Ghorbani and Weston: The politics of division have no place going forward

In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, the U.S. Capitol at sunset in Washington. | J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press Rep. Chris Stewart’s op-ed last week illustrated the very problem he decried. Rep. Chris Stewart recently argued that misinformation is the greatest threat to our country, deploring how “No...

Congress on the verge of approving massive stimulus

Congress is poised Monday to approve a $900 billion coronavirus rescue package, capping a dramatic final week of negotiations just days before Christmas. Both the House and Senate aim to clear the stimulus bill — which will be paired with a sprawling year-end spending measure — by midnight, when...

Robert E. Lee statue removed from Capitol

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee inside the U.S. Capitol was removed from the building’s crypt Monday morning and will be relocated to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. The removal was conducted by staff from the Architect of the Capitol and attended by members of...

What All the Secession Talk Really Means

As MAGA World’s hopes for an election redo have slipped away, an equally improbable idea has begun to percolate among Donald Trump’s most bitterly disappointed followers: secession. Texas GOP chair Allen West floated the idea of a new union of “law-abiding states,” and Texas State Rep. Kyle Biedermann—previously best...

Pandemic has exacerbated child care center shortage in Utah

Preschool students play a game at A to Z Building Blocks in Orem on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, is sponsoring a bill that would create a tax exemption for child care centers. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Most child...

Breaking down the $900B stimulus package and $1.4T omnibus bill

Congressional leaders on Sunday night unveiled the highlights of a $900 billion fiscal stimulus package and a $1.4 trillion government funding deal that will deliver critical pandemic aid to millions of Americans and pad federal agency budgets through next September. If passed by both chambers on Monday as expected,...

Biden wants to end new oil and gas leasing: What does that mean for Utah?

President-elect Joe Biden announces Pete Buttigieg, the former of South Bend, Ind., as his nominee for transportation secretary during a news conference at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. | Kevin Lamarque, via Associated Press Study says 8 Western states would be severely harmed SALT...

Congress to include ‘surprise’ billing fix in spending package

Congress is set to include a long-elusive ban on “surprise” medical bills as part of the $1.4 trillion year-end spending agreement lawmakers are expected to detail Sunday evening. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told the Capitol Hill press pool Sunday afternoon that the provision was included in the spending bill,...