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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)
Join us on Dec. 13 for a luncheon welcoming Ricklef Beutin, Deputy Chief of Mission at the German Embassy
- Rep. Ben McAdams: U.S. Export Finance Agency renewal will help keep Utah’s economy humming
- Jay Evensen: Utah tax reform: Four things to keep in mind
- Editorial: Why Utah should not pass the current version of the Equal Rights Amendment
- South Salt Lake elementary school named for former Utah Gov. Olene Walker
- Sen. Mitt Romney questions administration official about withholding aid to Lebanon
- U.S. Senate confirms David Barlow as federal judge in Utah
- Special session on tax reform ‘imminent’
- Utah congressmen among those urging baseball not to drop minor league teams
- Early sentiment nearly knocked it off the rails, but 20 years later TRAX is a click-clacking success
- Logan becomes Utah’s 3rd city to ban plastic bags
- Utah educators are making a case for $18.6 million to expand optional extended-day kindergarten
Salt Lake Tribune
- Bay Area port city remains undecided on proposal that would disrupt Utah coal exports
- UTA approves extending some free-fare offerings in Layton and Ogden
- Senate confirms David Barlow as Utah’s newest federal judge
- Sen. Mitt Romney, others question why money for Lebanon was delayed
- After controversial start, TRAX now praised as it celebrates its 20th birthday
- Derek Miller: The economy is a feast to be grateful for this holiday season (Deseret News)
- Salt Lake has the lowest unemployment among the nation’s large metro areas — again (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Northern Utah economic development body taking shape, details coming in December (Standard-Examiner)
- Ogden City to spend next several months overhauling plan that guides downtown (Standard-Examiner)
- George Nader, key Mueller witness, charged with funneling money to Clinton campaign (New York Post)
- CBS Correspondent: Dems Not Exhibiting ‘Minimum Standard of Fairness’ (Free Beacon)
- ‘The Interagency’ Isn’t Supposed to Rule (Wall Street Journal)
- Schiff’s Surveillance State (Wall Street Journal)
- Cory Booker Implies Democrats Are Racist For Not Putting Him On December Debate Stage (Federalist)
- White Black Lives Matter activist ignites brawl at black event for Buttigieg (Washington Examiner)
- California campaign watchdog suspends donation rules after a member gives to Sanders (Los Angeles Times)
- Hospitals Sue Trump to Keep Negotiated Prices Secret (New York Times)
- Twitter employee tweets harassment at Andy Ngo (Post Millennial)
- FBI probing terroristic threat against McMinnville couple suing Joe Biden's brother (Knoxville News Sentinel)
- Pakistan Backs Off Prosecuting Chinese Sex Traffickers to Preserve Economic Ties to Beijing (National Review)
“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
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].
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].
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].