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    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, left, accompanied by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on allegations of misconduct against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Debate: On the Jason Chaffetz Watch, 2
    Some folks from the national media are watching us watch him: — Utah Paper Ups Pressure On Jason Chaffetz: Investigate, Don’t Imitate, Donald Trump — ...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Teacher Chelsie Acosta asks a question during the town-hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Debate: On the Jason Chaffetz Watch ...
    Down the street and around the nation, it’s all Jason Chaffetz, all the time: — Chaffetz’s arrogance and partisanship are no help — Jennifer Rubin | T...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 01:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Debate: Jason Chaffetz’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Night ...
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz is thought to love nothing more than being the center of attention. Tonight may have cured him of that alleged affliction. He rece...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 11:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Chaffetz and Hatch figure in Colbert’s monologue. Sometimes these jokes just write themselves...
    Hatch bit at about 1:45. Chaffetz takes over at 5:13. Utah’s congressional delegation is providing the late night comedians with an never-ending flo...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 05:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    (| Courtesy Photo)    George Will Debate: George Will blogs? Will wonders never cease?
    About 20 years ago, maybe more, I called the Washington Post Writers Group to ask if columnist George F. Will had an email address. Those were still k...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 04:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the California Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Debate: A tale of two State of the States, Utah and California, and #HeWhoMustNotBeNamed ...
    If the State of the State Address delivered Wednesday evening by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was not your cup of tea, you might be more pleased by the Stat...
    Updated Jan 26 2017 02:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Thousands of people attend the Women’s March on the Capitol which began at City Creek Park, and proceeded up State Street to the State Capitol. Participants filled the Rotunda for a rally against bills and stands they say hurt women. in Salt Lake City Monday January 23, 2017. Debate: Thousands march. Police video released. Monday was a good day for open government in Utah ...
    If you are looking for evidence that the people’s voices and right to know still matter, Monday was a good day: — ‘We raised our voices here’: Massive...
    Updated Jan 24 2017 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
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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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    (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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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    F-35 Cockpit Simulator Pilot Eric Best (right) gives Gov. Gary Herbert some instructions to University of Utah Engineering graduate student, Beau Freckleton, as he sits in the cockpit of the F-35 simulator.  Lockheed Martin and Hill Air Force Base teamed up to bring the F-35 interactive cockpit demonstrator to the University Of Utah Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Debate: Just what shade of purple is Rob “Hill Air Force Base” Bishop right now?
    Rep. Rob Bishop, the congressman from Hill Air Force Base and Big Oil, is said to be hoping that his reward for supporting Donald Trump when not every...
    Updated Dec 12 2016 04:04 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this Feb. 20, 1962 photo made available by NASA, astronaut John Glenn pilots the ’Friendship 7’ Mercury spacecraft during his historic flight as the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn, who later spent 24 years representing Ohio in the Senate, has died at 95. (NASA via AP) Debate: John Glenn, American hero
    Video: Clip from the movie “The Right Stuff.” When John Glenn shows himself to be a real American hero by braving the anger of Lyndon Johnson. I love ...
    Updated Dec 08 2016 03:06 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 ...... and Scott Anderson
    Yesterday we outlined how old school money man Warren Buffett is trying to protect his legacy electric utilities from upstart competitors, mostly the ...
    Updated Dec 08 2016 12:21 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