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    Debate: Sex and politics ... With video (not that kind)
    “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” — Henry Kissinger I dunno, Henry. Around here, power seems more interested in being a real buzzkill. — Video: ‘We...
    Updated Feb 05 2016 01:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Change to ‘Utah Fan’ inspires a whole country ...
    [Video: I’ve always been partial to this national anthem. Easier to sing. More uplifting. Less about a battle, though it pledges over and over to “sta...
    Updated Feb 04 2016 09:48 am   |     |   Share
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    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, right, accompanied by the committee’s ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. questions a witness during the committee’s  hearing to examine the ongoing situation in Flint, Mich. Michigan should have required the city of Flint to treat its water for corrosion-causing elements after elevated lead levels were first discovered in the city’s water a year ago, the state’s top environmental regulator says in testimony prepared for congressional hearing.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley) Debate: A chance for Chaffetz to redeem himself. Too bad nobody’s watching...
    The horrid mess that is the public water supply in Flint, Mich., has rightly come into the portfolio of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, aka Jason ...
    Updated Feb 03 2016 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: That’s still the anger talking ...
    A Utah House committee has approved a bill, from Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, to add human trafficking to the list of aggravating factors that could a...
    Updated Feb 03 2016 01:14 pm   |     |   Share
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    Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward speaks at press conference at the Harney County Community Center in Burns, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2016. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)  Debate: ‘We don’t arm up and rebel’
    It’s Groundhog Day. But we’re going to have a lot more than six more weeks of feuding over public lands. It could be the same thing over and over. Or,...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 02:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    This Oct. 22, 2015, photo shows a Planned Parenthood in Houston. A grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, by the abortion provider, and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that targeted the handling of fetal tissue in clinics and provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. The footage from the clinic in Houston. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  Debate: Lies and the lying liars who tell them ...
    [Yes, that’s the title of a book by Al Franken.] ­— Video’s claim that BLM sparked devastating Oregon fires goes up in smoke — Paul Rolly | The Salt L...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 01:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Water policy flows both ways ...
    Looks like some members of the Utah Legislature didn’t read the editorial all the way to the end. Even when it was a good review of what they were up ...
    Updated Jan 29 2016 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Warning: This is a plot complication! ...
    A lot of warnings in the news today. Mostly unheeded. That’s what makes them sad. And newsworthy: — Utah engineers’ warning was ignored before Challen...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Newer model UTA buses leave the Salt Lake Central Station at 250 S. 600 W. in Salt Lake City Monday Ocotber 12. Debate: OK. Maybe a UTA junket to Houston...
    ... Or maybe the folks at the Utah Transit Authority, whose proclivity for global travel is high on the list of reasons why the transit-tax-raising Pr...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 11:18 am   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   ’I’ve never seen it this bad,’ said Ashley Gomez of the high number of homeless people in Salt Lake City, including herself. Gomez and her dog Sadie try to stay somewhat warm and dry after her ’camp’ flooded due to snowfall, Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  The U.S. Conference of Mayors has released its annual Hunger and Homeless Survey. The report surveyed 22 cities and found that over all, homelessness increased 5.2 percent. Sixty-Six percent of the cities reported an increase in the need for food assistance. Debate: Helping the homeless in, and by, Utah ...
    Having two newspapers in a community is a good idea. When we disagree. And especially when we agree: — State funds for homeless would be fair and effe...
    Updated Jan 22 2016 02:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   l-r Filmaker Jared Hess discusses the art and intricacies of being and independent filmmaker during The Salt Lake Tribune)  ’s Sundance Film Festivals preview, January 12, 2015 at Tower Theatre. For 30 years, the Sundance Film Festival has brought groundbreaking storytelling to Utah, encouraged homegrown talent and cultivated a sophisticated and enthusiastic local audience for indie films. As the 2016 festival opening approaches, The Salt Lake Tribune)   invites you to an evening of Sundance history, folklore, memories, industry gossip ­­— and the chance to win tickets to screenings.  Debate: Some wish for a sunny Sundance ...
    This editorial has been bugging me for a few days. It also made me think of the above video clip. Now I’ve looked at it (the sketch, that is) again an...
    Updated Jan 21 2016 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    Robyn Blumner Debate: Remember Robyn Blumner, briefly a Utahn?
    Robyn Blumner was executive director of the Utah American Civil Liberties Union for a couple of years back in the late 1980s. She had a similar job wi...
    Updated Jan 21 2016 10:09 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: The Rogue Strikes Back ...
    Now that she’s back in the national spotlight, I get to drag out this old bit: — My night with Sarah Palin — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ......
    Updated Jan 20 2016 05:16 pm   |     |   Share
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    Cowboy Dwane Ehmer, of Irrigon, Ore., a supporter of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, walks his horse Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, near Burns, Ore. The group has said repeatedly that local people should control federal lands, but critics say the lands are already managed to help everyone from ranchers to recreationalists. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Debate: Fighting over public lands and the environment ...
    New news and commentary on the debates over public lands and environmental quality in the West: — The history and law behind Utah’s bid to gain federa...
    Updated Jan 19 2016 12:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    President Barack Obama waves goodbye after giving his final State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Vice President Joe Biden applauds, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. is at right.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Debate: Yeah, well, good riddance to you, too, says Obama ...
    President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address last night. Now it’s just a contest about who’s the happiest. — Hatch lambasts Obama’s ...
    Updated Jan 13 2016 11:58 am   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    A pedestrian bridge crosses the Jordan River near North Temple in Salt Lake City, Friday, October 30, 2015. Debate: Cities that pollute the water ...
    Well, shucks. I wish I’d known about this: — Utah municipalities on the hook for polluting waterways with thousands of gallons of sewage — Emma Penrod...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    Members of the media are silhouetted in front of Independence Hall as H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, owner and Chairman of Philadelphia Media Network (PMN), makes an announcement during a press conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa., Tuesday Jan. 12, 2016. Lenfest announced that he will be donating PMN, the holding company for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com to a newly created nonprofit media institute. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Debate: Another newspaper goes nonprofit (officially) ...
    [Updated: 5:05 p.m.] Remember a few weeks ago I was on about newspapers not just changing hands, but changing to new models of ownership that may or m...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: The Utah-Koch connection ...
    The Koch brothers come out of Kansas. (Like me.) They are fans of Wichita State University basketball. (Like me.) They’ve got strong Utah connections...
    Updated Jan 11 2016 11:57 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Don’t shoot the Mormon stud muffin?
    Lots of pixels spilled today on those Y’all Qaida buffoons up in Oregon. Including the religious angle. — Why the Oregon occupiers are citing the Book...
    Updated Jan 05 2016 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Some editorial writer inside baseball ...
    For the new year, a little editorial writer’s inside baseball. A beautiful piece from one of the giants of the game, Paul Greenberg of the Arkansas D...
    Updated Jan 04 2016 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The House Republicans choose Rep. Greg Hughes, left, as the new House Speaker during a closed election meeting at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. At right is house speaker Rep. James Dunnigan. Debate: Time for the (________) of the Year ...
    Our friends at The Arizona Republic also name a person who had the most impact over the course of the last year. This year, their Arizonan of the Year...
    Updated Dec 30 2015 12:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Peggy Tomsic, attorney for Utah Planned Parenthood, right, and CEO Carrie Galloway CEO of Planned Parenthhod of Utah leave the Federal Court building in Salt Lake City Thursday October 15.  The family planning organization is suing Utah Governor Gary Herbert for cutting of its federal funding. Debate: The politics of health ...
    Editorial writers and editorial page contributors are on about people’s health. Maybe thinking about New Year’s resolutions ... — Planned Parenthood c...
    Updated Dec 29 2015 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Incoming House Speaker Greg Hughes speaks during a meeting with  interns for the 2015 session in the Senate building, Thursday, January 15, 2015. Debate: About that Utahn of the Year. If not Hughes, then who?
    We got a lot of reaction — thank you — to our annual Christmas edition announcement of The Salt Lake Tribune’s Utahn of the Year. — Utahn of the Year...
    Updated Dec 28 2015 01:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson speaks at the Global Gaming Expo Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Debate: Some news about the news business ...
    Some of what’s going on in the Wide, Wide World of Journalism. (All with a tip o’ the green eyeshade to Jim Romenesko): Remember the mystery in Las Ve...
    Updated Dec 23 2015 03:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A naturally-mummified young woman is part of ’Mummies of the World: The Exhibition’ at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City, through March 6, 2016. The collection of about 200 mummies explors the links between mummies, science and medicine. Debate: Gruesome, yes. But Leonardo would dig it (up)...
    I can’t say that I totally disagree with the Public Forum letter published in The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday. The one about how The Leonardo museum in...
    Updated Dec 22 2015 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Get those Dream Headlines in ...
    The Dream Headlines tradition here at The Salt Lake Tribune is something we borrowed from another newspaper where I used to work. It’s a list of headl...
    Updated Dec 21 2015 03:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this Dec. 12, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a town hall meeting in the Convocation Center on the University of South Carolina Aiken campus in Aiken, S.C.  Trump’s supporters don’t see his plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. as ’xenophobic’ or an ’appeal to hate,’ but rather as an entirely reasonable response to a clear and present threat. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro) Debate: Chaffetz’s big lie a distant fourth...
    Well, Jason Chaffetz didn’t get elected speaker of the House. And he didn’t win the PolitiFact Lie of the Year, either. Kind of a wash. The Utah congr...
    Updated Dec 21 2015 12:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: We’ve got no power, Captain!
    If anyone out there tried to call or email anybody at The Salt Lake Tribune this morning, you might have guessed that we had no electricity here until...
    Updated Dec 17 2015 04:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: About that castle (or prison) in the swamp ...
    They finally let me on Trib Talk this afternoon. We talked about the big stories of the year 2015, including the decision to move the state prison fro...
    Updated Dec 16 2015 02:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Osman Ahmed takes a photo of his son Jabrail Ahmed 16, with Rep. Jason Chaffetz at the Khadeeja Islamic Center, Monday, December 14, 2015. Debate: Good Jason/Bad Jason. Stands up to Trumpism. Gets nominated for ‘Lie of the Year’
    [Video: John Oliver takes Jason Chaffetz apart. Leading to Jason’s “Lie of the Year” nomination.] Today’s Salt Lake Tribune editorial had lots of ni...
    Updated Dec 16 2015 11:21 am   |     |   Share