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

  • Education funding proposal may not be ready for Dec. 12 special session.
  • Constitutional scholars debate impeachment.
  • Trump abruptly leaves NATO summit after world leaders mock him.


Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 53 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 60 (2/3/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 89 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 98 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 208 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 334 (11/3/2020)

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Lighter Side

Hidden Message
“President Trump this afternoon tweeted an image of his head on Sylvester Stallone’s body from the movie poster for ‘Rocky III.’ So he’s either trying to tell us how tough he is, or he’s trying to explain his extensive brain damage.” — SETH MEYERS

Wise Words

Pursuit of Happiness

"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself." Benjamin Franklin

National Briefing

The Founding Fathers would be "horrified"

Legal scholars debated whether the conduct of President Donald Trump rose to the threshold necessary for his removal from office. Three of the scholars testified that Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals clearly met the definition of abuse of power and warranted impeachment, while one argued it did not [New York Times].

"Are you ready?"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is making it clear to her House colleagues a vote on impeachment over President Trump's actions in the Ukraine scandal is coming [Washington Post].

Trump's new impeachment defense

President Trump is shifting his explanation for the July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Trump now insists when he asked the Ukrainian President to "do us a favor," he meant the United States as a whole, not him personally [Axios].

No evidence of campaign spying

The prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William Barr to probe the conduct of U.S. agencies during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election said he could not find evidence to support the theory that the whole affair was a set up to ensnare the Trump campaign [Washington Post].

Abrupt exit

President Trump abruptly canceled a news conference at the NATO summit after video emerged of other world leaders appearing to mock him. Trump blasted Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "two-faced" [Politico].

Warren vs. Bloomberg

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren appeared on Bloomberg News Wednesday where she accused the channel's owner, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, of trying to buy the 2020 election [Bloomberg].

Say cheese!

The Department of Homeland Security may require travelers, including Americans, to be photographed as they enter or leave the country [ABC News].


President Trump's $28 billion farm bailout may be paying many growers more than the trade war with China has cost them [Bloomberg].