The expected incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says that when Democrats take over the chamber, they plan to investigate the rise in hate crimes and the ways President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric may be enabling it. In a letter to top administration officials on Tuesday, New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler said the Trump administration appears focused on “targeting specific racial and ethnic minorities as the suspected main sources of domestic terrorism.” He pointed to the Homeland Security Department’s plans to track Muslims and the FBI’s focus on “Black Identity Extremism” as part of a “concerning trend.” [WaPost]

Happy Wednesday.

Topping the news: Utah Rep. Rob Bishop introduced a bill to name a new V.A. building in North Ogden City after Brent Taylor, the city’s former mayor and a Utah National Guard major who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month. [Trib] [ABC4]

-> Latino businessman David Ibarra entered the 2019 race for Salt Lake City mayor on Tuesday. If elected, he would likely become the first-ever ethnic-minority mayor in the city. [Trib] [DNews] [FOX13]

-> A government watchdog agency cleared Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing after an inquiry into whether he shrank the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to exclude a parcel of land owned by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab. [APviaTrib]

Tweets of the Day: From @angelinachapin: “‘13 men, zero women.’ Fun boy band or all-male group deciding the future of America’s health care?”

-> From @senorrinhatch: “I’m not sure where you’ve been the last 240 years but Senator Orrin G. Hatch never dies.”

Happy birthday: To Temma Martin and former state Rep Janice Fisher.

In other news: The Salt Lake City Council is considering raising its salary for the first time in nearly four decades in an effort to encourage people of all income groups to run for office. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]

-> Salt Lake City is preparing to host a United Nations conference on pressing world issues next year — the biggest international event held in the state since the 2002 Olympics. [DNews]

-> The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a formal expression of interest in hosting another Olympic Winter Games. [DNews]

-> Salt Lake City Councilman Derek Kitchen left his last council meeting Tuesday night as he prepares to replace Sen. Jim Dabakis as one of a few Democrats in the Utah Legislature in January. He called his last day with the council “bittersweet” and reflected on his affordable housing accomplishments. [Trib]

-> As the Utah Legislature prepares to vote on a “compromise” medical marijuana bill that would swap out the ballot initiative voters approved in the midterms, cannabis advocates warn patients may go to Wendover to find relief. [FOX13]

-> Utahns have notably higher rates of residence changes than people in other states — a mobility that could be due to a high population of young people and to missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [Trib]

-> An LDS women’s group criticized the Trump administration’s decision to use tear gas at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling the use of the chemical on migrant children indefensible. [FOX13]

-> Pat Bagley says money is the root of all Republicans. [Trib]

Nationally: The special counsel’s office, which is conducting an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, said in a new court filing that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort repeatedly lied to federal investigators in breach of a plea agreement. [NYTimes] [CNN]

-> Trump has kept up tough talks with China, but it’s likely he will try to come to some sort of trade agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping due to anxiety over the cost of a prolonged trade war. [NYTimes] [CNN] [WSJ]

-> The U.S. government is edging toward another government shutdown after Trump announced he will not be conceding on his demand for $5 billion for the southern border wall. Democrats have shown few signs of giving in to his demands. [NYTimes]

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— Taylor Stevens and Cara MacDonald