri Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.

1999 - President Bill Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.

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"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 and there are multiple sources."- JIMMY KIMMEL

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