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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Troy Williams of Equality Utah, at the Hate Crimes Round Table Discussion, hosted by NAACP and MLK Commission in Salt Lake City, Thursday August 4, 2016. At left is James Yapias. Debate: Not supposed to call them ‘hate crimes’ any more. But go after them anyway...
    Getting states to pass laws cracking down on hate crimes can be difficult because the term comes with so much baggage. It can be seen as government ac...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 10:15 am   |     |   Share
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    Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington last May. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer Debate: Chaffetz gets still more attention. Most of it still critical...
    The newest flash: — Possible GOP challenger to Rep. Jason Chaffetz emerges — Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune “Damian W. Kidd — a Republican and a...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 01:23 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked Army documents and is serving 35 years. (U.S. Army via AP, File) Debate: People who should not be in prison ...
    — Illinois Police Video Shows Black Ph.D. Student Being Violently Arrested for “Stealing” Own Car — Ben Mathis-Lilley | Slate — Sheriff is right. The ...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 04:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014, file photo, House Oversight Committee member Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, leads the questioning of then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson as the committee examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House on Capitol Hill in Washington. The committee’s ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Mid. is at left. Capitol Hill lawmakers investigating the Secret Service say they want to look into moving it out of the Homeland Security Department and back into the Treasury Department. Secret Service was part of the Treasury up until the Homeland Security Department was created after the 9/11 terror attacks.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Debate: Utah’s Chaffetz is all over the news. And not in a good way.
    — Chaffetz won’t launch ‘fishing expedition’ into Trump’s finances — Courtney Tanner | The Salt Lake Tribune “Rep. Jason Chaffetz has no plans to dig ...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: See. I told you. Art is about being someone else.
    Video: Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes. Annotated by The Washington Post. A couple of weeks ago, I got all philosophical and explained th...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 12:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Colbert bit about Utah is funnier if you’ve watched TV in New York...
    Video: Here’s what Stephen Colbert was making fun of. Besides Utah, that is. CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert had some fun at Utah’s expense by la...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks with news media during Republican Party Election Night Victory Party at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 8, 2016. Debate: Jason Chaffetz and the House GOP — Ethics for thee but not for me ...
    — Utah House members squander chance to make a good first impression — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “You never get a second chance to make a first impr...
    Updated Jan 05 2017 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert delivers his inaugural address at the State of Utah’s Inaugural Ceremony in the Capitol rotunda, Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Debate: Newspaper columnists getting metaphors about cars ...
    In his inaugural contribution as a Salt Lake Tribune columnist, Robert Gehrke uses an automotive metaphor (analogy?) to explain what newly re-inaugura...
    Updated Jan 04 2017 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A view into one of dozens of sandstone canyons on Cedar Mesa in San Juan County.  The area is included for a proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Debate: Are your (Bears) Ears burning? Lots of talk about new monument ...
    [Video: Wilderness Society footage of Bears Ears National Monument, via The Washington Post.] — Inside Obama’s decision to name the Bears Ears Natio...
    Updated Jan 03 2017 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: A storm over Bears Ears
    — Obama should create a Bears Ears National Monument — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, April 23, 2016 “ ... decisions made about this and other national ...
    Updated Dec 29 2016 02:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Cashier Cayra Peterson bags up an order as some lines are 10 people deep at the State Liquor and Wine store at 125 West and 900 South in Sandy, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Debate: As we were saying, about sex, booze and Utah coal ...
    Now: — ‘Sister Wives’ case should not go to U.S. Supreme Court, argues Utah A.G.’s office — Courtney Tanner | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... The ‘Sister ...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 01:40 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)  ’s Utahn of the Year--Madi Barney, pictured Wednesday, December 22, 2016, in front of an oil painting by Utahn Lee Cowan entitled ’Heed the Firmament to the Eighth’, 2014, part of the collection at the Springville Art Museum. Through Barney’s willingness to go public about Brigham Young Universityís handling of her rape case, she changed the discussion on campus sexual assault across the state. Barney launched a petition requesting Honor Code amnesty for BYU students who report sex crimes that resulted in the school’s policy change not to punish sexual assault victims for Honor Code violations in connection with their reports. Debate: Yes, Virginia, there is some good news. In life and in newspapering ...
    Yes, there was a lot of bad news in 2016. Especially the last few months. — 2016: The Year in Forty-Three New Yorker Postscripts — Nicholas Thompson |...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    President-elect Donald Trump, second from right, accompanied by Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, and Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, left, speaks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Debate: Before the Dark Times fall ...
    Remember the other day how I was on about how people were worried about what the minions of Donald Trump might do with vast quantities of government d...
    Updated Dec 21 2016 04:54 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 photo, Bart Fisher, farmer and president of the Palo Verde Irrigation District, looks at the Colorado River while pausing for photos in Blythe, Calif. The third-generation farmer who was born in Blythe, left 29 percent of his farmland fallow this year. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation’s largest distributor of treated drinking water, became the largest landowner in the region including Blythe for good reason: The alfalfa-growing area sits at the top of the legal pecking order to Colorado River water, a lifeline for seven Western states and northern Mexico.( AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Debate: All of rural America is shrinking, monuments or no monuments ...
    The underlying flaw in the arguments raised by many Utah politicians who want to turn vast amounts of federal land over to the state or to private own...
    Updated Dec 20 2016 01:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     People light candles during the ’Homeless Persons Memorial Day’ gathering for all the homeless people who died in the past year, at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City Tuesday December 13, 2016. Debate: Homelessness not just a local issue...
    San Francisco: — The Tent Cities of San Francisco — Daniel Duane | For The New York Times “SAN FRANCISCO — California may be the new capital of Americ...
    Updated Dec 18 2016 04:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, Mitt Romney talks to media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J. Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump adviser warned Sunday, Nov. 27, that the president-elect’s supporters would feel “betrayed” if he tapped Romney as secretary of state, a move that would put a fierce Trump critic in a powerful Cabinet post. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) Debate: The Ballad of Donald and Mitt
    — Romney’s bizarre odyssey with Trump — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “In a perfect world, former Republican presidential nominee and one-term Massachus...
    Updated Dec 15 2016 10:33 am   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Family members of James Swift mourn their loss as they attend a candle light vigil during the ’Homeless Persons Memorial Day’ gathering for all the homeless people who died in the past year, at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City Tuesday December 13, 2016. Debate: Why four homeless resource centers? Why there? Why not?
    What to do about Salt Lake City’s homeless problem is something that could be — has been — talked about forever. This is an example of a situation whe...
    Updated Dec 14 2016 01:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo)   Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, has long warned of Russian cyberattacks. But the member of the House Intelligence Committee disputes reports that the CIA concluded the hacking of the U.S. election was aimed at helping Donald Trump. Debate: Donald Trump already knows what he needs to know. He’s not the only one.
    Video: The end of the François Trauffaut’s 1966 film, “Fahrenheit 451.” Climate scientists may not be able to memorize all the scientific data they ar...
    Updated Dec 13 2016 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this July 28, 2015, photo, electricians Adam Hall, right, and Steven Gabert, install solar panels on a roof for Arizona Public Service company in Goodyear, Ariz. Traditional power companies are getting into small-scale solar energy and competing for space. The emerging competition comes as utilities and smaller solar installers fight over the future of the U.S. energy system. (AP Photo/Matt York) Debate: Warren Buffett vs Elon Musk. And Robert Redford. And Jonathan Johnson ...
    Bruce Wayne [Batman]: And you are? Edward Nygma [Soon to become The Riddler]: Nygma. Edward Nygma. You hired me personally. We’ve never actually met, ...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 12:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Third graders at Wasatch Peak Academy in North Salt Lake use colored shapes to learn fractions in a geometry class.    A new report by the Utah Foundation says that charter schools receive less funding than school district schools, but charter advantages make it difficult to determine if the funding is inequitable.   Debate: ‘Public schools’ are good. ‘Government schools’ are bad. ‘Smart schools’ are in other countries ...
    If you want to win a public policy debate, one of the most useful tricks is to bend the language to elicit the emotional response you want from your a...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 03:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    President-elect Donald Trump gestures toward reporters as he arrives for a party at the home of Robert Mercer, one of his biggest campaign donors, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Head of the Harbor, N.Y. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Debate: Name that dictator ...
    I say Castro: – Trump takes some pages from the Castro playbook — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... Trump mimics Castro by threatening to jail...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 04:10 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)   Evan McMullin in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2008, while working as a CIA operative.  Debate: McMullin, and Utah, stretch their 15 minutes of fame ...
    [Video: Dug up by David Leonhardt of The New York Times, this anti-Goldwater ad from 1964 might remind you of today’s political dynamic.] — Who is E...
    Updated Oct 26 2016 03:33 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: BYU takes our advice on their Honor Code problems
    Back in April, The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board had this advice — based on some exemplary, and sensitive, investigative journalism from the other...
    Updated Oct 26 2016 01:52 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: The media made Donald Trump. Some of the media feels bad about it ...
    — To save the Republican Party, dismantle the right-wing media — Catherine Rampell | The Washington Post “ ... If Republicans truly want to save their...
    Updated Oct 25 2016 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: All things go back to Bugs Bunny ...
    Yes, when you saw Pat Bagley’s Sunday cartoon, you thought of this Bugs Bunny cartoon....
    Updated Oct 24 2016 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    Supporters Alexa Herrera, 12, left, and her mother Jeanette Herrera, center, pose for a photo with Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, right, following a rally Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Debate: Mormons in the national spotlight. For good reasons ...
    I’ve heard from a few people who don’t care for the way the national [and Canadian] press is talking about Mormons and Utahns as if those were totally...
    Updated Oct 24 2016 10:00 am   |     |   Share
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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by former Vice President Al Gore, right, attempts to quiet the crowd as a protester disrupts her speech during a rally at Miami Dade College in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Debate: And The Tribune Editorial Board picks ... Hillary Clinton
    — In the end, Hillary Clinton is the only qualified candidate, and the best choice — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... Clinton has been around a long ...
    Updated Oct 12 2016 01:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   361 crosses were placed on the front lawn of the Utah State Capitol Thursday Oct. 21 for Alliance for a Better Utah to make a visual point for their press conference.  Today marks 657 days since the Utah Legislature had the first opportunity to grant access to affordable healthcare for thousands of Utahns most in need. Better Utah estimates that as many as 361 Utahns (represented by the rows of crosses) have died because they don’t have access to affordable healthcare.  Debate: Arguing over Obamacare, medical marijuana, porn ...
    A healthcare theme to the sltrib.com opinion offerings: If you are upset by this one ... — Other states show that Utah did right to skip Medicaid exp...
    Updated Oct 03 2016 12:29 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The heartache of a broken relationship may soon become less painful on Facebook. The world’s largest social network is trying to help people who have split up with a spouse or lover, offering a new feature that spares them from constantly seeing their former partner’s posts and pictures in their news feed.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) Debate: Tax breaks and their opposite ...
    Having just wrapped up a testy tiff over tax breaks over in West Jordan, a debate on the opposite approach to building a city the way it needs to be b...
    Updated Sep 20 2016 05:22 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: We said. They did: Affordable housing. High school sports. Facebook.
    We said affordable housing was needed in Salt Lake City, even though it will be difficult and expensive. — Utah must find new ways to encourage afford...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 01:36 pm   |     |   Share