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    President Donald Trump holds a signed Antiquities Executive Order during a ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, Wednesday, April, 26, 2017. The president is asking for a review of the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as ’national monuments.’ (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Debate: President repeats phony argument in attacking national monuments
    The argument from many elected officials in Utah — distressingly echoed Wednesday by the new president of the United States — is that the two big nati...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 12:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah President David Pershing, left, and chairman of the board David Burton speak with the media following a board of trustees closed executive session meeting over the recent firing of Dr. Mary Beckerle, the CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. A decision on her possible reinstatement is expected later in the day on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Debate: Maybe they do read the editorials ...
    In my Sunday column, the one about changing roles on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, I said this: “ ... The decisions we make are independent o...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 01:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Billboard in Utah County on I-15 between Center Street and University Parkway in Provo Tuesday April 11, 2017. Debate: With Trump in the White House, Chaffetz finds the thrill is gone ...
    I did NOT see this coming. — Chaffetz won’t seek re-election, leaves option for 2020 gubernatorial run — Thomas Burr, Matt Canham and Courtney Tanner ...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 10:45 am   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Expressing their displeasure, supporters of Mary Beckerle, acclaimed researcher at Hunstman Cancer Institute, react to the news that she was fired from her post as CEO and director of the Institute. The vocal group attended a meeting at the Health Sciences Education Building on the University of Utah. In an email sent Monday afternoon, Vivian Lee, senior Vice President of Health Sciences at the University of Utah announced the departure with no reason given. Debate: Academic politics. When the stakes are not small at all ...
    There’s an old saw about academic politics being the most vicious because they matter the least. Or not. — Acclaimed researcher fired from top post at...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake Tribune digital editor Rachel Piper, left, reporters Jessica Miller, Erin Alberty, Alex Stuckey and Managing Editor Sheila McCann celebrate as The Salt Lake Tribune)   wins its second Pulitzer Prize in its nearly 150-year history Monday, earning the nod in local reporting for its groundbreaking investigation of rape at Utah colleges. Debate: Those Pulitzer winners and me ...
    [Video: The Announcement. Tribune bit at about 6:30. Storm Lake Times part at 7:58.] I am among those who are deliriously happy for the team of edit...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 03:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo)   The Utah Capitol steps were covered with 600 pairs of shoes in February , representing the lives lost to suicide in 2016. With teen suicide rates rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Utah Department of Health support collecting data on sexual orientation among Utah high schools students, but key school districts have blocked the move, deeming the issue too sensitive for a school survey. Debate: Sex surveys, students and student journalism ...
    Any more, just about everything that happens reminds me of something that happened a long time ago. Here’s what’s happening now: — Utah school distric...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 10:33 am   |     |   Share
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    File - In this June 23, 2012, file photo, inmates watch as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gives a tour for church leaders through a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jail called ’Tent City’ in Phoenix. Newly elected Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced Tuesday, April 4, 2017, that he will be closing the tent city jail in the coming months and relocating inmates to other jails. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) Debate: A Tale of Two Tent Cities
    Guy tells his doctor he’s been having strange dreams. “Sometimes I’m a wigwam. Sometimes I’m a tepee. What does it mean, Doc?” “Obviously, you’re two ...
    Updated Apr 05 2017 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    Robert Redford, left, and Dustin Hoffman in ’All The President’s Men.’ Debate: Redford remembers something serious. I remember what may be the biggest laugh he ever got...
    In honor of this compelling op-ed contribution from Robert Redford ... — 45 years after Watergate, the truth is again in danger — Robert Redford | Spe...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 03:08 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 as the point of contention ...
    — ‘I want Chaffetz out of that seat’: D.C. resident starts anti-Chaffetz PAC — Courtney Tanner | The Salt Lake Tribune “Lynette Craig has a sort-of pe...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 12:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert meets with the Tribune editorial board, Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Debate: We said, Veto, veto, veto. He said, Yes, no, no ...
    The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board last month urged Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill, passed in the recent session of the Legislature, that wo...
    Updated Mar 29 2017 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., departs after speaking to the media after a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Debate: Medicaid expansion rides again ...
    — Obamacare is what we have to work with. Fix it. — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... For seven years, the Republicans who rule this state without sig...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 12:32 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Debate: Who didn’t kill Obamacare? It’s no mystery ...
    — Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Dems — Hope Yen | Associated Press | Salt Lake Tribune “ President Donald Trump on Sunday attac...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Scott Winterton  |  Pool West Jordan city councilman Jeffery David Haaga and his attorney Tyler Ayres turn to leave the court judge Judge Clinton E. Balmforth in South Jordan Justice Court on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Debate: West Jordan’s Haaga resigns. Just like we told him to. Six months ago...
    — West Jordan City Council member should resign after trying to hide behind his office — Tribune Editorial, August 2, 2017 “It appears that Jeff Haaga...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 10:41 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Humpback whales are organizing in large numbers. Star Trek? Or Hitchhiker’s Guide?
    — Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why — Sara Chodosh | Popular Science “The world is ending and only the whales know....
    Updated Mar 16 2017 04:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Bagley vs. Bleiler - Colorado and the Outdoor Retailers ...
    — Why Colorado doesn’t deserve the Outdoor Retailer show — Gretchen Bleiler | For High Country News “I grew up snowboarding in two of the best states ...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Debate: Republicans have steered Obamacare into its ‘death spiral’
    “The Earth is not dying. It is being killed. And the people who are killing it have names and addresses.” — Utah Phillips “Of course we know the Ira...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 03:34 pm   |     |   Share
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    Vice President Mike Pence arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, for a Senate Republican strategy session. The White House and Republican leaders in Congress are scrambling to shore up support for their health care bill after findings from the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 14 million people would lose insurance coverage in the first year alone under the GOP replacement for Obamacare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Debate: Trumpcare. The prognosis is not good...
    In which, we take out back and shoot the idea that if everyone hates what you are doing, you must be doing something right. — Breitbart News Leads T...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    File-In this file photo from Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, people wait to buy the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices outside an Apple store in Hong Kong. Each year, Apple dazzles its devoted fans with faster, sleeker, more powerful iPhones with better cameras and a bevy of bells and whistles. So, what’s to become of last year’s model? Instead of sentencing it to a lonely existence in a desk drawer, there are plenty of ways to reuse, recycle or resell older phones. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) Debate: Chaffetz’s iPhone gaffe takes on a life of its own ...
    Video: This bit from Conan O’Brien’s shop takes for granted that everyone knows about the stupid crack Jason Chaffetz made about choosing health care ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    This Jan. 20, 2016, photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during news conference, in Salt Lake City. Chaffetz says he’ll vote for Donald Trump, despite withdrawing his endorsement. The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee said in a tweet on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, he’d doing it because he believes Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is bad for the country, but he won’t defend or endorse the Republican nominee. A spokeswoman confirmed the tweet Thursday. Chaffetz says a third-party candidate wouldn’t have a serious chance of winning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Debate: Cause and effect? As goes Utah ...
    This morning: — Chaffetz is first congressional Republican to say Sessions should recuse himself from Russia investigation — Thomas Burr | The Salt La...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 04:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville explains HB93 during the Senate Judiciary Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Monday February 27, 2017. HB93 prohibits consideration of diversity issues in the judicial nominating process. Debate: Connecting some dots ...
    We said: — Legislature should not stop judicial nominating process from diversifying the bench — Tribune Editorial, Feb. 17 “A strong argument can be ...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Salt Lake City- Stella Grill bartender Taylor Pape (right) makes a drink as manager Erin O’Conner sits at the counter and is reflected in what the restaurant calls the ’Zion Curtain’ which is a glass divider that separates the counter area from the bar area of the restaurant  Wednesday July 2, 2008.  Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune)   7/2/08 Debate: Liquor laws get real. (In Minnesota.)
    While we are going around and around to make Utah’s liquor laws more complicated: — Utah should keep the Zion Curtain. No, really. — Robert Gehrke — T...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
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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  |   Tribune file photo)   Troy Williams of Equality Utah called Wednesday an ’historic day’ with passage of SB196, striking down Utah’s so-called no-promo homo law. 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