Nearly a dozen members of the House of Representatives’ incoming class are far from gawky freshmen. They’re experienced policymakers who have worked in previous presidential administrations — seven of them for former President Barack Obama. And they see their return to Washington, in part, as a way to preserve his legacy. “This election is not about changing the country,” said Tom Malinowski, a Representative-elect in New Jersey who served under Obama as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor. “It’s about saving the country.” [NYTimes]

Happy Monday.

Topping the news: Republican Rep. Mia Love officially conceded to Democrat Ben McAdams on Saturday, acknowledging his victory in their tight race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Opioid companies spent close to a million dollars on Utah doctors in recent years through lunches, paid speaking opportunities and more, which research suggests may affect the physicians' behavior. [Trib]

-> As the state legislative session approaches, South Jordan Sen. Lincoln Fillmore has already requested 31 new bills as of Friday, from exploring legal protections for dog owners to advancing the development of digital driver licenses. [Trib]

-> State lawmakers released a third and possibly final revision to the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, which is expected to replace Proposition 2, prior to a special legislative session scheduled for December. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

Tweets of the Weekend: From @jacobrexlee: “Being a BYU fan is hard. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.”

-> From @joshgondelman: “The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the Sunday-est Sunday that ever Sunday-ed.”

-> From @aedwardslevy: “Forget ‘happy holidays’. The only appropriate seasonal greeting this year is ‘are you considering a run in 2020?’”

Happy Birthday: To former Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson and Michael Mitchell, the former executive director of Equality Utah.

In other news: McAdams says he will not support Nancy Pelosi in her bid for another term as House speaker, but he didn’t specify who would earn his support instead in the upcoming leadership votes. [Trib]

-> Sen.-elect Mitt Romney slammed President Donald Trump over his reaction to the murder of Saudi Arabian dissident journalist Jamal Kashoggi, calling the president’s reaction inconsistent “with basic human rights." [Trib] [DNews]

-> At Jim Hansen’s funeral on Saturday, Utah’s longest-serving U.S. House Representative was remembered fondly for his love of people and his dedication to timeliness and punctuality. [Trib]

-> A top administrator in Salt Lake City’s Information Management Services department was fired last month following an investigation that found he engaged in “offensive behavior” related to sex and religion. [Trib]

-> Twenty percent of the items Salt Lake City residents put in their blue recycling bins end up in the landfill. The city’s ‘recycling police’ monitor the bins to make sure they don’t include trash. [Trib]

-> Utah’s Medicaid expansion initiative will legally go into effect at the beginning of December and is expected to be fully rolled out by April — a tight deadline the Utah Department of Health and Medicaid is already working toward. [Trib]

-> Utah County, where Silicon Slopes is fueling more high-tech work, ranked No. 6 in the nation for creating new jobs over the past year, according to federal data released Wednesday. [Trib]

-> Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke said passage of Proposition 4, the ballot initiative creating an independent redistricting commission, was a huge movement toward better government — but argues it will be up to citizens to hold the government accountable to take action. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley illustrates the players on the president’s football team. [Trib]

Nationally: Mexico is deporting a group of up to 500 migrants who tried to storm the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday. The attempt to cross into the United States proved violent, and the American military attempted to repel the migrants with tear gas. [BBC] [CNN] [Fox] [WSJ]

-> The latest National Climate Assessment, a report that explores current and future effects of climate change, was released Friday. The report found that predicted impacts of climate change in prior assessments have become a reality, and new predictions suggest flooding in the near future. [NYTimes] [BBC]

-> Trump criticized the CIA for saying the prince of Saudi Arabia was responsible for the killing of Kashoggi, the Saudi Arabian dissident journalist, saying the agency only had “feelings” on the matter. [NYTimes] [Fox]

-> The president asked the Supreme Court to allow his appeal on the transgender military ban to skip the federal district courts and go straight to the Supreme Court, which would deviate from standard protocol. Up to this point, no federal courts have made a decision on the matter. [NYTimes]

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-- Taylor Stevens and Cara MacDonald