The wife of the U.S. treasury secretary took aim at the Trump administration on social media over animal-trophy imports. Louise Linton, a Scottish-born actress married to Steven Mnuchin, was upset that the government authorized the import of a lion trophy from Tanzania. “Americans should not be permitted to kill exotic animals for fun!!” she wrote. [WaPo]
Topping the news: Former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman is vying for a third term as Utah governor in the 2020 election, more than 10 years since he last held the position. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [StandEx]
-> The massacre of nine U.S. citizens in La Mora, Mexico, has spurred some calls for the legalization of polygamy in Utah. [Trib]
--> Dianne Nielson, the retired Department of Environmental Quality director and one of Utah’s first and longest-serving female leaders in state government, has died at age 71. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @HeerJeet: “The American constitution is pretty clear on this. The President can be impeached for treason, bribery or other high Crimes and misdemeanors, so long as they have pizzazz, get good ratings and, you know, entertain us. Otherwise, bugger off.”
-> From @Olivianuzzi: “Left unsaid by the Very Serious Journalists condemning the insufficiently entertained: saying the hearing was boring is not necessarily criticism or a plea for drama. If people are too bored to pay attention, the hearings may not have the impact that Democrats want them to have.”
-> From @JeremyBRoberts: “Nickelback Albums Released During Gubernatorial Tenure
1. Mike Leavitt - 4
2. Olene Walker - 0
3. Jon Huntsman Jr - 2
4. Gary Herbert - 3
Happy Birthday: Clayton Scrivner, communications director for Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation.
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Also in the news: The president’s son, Eric Trump, called Sen. Mitt Romney “principled,” and said the Trump campaign doesn’t see the Utah Republican as a worry ahead of the 2020 elections. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee was among several lawmakers who want to remove restrictions on the amount of leave married couples working at the same company may take for the birth of a child or caring for a sick parent. [DNews]
-> Although Utah doctors are permitted to recommend medical cannabis, patients say they are having trouble finding physicians willing to do so. [Fox13]
-> A Provo charter school known for its unorthodox academic approach to teaching children has filed for bankruptcy less than three years after its opening. [Trib]
-> Columnist Robert Gehrke notes that U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart showed up to the Wednesday impeachment hearing but argues he didn’t do himself any favors while there. [Trib]
Nationally: Takeaways from the first day of public impeachment hearings, held to examine whether President Donald Trump abused his power in his request for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. [CNN]
-> House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used the word “bribery” to describe the president’s actions when he withheld aid from Ukraine while pressing for a public investigation of his political opponents. [NYTimes] [CNN] [WaPost]
-> President Trump might actually release a transcript of his first phone call with the Ukranian President after a month-and-a-half-long debate among aides over the idea. [CNN]
-> Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not be filing for the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire. [CNN]