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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:
- Utah voters support raising the age to buy a gun to 21.
- A mysterious whistleblower complaint is said to involve President Trump's interactions with the leader of Ukraine.
- The House votes to fund the government through late November.
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Here's an obscure head-scratcher to start your Friday, submitted by reader Gordon Jones:
What former House member from Utah became the ambassador to the Malagasy Republic following their defeat?
Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 46 (11/5/2019)
Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 129 (1/27/2020)
Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 165 (3/3/2020)
Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 277 (6/23/2020)
Days to the 2020 election: 410 (11/3/2020)
Overwhelming majority of Utah voters support denying gun sales to those who have been reported as a danger to law enforcement
- Jay Evensen: Will anything disrupt higher education?
- Editorial: Family courts must uphold the value of child safety
- Hatch says Biden didn’t believe Anita Hill’s sexual harassment claims
- Sen. Mitt Romney proposes bill to ban flavored e-cigarettes
- Orem mayor won’t face prosecution for misuse of retirement fund
- Back from tour of U.S.-Mexico border, Salt Lake County Mayor Wilson details ‘broken’ system
- What’s it like growing up and working in Utah politics as a Latina?
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- Solitude gets jeers and cheers for its paid-parking plan, but either way the Utah ski resort will be going it alone this winter
- Robert Gehrke: It’s way past time that Salt Lake City address the downtown scooter menace
- Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson recounts trip to U.S.-Mexico border, where she toured a ‘broken’ immigration system
- Proposed skyscraper would be the tallest building in Utah (Deseret News)
- Utah Airbnb hosts book $37 million over summer travel season (Deseret News)
- Ogden-based MarketStar acquires Irish firm, expands European footprint (Standard-Examiner)
- Local analysts warn U.S.-China trade battle impacting Utah companies (Deseret News)
- Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani (The Hill)
- Peter Schweizer: Trump right to question Biden dealings with Ukraine, despite Dem criticism (FOX News)
- Goodwin: Comey and Baquet — united against Trump — have caused a nonstop feeding frenzy (New York Post)
- At a rally like no other, Trump woos Indian American voters ahead of 2020 (Politico)
- Washington Post mocked for comparing Elizabeth Warren selfies to Frederick Douglass photos (New York Post)
- What Comes After Transgender? (American Spectator)
- So much for clearing up the planet! Climate change protesters who marched through Manhattan are branded hypocrites for leaving litter strewn across the city (Daily Mail)
- More Fracking, or More War? (National Review)
- Corporate America Has Found a Way to Turn a Profit Off Being Green (Bloomberg)
- Justin Trudeau, Identity-Politics Hypocrite (National Review)
- Saudi Arabia seeks action against Iran after oil attack, allies wary (Reuters)
“Trudeau came out to apologize for one blackface and ended up admitting to more. He’s like: ‘I did brownface for “Aladdin” and I did blackface when I sang the song “Day-O.” And now if you’ll excuse me, daylight’s coming and me wan’ go home.’” — TREVOR NOAH
A potentially explosive complaint from a whistleblower in the intelligence committee is said to involve President Donald Trump and his communications with the leader of Ukraine. The complaint, which the Trump administration is withholding from Congress, involves an alleged promise made by President Trump made to a foreign leader and other actions [NYT].
In an insane interview, Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer, denied asking Ukraine to investigate former president Joe Biden, then 30 seconds later reversed himself and admitted he did so [WaPo].
Iran's foreign minister vows "all-out war" in the region in the case of a military strike by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia against that country [NYT].
The Pentagon will present President Trump with several options for responding to what the administration claims is an Iranian attack on a Saudi Arabian oil field [AP].
Shutdown averted...for now
The House passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government open through late November. The stopgap measure sets up a potentially massive fight over funding for President Trump's border wall before Thanksgiving [WaPo].
President Trump's lawyers sued in federal court to block a subpoena seeking his tax returns. They claim it is unconstitutional to investigate a sitting president [NYT].
A federal judge blocked a California law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the ballot in that state [Politico].
A new Fox News poll shows President Trump losing to every top Democratic candidate [Fox News].
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination [WaPo].
Build the wall
The Trump administration is considering a plan to once again divert billions of dollars in military funding to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border [WaPo].
A new study says the number of birds in the U.S. and Canada has dropped by nearly 30 percent over the past 50 years [NYT].