Obama official says Trump broke protocol in touting job numbers before official release. Utah sues opioid manufacturer. Pleasant Grove police chief under fire for campaign signs.
Happy Friday. President Barack Obama’s former economic adviser this morning floated the idea that President Donald Trump should be barred from getting the monthly jobs report in advance, after Trump tweeted out what appeared to be a tease of the strong numbers. He tweeted just after 7 a.m. this morning, ahead of the official release of job numbers that show unemployment fell to 3.8% in May, the lowest since April 2000. Such details that are market driving information, are closely held. [Politico]
Topping the news: House Speaker Greg Hughes applauded Utah’s decision to sue a top opioid manufacturer and assured the state will not settle for an out-of-court settlement. [Trib]
-> Pleasant Grove’s police chief, who is running for Utah County sheriff, was accused of breaking the law by putting up campaign signs while in uniform. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @annalecta: "John Boehner drinking a Bloody Mary on stage while delivering a keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference is my spirit animal”
-> From @JenAshleyWright: "Never look up why Dinesh D’Souza is trending. It will always make you angry.”
Happy Birthday: To John Inch Morgan, Executive Director of the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center. And on Sunday to The Tribune’s Senior Managing Editor Matt Canham and USU Eastern’s Greg Dart.
Behind the Headlines: Tribune Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr, government and politics editor Dan Harrie and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including the return of Utahn Josh Holt from a Venezuelan prison and which citizen initiatives are headed to the November ballot. Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” online at kcpw.org or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.
In other news: Lisa Burnette was named as the new director of the Salt Lake City 911 Bureau by SLC Mayor Jackie Biskupski. [Trib]
-> A Navajo Nation judge will not dismiss lawsuits alleging that Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in an LDS Church foster program. [APviaTrib]
-> A Mississippi police officer was fired following allegations the officer used excessive force against a 19-year-old basketball player who recently signed to Utah State University. [APviaTrib]
-> Robert Gehrke says Utah’s ballot initiative law is flawed and needs reworking. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley predicts who President Donald Trump might pardon next. [Trib]
-> The abrupt decision to impose steep tariffs on allies has created global angst and confusion. [Politico]
-> At a political event in Michigan, former House Speaker John Boehner commented on the current state of the GOP: ’There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party.” [Politico]
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-- Thomas Burr and Connor Richards