On day three of the Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, threatened to release secret emails, even if it meant being expelled from the Senate. Later mocked by Republicans as grandstanding, Booker may be looking beyond the confirmation process. He is one of three Senate Democrats on the committee, including California’s Kamala Harris and Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar, said to be contemplating a presidential run in 2020 — and there’s nothing like a nationally televised hearing to grab attention and amass footage for future campaign commercials. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: Some news platforms have speculated that Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow, might have been the senior official who wrote the anonymous op-ed slamming President Donald Trump in the New York Times. He has denied those claims strongly, stating: "Anything sent out by me would have carried my name. An early political lesson I learned: never send an anonymous op-ed.” [Trib] [DNews]
-> Recent polls on medical marijuana legalization show a slight decrease in support for Proposition 2 after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed formal opposition to the initiative. But 64 percent of Utahns still back it. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Navajo leaders are seeking the state’s help in remedying San Juan County’s voter rolls, which list tribal members in incorrect boundaries and may affect the group’s political clout. The roster shows some Navajos as living in rivers, canyon walls and as far away as Russia. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @petridishes: “boy for a guy with no opinions on anything Brett Kavanaugh sure picked the wrong profession.”
From @SenMikeLee: “One protester today actually referred to our system of government as a “republic.” That made me happy.”
From @Olivianuzzy: “texting all my sources “Congrats on your gig as a New York Times columnist!” until someone says thank you."
Happy Birthday: To former state Rep. Fred Hunsaker and Ken Verdoia, KUED’s former director of production.
And shout out to the Hinckley Report, which begins its third season of political analysis this evening. Catch the show at 7:30 p.m. on KUED Channel 7 or online.
Behind the Headlines: Tribune Washington bureau chief Thomas Burr, politics editor Dan Harrie and editorial page editor George Pyle join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines”at kcpw.org, or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.
In other news: The Salt Lake County Board of Health opted Wednesday to support Proposition 3, a ballot initiative that would expand Medicaid, but withheld an opinion about Proposition 2, which would legalize medical marijuana. “You can’t call it medicine,” one doctor explained to the board. [Fox13]
-> Jenny Wilson, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate against Republican Mitt Romney, still has a lot of ground to make up if she wants to catch her opponent. Currently, polls show he has 55 percent of votes while Wilson holds 29 percent. [DNews]
-> A man in Price who allegedly said he wanted to kill the president and was arrested last month for illegally carrying six guns and driving under the influence of alcohol faced court Wednesday, where he was leveled with gun charges. [Fox13]
-> A collective of several major hospital groups launched a drug manufacturing company based in Salt Lake City on Thursday, hoping to tackle drug shortages and high prices that have plagued the medical industry for years. [APviaKUTV]
-> Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke points out that moving a chunk of the Department of the Interior to Utah might help in some ways, but it probably wouldn’t significantly change the way lands are managed. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley illustrates Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as Trump’s only friends. [Trib]
Nationally: Almost the entire White House cabinet and leadership team — including the vice president, secretary of state, defense secretary and treasury secretary — have denied writing the anonymous New York Times op-ed piece posted earlier this week. The president’s administration is calling for the person’s identity to be revealed at once, tweeting in response: “TREASON?” [NYTimes] [BBC] [Politico]
-> After weeks of anger from Democrats over the withholding of thousands of pages of documents pertaining to Kavanaugh, the records were leaked into the public view on Thursday. The aftershock resulted in a partisan brawl during the candidate’s third confirmation hearing. [Politico]
-> The Justice Department has charged a spy from North Korea with one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and with wire fraud, which likely caused hundreds of million dollars worth of damage in the past five years. The same man has also been accused of hacking the UK’s National Health Service. [BBC] [NYTimes]
-> House Freedom Caucus members may once again push the government into a shut down, eager to force Democrats to vote on Trump’s border wall with Mexico. But the group is split this time, with some members pleading for cooler heads. [Politico]
-- Taylor Stevens and Cara MacDonald