Russian missiles hit hospital in Dnipro; funeral services for Dick Nourse today; Memorial Day weekend to see heavy traffic, storms
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Situational Analysis | May 26, 2023

It's Friday and we're looking at a 3-day weekend. Utah Policy will take the day off on Monday and we'll be back in your inbox on Tuesday morning. If you're traveling, give yourself plenty of extra time and be safe out there!

What You Need to Know

  • Russia sent missiles into a hospital in Dnipro, Ukraine, killing 2 and injuring at least 23, including two children. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described it as a crime against humanity. Also, a Russian S-300 missile hit a dam in the Karlivka district of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk province, placing nearby settlements under threat of severe flooding.

  • With the deadline looming, Biden and McCarthy narrow in on a budget deal to lift debt ceiling. A two-year deal would raise the debt limit for that time, past the 2024 presidential election. The two sides appear to have reached agreement on key issues, such as spending caps, funding for the Internal Revenue Service and the military. Lawmakers are not expected back at work until Tuesday.

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Rep. Chris Stewart: Congress won’t reauthorize surveillance powers without ‘meaningful reform’ (Deseret News)
  • Former national security adviser John Bolton is asked a question: Are we safe? (Deseret News)
  • Sen. Mike Lee says he’ll delay debt ceiling deal unless cuts are ‘substantial’ (Deseret News)
  • Watchdog groups back lawsuit against Utah's redistricting, allege partisan gerrymandering (KSL)

General Utah news

  • Bystander killed in West Valley City when stolen car hits spike strip, loses control in neighborhood (KSL)
  • Sugar House man notices sinkhole of "unknown depth" in front yard, at a loss for solutions (KSL Newsradio)
  • Nebo Loop road in Payson Canyon completely washed away due to spring runoff (KUTV)
  • Some campsites and trails in northern Utah are either snowed in or ‘flooded out’ (KUER)


  • Can food be holy? What different religions believe about food and fasting (Deseret News)


  • The rehabilitation counseling master’s degree from USU is ranked sixth nationally in the latest U.S. News and World Reports college rankings and received the highest ranking among all graduate programs in the state of Utah this year. (Deseret News)
  • Republicans may be easing their demand to boost defense spending (KSL Newsradio)


  • Logan Mayor Holly Daines issued an executive order declaring the Logan River a disaster area and prohibiting all citizens from entering the area because of flooding risks. (KSL)
  • Little Cottonwood gondola to be included in Wasatch Front’s long-term transit plan after contentious meeting (Deseret News)
  • Push underway to designate Great Salt Lake as Utah's 6th national park (KUTV)


  • Navigating tech with your teens: What parents can do (Deseret News)
  • Where can Utah families turn for support when mom, dad or other caregiver dies? (Deseret News)
  • FTC probing whether infant formula companies ‘colluded’ on WIC bids (Deseret News)


  • More than 200 lingering symptoms have been reported in patients who suffer ongoing health problems after a covid infection. Now a new study has identified 12 key symptoms that best define the debilitating condition known as long covid.(Washington Post)
  • New technology has allowed a paralyzed man to walk again using brain signals (Deseret News)
  • Using sugar alternatives for weight loss? New WHO study advises against it (Deseret News)

National Headlines


  • The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group Stewart Rhodes was sentenced to 18 years in prison for orchestrating a weekslong plot that culminated in his followers attacking the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP)
  • Judge denies request to withhold letter from Brian Laundrie’s mom where she offers to help him ‘dispose of a body.' ‘If you’re in jail, I will bake a cake with a file in it. If you need to dispose of a body, I will bring show up with a shovel and garbage bags,’ the letter reads (Deseret News)
  • America aged rapidly in the last decade as baby boomers grew older and births dropped (AP)


  • CPAC treasurer accuses CPAC chief Matt Schlapp of financial, personnel mismanagement in a scathing resignation letter (Washington Post)
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said if elected president he will consider pardoning all Jan. 6 defendants, including former President Trump, on day one. (The Hill)
  • "It should outrage all Americans," former U.S. Capitol Police officer Michael Fanone said, slamming talks of pardoning Jan. 6 rioters charged with crimes. (The Hill)
  • A GOP-led Texas House investigative committee that spent months looking into Attorney General Ken Paxton has recommended impeaching the fellow Republican after years of scandal. The state House could remove him soon as Friday. (AP)
  • Lawmakers in several states are embracing legislation to let children work in more hazardous occupations, longer hours on school nights & in expanded roles including serving alcohol in bars & restaurants as young as 14. (AP)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Minneapolis county illegally kept more money than it should have when it sold 94-year-old Geraldine Tyler’s one-bedroom condo over unpaid taxes (AP)
  • Supreme Court: EPA water rule went too far, was too vague (Deseret News)
  • Trump workers moved Mar-a-Lago boxes a day before FBI came for documents (Washington Post)
  • Are the anti-Trump forces starting to implode? (Politico)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • For more than a year, photographers with The New York Times and other news organizations have chronicled the Russian-Ukraine war, capturing a slice of soldiers and civilians' experiences. Some images, our photographers say, will never leave them. (New York Times)
  • Scarred by war, Ukrainian children carry on after losing parents, homes and innocence (AP)


  • Kidnappings, shootings, and the threat of sexual violence are forcing Rohingya refugee women to live in fear. (The New Humanitarian)
  • Caught on camera: Greece has been abandoning migrants at sea (Deseret News)
  • Opinion: China and Russia don’t have the advantage of a united G7 (Deseret News)
  • Rights groups slam severe Taliban restrictions on Afghan women as ‘crime against humanity’ (AP)

News Releases

Gov. Cox names new members to Utah Board of Higher Education

Gov. Spencer Cox has named 10 new members to serve on the Utah Board of Higher Education. These nominations are subject to approval by the Utah Senate. Gov. Cox is nominating the following to serve as new board members: Javier Chavez Jr., Amanda Covington, Jon Cox, Sharon Eubank, Danny Ipson, Tina Larson, Steve Neeleman, Aaron Skonnard and Cydni Tetro. Holly Talbot has been named to serve as the student member of the board. (Read More)

Nominees announced for 5th District Court vacancy

The Fifth District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for vacancy on the Fifth District Court. This position results from the retirement of Judge G. Michael Westfall effective Aug. 31, 2023. The nominees for the vacancy are: Ryan Christiansen, Attorney/Section Director, Utah Attorney General’s Office; Von Christiansen, County Attorney, Beaver County; Eric Gentry, Deputy County Attorney, Washington County Attorney’s Office; Susan Hunt, Instructor of the Practice, Utah Tech University; Nicholas Mills, City Attorney, Kaysville City. (Read More)

WSU announces vice president of new Student Access & Success division

Weber State University’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee has approved the selection of Jessica Oyler as the inaugural vice president of Student Access & Success. The new SAS division aligns areas of Enrollment Management & Student Success with areas that fell under the former Student Affairs division. The vice president of SAS position replaces the vice president of Student Affairs and will report dually to the president and provost.

Utah Treasurer and Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs reunite $709,000 with 750 veterans

The Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs (UDVMA) and the Utah Office of State Treasurer have reunited $709,197 in lost money with 750 Veterans as the result of a joint campaign launched in November 2022. By securely matching records through the Utah Division of Technology Services, the two agencies were able to identify around 22,000 veterans that may have property or money in their name waiting to be claimed. Those veterans were contacted directly by mail or email and instructed on how to claim money that is rightfully theirs. (Read More)

Moore leads legislation to support small business growth

Today, Congressman Blake Moore (UT-01) introduced legislation to support small business growth and help small businesses attain the equipment necessary to build their operations and bolster their workforce. Currently, Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code allows small businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment. Under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the deduction cap was lifted to $1 million from $500,000, which helped small business get the equipment they needed to expand their operations. The Small Business Growth Act will build on this success by lifting the deduction cap to $2 million with a phase-out threshold of $3.5 million. (Read More)

Owens introduces bill to stop accreditors from forcing political agendas

Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) introduced the Accreditation for College Excellence (ACE) Act, legislation to prohibit accreditors from requiring the colleges they accredit to meet any political litmus tests, such as requiring adherence to DEI standards, as a condition of accreditation. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, May 26, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Northern Utah Conference to End Sexual Violence — May 31, USU Eccles Center, 8:30 am-4:00 pm, Register here
  • Intellectual Property Rights webinar with the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation — June 1, 10:00 am, Register here
  • Bolder Way Forward Launch — June 9, 9 am-1 pm, Zions Technology Campus, Register here
  • Interim Days — June 13-14, Utah State Capitol,

On This Day In History

  • 1647 - Alse Young becomes the first person executed for witchcraft in the American colonies when she is hung in Windsor, Connecticut.
  • 1805 - Lewis and Clark first spot the Rocky Mountains.
  • 1857 - US slave Dred Scott and family freed by owner Henry Taylor Blow, only 3 months after US courts ruled against them in Dred Scott v. Sandford
  • 1868 - President Andrew Johnson acquitted in impeachment trial.
  • 1924 - President Calvin Coolidge signs into law the Immigration Act of 1924, the most stringent U.S. immigration policy in the nation’s history up to that point.
  • 1927 - Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford
  • 1930 - US Supreme Court rules that buying liquor does not violate the Constitution
  • 1951 - Sally Ride is born. She became the first American woman to go into space in 1983 and the youngest, at age 32.
  • 1972 - US President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT accord
  • 1984 - US President Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war
  • 2019 - Nine climbers die in a week on Mt Everest after overcrowding leads to a huge queue to reach the summit

Quote of the Day

"The best advice I can give anybody is to try to understand who you are and what you want to do, and don't be afraid to go down that road and do whatever it takes and work as hard as you have to work to achieve that."

—Sally Ride

On the Punny Side

I got arrested today for walking out of an art museum with a painting.

I’m just so confused because earlier when I asked the security if I could take a picture they said “yes”.


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