Campaign 2020
Associated Press/Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune (file)

The wealth of the land

Politics | Federal agencies and local governments wrestle with how to best steward Utah’s rich natural resources
by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/13/20, 06:48 pm

WASHINGTON—When President Donald Trump moved to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, locals breathed a sigh of relief. The Obama administration’s designation of the area as a national monument in 2016 brought an influx of visitors the region didn’t have the infrastructure to handle.

Read more

Reforming Trump

Politics | Some random contacts offer ideas
by Joel Belz
Posted 2/13/20, 04:53 pm

To say that President Donald Trump marches to his own drummer is to cut off debate before it even begins. You may or may not like the way he’s gone about things—but either way, you’re pretty much forced to agree that his has been a unique approach.

But just suppose that one of his aides were to email you this week to say: “The president is seeking some thoughtful outside-the-box thinking. If you had the ability and power to change just one thing about his administration, what would it be?”

Read more

Evan Vucci/AP

Teflon and toxicity

News analysis | A momentous week in Washington brings acquittal for Trump, angst for Democrats, and acrimony for many
by Jamie Dean
Posted 2/13/20, 01:09 pm

As Patricia Schroeder cooked eggs for her children one morning in 1983, the Democratic congresswoman from Colorado contemplated her non-stick pan and created a moniker for President Ronald Reagan. 

In a speech on the House floor, Schroeder called Reagan a “Teflon” president—nothing seemed to stick to him. Schroeder didn’t mean it as a compliment, but the nickname stuck. Admirers of Reagan later said he transcended criticism in part because of his calm demeanor. 

Read more