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Spicer cracks down on White House leaks

Dylan Byers, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:02am

White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently checked his aides' cell phones to ensure they weren't communicating with reporters as part of an aggressive effort to stem the recent tide of White House leaks.

Utah GOP reverses decision to drop Count My Vote lawsuit

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:38pm

The Utah GOP is reversing its decision to drop a legal challenge of the Count My Vote election law change that allows candidates a pathway to a primary ballot by gathering signatures.

Lawmaker pushes for 'cooling-off period' to withhold officers' names in critical incidents

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 7:22pm

A Utah County legislator is sponsoring a bill to keep the names of officers involved in critical incidents secret for months to allow a "cooling-off period" for the public, but a former police chief and a media lawyer say it would do the opposite.

Sessions' tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:27pm

The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend.

Trump's choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:21pm

President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests.

Utah students organize public hearing on climate change

Ryan Morgan  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:20am

Hundreds of Utah residents crowded a Capitol meeting room Thursday to support an informal public hearing for a resolution recognizing a consensus on climate change.

Democrats elect Perez national chairman

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:31pm

Democrats chose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party's electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump.

Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:04pm

The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court.

Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:09pm

President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner — sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes.

Lawmaker: Utah should take over Bears Ears monument

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:43pm

Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, unveiled a resolution Friday that proposes the state acquire the Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County and work with Native American tribes to establish a management plan.

The Latest: Obama congratulates Perez as new DNC leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:34pm

The Latest on the selection of a new national leader of the Democratic Party (all times local):

AP Explains: Why the Democratic Party chair race matters

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:55pm

National Democrats will elect a new chair whose task is to steady a reeling party and capitalize on the widespread opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.

White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:09pm

The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

Bill requires doctors to follow script on stopping drug-induced abortion

Jared Page  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:10pm

The Utah House of Representatives voted 56-13 to support a bill requiring doctors to inform women who want a drug-induced abortion that it can be stopped if they change their minds after taking the first of two pills required in the procedure.

Trump blasts media, anonymous sources — after WH uses them

Nancy Benac and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:44pm

President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.

White House bars major news outlets from gaggle

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:14pm

News organizations including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on the record White House press briefing on Friday.

Best tactic for some governors is to avoid mention of Trump

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:18pm

These should be heady times for the GOP as the nation's governors prepare to gather for their winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Republicans hold 33 governorships, compared with just 16 for Democrats, and the GOP has full control of the legislatures in two-thirds of the states.

Gail Miller says Our Schools Now 'won't let up' on getting more money for schools

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:53am

Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller said Thursday that she and other backers of the Our Schools Now ballot initiative to raise the state income tax rate to fund education are going to keep the pressure on lawmakers.

Judge asks US election commission to weigh in on lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:29am

A federal judge has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to say whether its executive director had the authority to unilaterally require people to prove their citizenship in order to register to vote using a federal form in Kansas, Georgia and Alabama.