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Situational Analysis | June 27, 2023

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What You Need to Know

  • Vladimir Putin responded to the failed Wagner revolt led by Yevgeny Prigozhin in a 5-minute address. Putin said the insurrection failed because "the entire Russian society united" around Putin's government. Russian officials made efforts on Monday to emphasize a return to normal. Prigozhin said his goal was not to oust Putin.

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • $317M is coming to Utah to expand access to high-speed internet (KSL)
  • Kari Lake defamation case: what could happen? (Deseret News)
  • Like clean air? UTA gets $17 million to replace some diesel buses (Deseret News)
  • Provo Municipal Council candidate forum set for Thursday (Daily Herald)
  • Celeste Maloy explains she is a registered Republican, not voting in last two elections after candidates question her eligibility (KSL Newsradio)

General Utah news

  • Utah officers fired over 30 shots at reportedly suicidal woman, bodycam shows (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Body of 14-year-old boy recovered from Hyrum Reservoir (KSL TV)
  • Salt Lake’s Winter Games bid ‘on the right track,’ U.S. Olympic official says (Deseret News)
  • Ex-BYU professor sentenced to 2 years of probation in student sex abuse case (KSL)
  • UDOT hosts public meetings to discuss I-15 changes in Spanish Fork (KSL TV)


  • Flight canceled amid bad weather? What you need to know about rebooking, refunds and more (AP)
  • Why high-powered people are working in their 80s (Wall Street Journal)
  • AI for job hunting: Smart idea or risky business? (Fox13)
  • Children’s Entrepreneur Market encourages young entrepreneurs (KSL TV)


  • Mormon crickets scurry across Nevada streets. Here’s a look back at the cricket war of 1848 (Deseret News)
  • With every step, this Utah troupe keeps Polynesian culture alive, but a potential threat looms (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Ruth Franklin: 75 years ago, ‘The Lottery’ went viral. There’s a reason we’re still talking about it (New York Times)
  • 2 Utah filmmakers tell the wild, unauthorized story of ‘American Gladiators’ (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • In classrooms, teachers put AI tutoring bots to the test (New York Times)
  • Nation’s Report Card shows scores fell, but Utah fares better than most states (KSL Newsradio)
  • It’s almost time to resume student loan payments. Not doing so could cost you (AP)
  • Gen Z never learned cursive. The effects of this are more widespread than you think (Deseret News)


  • What is ‘watermelon snow’? The phenomenon turning Utah’s mountains pink and red (KSL TV)
  • U.S. Magnesium plans to challenge study naming them as major polluter (KSL Newsradio)
  • Salt Lake County offering e-bike voucher program (KSL Newsradio)
  • Colorado scientists delve into cattle intestines to cut greenhouse gas emissions (KUER)


  •  Free entry to Utah's Hogle Zoo for families of military personnel and veterans (Fox13)
  • From dinner plate to loving homes: 20 rescued dogs to arrive in U.S. after escaping China's meat trade (KUTV)
  • Editorial Board: To make sure babies get their bottles, the U.S. needs a new formula (Washington Post)


  • Unlocking mental agility: New study says short exercise bouts may shield against Alzheimer’s (Deseret News)
  • How to stop sweating so much (New York Times)
  • A.I. may someday work medical miracles. For now, it helps do paperwork (New York Times)
  • This toxic plant is reported to have caused death in humans and livestock (UPR)
  • Severe period pain is often dismissed in teens. Many have endometriosis (Washington Post)


  • Tenants say a 3-year ban on evictions kept them housed. Landlords say they’re drowning in debt (AP)
  • ‘Everyone should have a safe and secure home’: Prince William launches plan to end homelessness in the U.K. (Deseret News)

National Headlines


  • U.S. Coast Guard launches investigation into Titan submersible implosion (Deseret News)
  • Colorado Springs mass shooter pleads guilty; defendant called a ‘monster’ who hunted LGBTQ+ patrons (AP)
  • This Bull Market Is just getting started, traders bet (Wall Street Journal)
  • Wall Street slips as investors eye Russia, Fed hikes, quarter-end (Reuters)
  • Intensifying rains pose hidden flood risks across the U.S. (New York Times)


  •  DeSantis unveils an aggressive immigration and border security policy that largely mirrors Trump’s (AP)
  • Supreme Court unfreezes Louisiana redistricting case that could boost power of Black voters (AP)
  • The Supreme Court’s biggest decisions are coming. Here’s what they could say (AP)
  • Andy Kessler: The high cost of losing elections (Wall Street Journal)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • U.S. keeps up weapons shipments to Ukraine with new $500M package (Reuters)
  • Minefields and Menace: Why Ukraine’s pushback Is off to a halting start (New York Times)
  • In a Ukrainian town, an 11-year-old navigates a childhood transformed by war (New York Times)
  • What we know about Russia’s armed rebellion and its aftermath (Deseret News)


  • Russia tries to restore control, as Putin blasts mutineers (Wall Street Journal
  • Deutsche Bank tells investors some of their Russian shares are missing (Reuters)
  • Many people have fled Venezuela. These migrants are returning (Washington Post)
  • Hunger kills hundreds after US and UN pause food aid to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, officials say (AP)
  • Conditions for Guantanamo detainees are cruel, inhuman and degrading, UN investigator says (AP)

Numbers of the Day

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Tweet of the Day

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  • United Utah special election convention — June 27, 7:00 p.m., Hunter Library
  • Democratic special election convention — June 28
  • Municipal election filing period for cities using ranked choice voting — Aug. 8-15
  • 'Titan of Public Service' gala recognizing Senator Mitch McConnell and former Transportation and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, hosted by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation — Aug. 22, 7 p.m., Register here
  • Municipal/Special election primary — Sept. 5
  • General election — Nov. 21

On This Day In History

  • 1829 - English scientist James Smithson establishes the Smithsonian Institution 
  • 1844 - Joseph and Hyrum Smith killed in Carthage, Illinois
  • 1880 - Helen Keller is born
  • 1893 - Prices collapse at the New York Stock Exchange drawing the United States into a deep economic depression.
  • 1950 - President Truman orders U.S. forces to Korea
  • 1978 - Gillette Co. receives a patent for the first successful erasable ball-point pen.
  • 1985 - Route 66 decertified, highway signs removed.
  • 2008 - Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • 2015 - Activist Bree Newsome removes Confederate flag from South Carolina State House.
  • 2017 - Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook has reached 2 billion monthly users
  • 2019 - U.S. Supreme Court rules 2020 census cannot contain a question about citizenship in a 5-4 ruling 
  • 2019 - U.S. Supreme Court rules the Constitution doesn't prohibit partisan gerrymandering, allowing a ruling party to redraw electoral boundaries

Quote of the Day

"Everyone in the community has a role to play in transforming our community."

—Bree Newsome

On the Punny Side

Apple is designing a new automatic car.

They're having trouble installing Windows!


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