Barbara Walters, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI die; 6 candidates for HD 60 special election; huge winter storm hits Utah
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Situational Analysis | Jan. 2, 2023

Good morning and Happy New Year! Today is World Introvert Day. For those of you who celebrate, enjoy your cozy time at home, recharging for re-entry back into the working world tomorrow.

Also, go Utes! 🌹 

Be in the Know

  • Barbara Walters died on Friday at age 93. She was the first woman to become a TV news superstar, paving the way for many to follow. Katie Couric, writing in the New York Times, says Barbara Walters didn't take no for an answer. Oprah Winfrey credits Walters with the start of her own career. "I pretended to be her," she said
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  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died on Saturday. He resigned in 2013, becoming the first to take emeritus status in 600 years. His body is lying in state at the Vatican before his funeral on Wednesday.

  • Six people have filed to run in the special election for House District 60. They are McKay Jensen, Sylvia Andrew, Tyler Clancy, Kimberly Nelson, Joe Brockbank and Jared Oldroyd. The election will be held Jan. 14. 

Rapid Roundup

 

The health of the Colorado River affects the livelihood of all Utahns.

The Colorado River is in crisis. Deadlines for decisions regarding its future are rapidly approaching. Learn more about the river’s past, present and future and how it affects us all.

 

Utah Headlines

General

  • Utes take part in service project ahead of Rose Bowl (KSL Newsradio)
  • Utah Valley Historical Society meeting to focus on BYU connection to slavery (Daily Herald)
  • On my honor: Jack McCain on duty, helping Afghan refugees, and living up to his father’s legacy (Deseret News)
  • Editorial Board: What will ’23 bring? You can choose. The future will be the sum total of millions of individual decisions made on a daily basis. Your acts of kindness can multiply to literally change the world (Deseret News)

Politics

  • Jan. 6 transcript: Fake elector plot was 'Mike Lee's idea', witness testified (KUTV)
  • Year in Review with host Jason Perry and guests Glen Mills, Lindsay Aerts and Max Roth (Hinckley Report)
  • These new laws go into effect in Utah on Jan. 1, 2023 (ABC4)
  • Locally developed camera-equipped ballot boxes coming to some Cache County communities (Cache Valley Daily)
  • Mitt Romney looks at what was accomplished in 2022 (Deseret News)
  • The fate of the American conservative. The Republican Party of the early 21st century is barely recognizable. What is its future? (Deseret News)

Business

  • Salt Lake City bakeries to close, more victims of historic inflation (ABC4)
  • Perspective: Is your boss on your DOS? How remote work monitoring can work (Deseret News)
  • The U.S. economy took a wild ride in 2022. Where is it headed next? (Deseret News)

Culture

  • How to make new friends — and feel closer to old ones — in 2023 (Deseret News)
  • An inflection point for GOATs: Please quiet quit these 'banished words' moving forward (NPR)

Education

Environment/Energy

  • The dark night of winter. War in Ukraine is sparking an energy crisis across Europe (Deseret News)

Health

  • The benefits of ‘Dry January’ last longer than a month, studies show (Washington Post)

National Headlines

General

  • Big banks predict recession, Fed. pivot in 2023 (Wall Street Journal)
  • ‘You’re a slave’: Inside Louisiana’s forced prison labor and a failed overhaul attempt (Washington Post)
  • Jeremy Renner - the Avengers 'Hawkeye' - is in critical but stable condition after being injured while plowing snow (AP)

Politics

  • EXPLAINER: How the House of Representatives elects a speaker (AP)
  • McCarthy offers concessions to detractors with House Rules package (The Hill)
  • Ginni Thomas says she regrets post-election texts to Mark Meadows (AP)
  • In her own words: Pelosi steps back after decades in charge (Washington Post)
  • New liberal Latino lawmakers are preparing to challenge the status quo (Washington Post)
  • Hope Hicks to aide on Jan. 6: ‘We all look like domestic terrorists now’ (The Hill)
  • Outgoing Republican leaders condemn Santos, suggest resignation (Politico)

Ukraine 🇺🇦 

  • Russia presses its Ukraine strategy, fires 40 drones at Kyiv (AP)
  • Ukraine says it shoots down all drones in third night of strikes on civilian targets (Reuters)
  • Ukrainian attack kills at least 63 Russian soldiers in the occupied city of Makiivka. Russia proxy official calls it a 'massive blow' (New York Times)
  • Ukraine faces grim start to 2023 after fresh Russian attacks (AP)

World News

  • Femicides in Mexico: Little progress on a long-standing issue (AP)
  • In Afghanistan, coal mining relies on the labor of children (NPR)
  • Islamic State claims responsibility for an attack on Taliban forces in Kabul. (Reuters)
  • How Russia's war on Ukraine is worsening global starvation (New York Times)
 

News Release

Western Interstate Hydrogen Hub concept paper receives positive recommendation

A regional hydrogen hub in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming is one step closer to reality after the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program issued an “Encouraged” recommendation for the concept paper submitted by Western Interstate Hydrogen Hub (WISHH). According to the DOE, reviewers only issued “Encouraged” recommendations to 33 of the 79 concept papers that were submitted earlier this fall.

A regional hydrogen hub in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming is one step closer to reality after the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program issued an “Encouraged” recommendation for the concept paper submitted by Western Interstate Hydrogen Hub (WISHH). According to the DOE, reviewers only issued “Encouraged” recommendations to 33 of the 79 concept papers that were submitted earlier this fall. (Read More)

 

Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Jan 2, 2023

 

Tweet of the Day

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Upcoming

  • Utah Economic Outlook and Public Policy Summit with the Salt Lake Chamber — Jan. 12, 2023, Salt Lake City Marriott, 8 am - noon, Register here
  • Legislative session begins, Jan. 17, 2023, le.utah.gov
 

On This Day In History

  • 1776 - Congress publishes the Tory Act, describing how the colonies should “handle” those who remained loyal to the British crown
  • 1811 - First censuring of a U.S. Senator, Timothy Pickering, who publicly revealed secret documents
  • 1839 - Louis Daguerre takes the first photo of the moon
  • 1854 - Alice Marry Robertson is born. An educator, social worker and Native American rights activist, she was America’s first female postmaster and the second woman to serve in Congress.
  • 1868 - Alice Merrill Horne is born. She was elected to the Utah state legislature in 1898 and began Utah’s art program.
  • 1890 - President Benjamin Harrison welcomes Alice Sanger as the first female White House staffer
  • 1892 - Lillian Leitzel is born. She became a “strongwoman” and acrobat with Ringling Brothers and the biggest name on the circus circuit.
  • 1903 - US President Theodore Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black
  • 1965 - Martin Luther King, Jr. starts a voting drive in Selma.
  • 1974 - President Nixon signs national 55 mph speed limit into law
  • 2009 - Eric Holder confirmed as the first Black US Attorney General
  • 2017 - US House Republicans vote to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, a public uproar forces them to back down the next day
  • 2018 - US senator Al Franken resigns

Wise Words

"Most of us have trouble juggling. The woman who says she doesn’t is someone whom I admire but have never met."

Barbara Walters


On the Punny Side

I don’t always whoop.

But when I do, there it is.

 

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