Today's Situational Awareness

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Happy holiday weekend!

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Friday's political trivia: Today's question comes from reader Clint Warby. What family in Utah has the distinction of having the first Utah state official (name the office) and Utah Olympic Gold medal winner? Send your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Briefing

Congress passes budget bill; Trump will declare emergency. White House says Trump will build a border wall, even without much funding in the budget deal (Washington Post).

Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race. Former VP Joe Biden is building support among grassroots activists and seeking contributions (The Hill).

Amazon dumps New York City after politicians and unions say it’s not welcome. Deal would have created 25,000 jobs, but at a cost of $3 billion in government incentives (New York Times).

NASA wants to go to the moon ‘as fast as possible. Other countries like China and India are racing there, too. Like the Cold War space race, the new lunar activity is fueled by national pride and a quest for scientific discovery (Washington Post).

Make El Chapo pay for the border wall. Sen. Ted Cruz writes an op-ed suggesting the criminal assets of the convicted drug kingpin and other drug lords should be confiscated and used to secure the border (Washington Post).

Justice Department discussed removing Trump from office. Andrew McCabe the firmer deputy FBT director, said top officials were alarmed by the firing of James Comey and discussed whether to recruit cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment (New York Times).

Senate confirms Trump nominee William Barr as next attorney general. The Senate approved Barr’s nomination in a 54-45 vote, with three Democrats joining nearly every Republican in support. (Politico).

California cancels high speed rail and Trump demands that $3.5 billion in federal funding be returned. Gov. Gavin Newsome concedes that the full route has been rendered unfeasible by spiraling costs and logistical challenges (Politico).

Today at Utah Policy


Utah delegation responds to funding bill & emergency declaration

by Staff
Congress passed the compromise bill funding the government on Thursday, avoiding a…

Press release: DNC announces details for first two presidential primary debates

by Press Release
DNC Chair Tom Perez has announced 12 presidential primary debates to be held over the…

Press release: Artist selected to sculpt Martha Hughes Cannon statue

by Press Release
On the 149th First to Vote anniversary, the Martha Hughes Cannon Oversight Committee,…

Cedar Hills to Salt Lake City -- Communities of all sizes make planning for growth a top priority

by Jenney Rees, Cedar Hills Mayor and Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City Council Member, ULCT Board Member
Preparing for growth and addressing housing affordability and affordable housing are top…

Stewart: Banning high-capacity magazines 'won't make a difference' in gun control

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Parkland massacre in Florida, Rep. Chris Stewart…

Bill proposes to ban domestic violence perpetrators from owning or possessing guns

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Commit domestic violence in Utah and lose your right to possess or own a firearm forever.

Lighter Side

Getting Lost
“Taco Bell just announced that delivery is now available nationwide. Taco Bell made the decision after stoners kept getting lost at the drive-through.” — JIMMY FALLON

Wise Words

One Smile

"If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love." Maya Angelou