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Tax breaks for the wealthy, Medicaid cuts for low-income in Senate health care bill

Tax breaks for the wealthy, Medicaid cuts for low-income in Senate health care bill

Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage.The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy insurance and let states get waivers to ignore some coverage standards that "Obamacare" requires of insurers. And it would end the tax penalties under Obama's law on people who don't buy insurance — the so-called individual mandate — and on larger...

June 22, 2017
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President Trump calls U.S. attorney for Utah a ‘garbage disposal unit’ for closing Hillary Clinton probe

President Trump calls U.S. attorney for Utah a ‘garbage disposal unit’ for closing Hillary Clinton probe

Washington • President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning called U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber “a garbage disposal unit” for . Huber, who has served as Utah’s top federal prosecutor since 2015, — with mining stakes in the western United States — to a Russian nuclear agency as well as Clinton’s handling of classified emails. In January, after a multiyear investigation, Huber ended the investigation. Trump, during a Wednesday morning tweetstorm, praised a spoof Twitter account about Huber while slamming the real federal prosecutor. Undercover Huber is a great spoof, funny, but at the same...

June 3, 2020
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Utah students can still go to school after direct exposure to COVID-19, health department says

Utah students can still go to school after direct exposure to COVID-19, health department says

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for , sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please or become a . Utah students will be allowed to go to school even if they’ve been directly exposed to COVID-19, Under what officials are calling “a modified quarantine,” parents will be given the choice to keep their child home or send them back to class after close contact with the contagious virus — which they can do as long as the student is not showing any symptoms and no one in their...

July 30, 2020
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Trump rally highlights vulnerabilities heading into election

Trump rally highlights vulnerabilities heading into election

New York • President Donald Trump’s return to the campaign trail was designed to show strength and enthusiasm heading into the critical final months before an election that will decide whether he remains in the White House. Instead, his in Oklahoma highlighted growing vulnerabilities and crystallized a divisive reelection message that largely ignores broad swaths of voters — independents, suburban women and people of color — who could play a crucial role in choosing Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The lower-than-expected turnout at the comeback rally, in particular, left Trump...

June 21, 2020
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‘Black Lives Matter’ and other messages about justice are painted on Park City’s historic Main Street

‘Black Lives Matter’ and other messages about justice are painted on Park City’s historic Main Street

View Caption The words “Black Lives Matter” — along with messages of solidarity, unity and justice — now run the length of Park City’s historic Main Street. Four murals were painted on the pavement of Park City’s popular commercial district over the Fourth of July weekend, a collaborative project spearheaded by the city government and the . “They wanted to show their support for the issues going around in the country,” said , a Pacific Islander artist who painted the “Solidarity” mural by Main Street’s 400 block. “I’ve seen these types of issues happen my whole life,” said Louis, whose...

July 7, 2020
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2 lawmakers urge Utah to allow curbside, home delivery of beer during coronavirus

2 lawmakers urge Utah to allow curbside, home delivery of beer during coronavirus

Utah shoppers can have everything from milk and carrots to laundry soap and toilet paper delivered to their homes or available for curbside pickup at grocery stores. The only . That rule, argue Sen. Derek Kitchen and Rep. Joel Briscoe, needs to change during the coronavirus pandemic. The two Salt Lake City Democrats sent a letter recently to Gov. Gary Herbert urging him to suspend the state law temporarily and “allow customers to purchase alcoholic beverages that are available at grocery stores, through curbside pickup and home delivery.” It’s one more way to protect those trying to stay...

July 6, 2020
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Sen. Mitt Romney criticizes President Trump for clearing ‘nonviolent’ protesters for a ‘photo op’

Sen. Mitt Romney criticizes President Trump for clearing ‘nonviolent’ protesters for a ‘photo op’

Washington • Sen. Mitt Romney on Wednesday criticized the Trump administration for clearing a nonviolent protest across from the White House so . The Utah Republican, , suggested that the active duty military soldiers should not be used to quell protests and should be left to police and National Guard soldiers. Romney said the “murder of George Floyd shocked and sickened me,” . Floyd’s death has prompted protests, some violent, in major American cities, “I respect those who have protested, who have demanded that we must address racism and brutality,” Romney said in a statement. “From the...

June 3, 2020
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Mitt Romney attacks Trump’s foreign policy as helping Russia, China

Mitt Romney attacks Trump’s foreign policy as helping Russia, China

For a second day in a row, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney attacked President Donald Trump’s foreign policy as helping China and Russia but hurting U.S. allies. That came as he questioned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday. Romney — the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, who once — praised Pompeo for trying to rally global opposition to China’s misdeeds and aggression, but at the same time criticized the president. He said Pompeo’s actions are “a welcome departure from the president’s fawning praise of [Chinese leader] Xi Jinping and celebration...

July 30, 2020
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Zion National Park rangers looking for vandals who painted rocks blue

Zion National Park rangers looking for vandals who painted rocks blue

Park rangers at Zion National Park are asking anyone with information about the people who painted sandstones in the northwest corner of the park to come forward. Officials said that a day or two before July 8 vandals painted blue squares in an area about a mile south of the in the Kolob Terrace area. The squares measure 3 feet by 3 feet and officials think the graffiti is part of a “masonry or art project,” according to a news release. Jeff Axel, acting spokesperson for the park, said investigators suspect it was likely the former — and someone was trying to use the paint to capture the...

July 31, 2020
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Provo Daily Herald ceases printing a Sunday edition

Provo Daily Herald ceases printing a Sunday edition

The Provo Daily Herald is not a daily print newspaper anymore. Beginning this weekend, it will no longer deliver a Sunday edition — instead, subscribers will receive a Saturday-morning paper labeled “Weekend Edition.” “I’m very excited with the introduction of the Weekend Edition, one big weekend edition filled with great community content you have come to expect from the Daily Herald,” said publisher Scott Blonde . of the Ogden Standard-Examiner, which, as of Wednesday, had not announced that it is cutting any of its print editions. Blonde and editors at both the Daily Herald and...

April 8, 2020
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