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Was Trump one of the worst presidents of all time?

If more than 140 presidential historians are to be believed, former President Donald Trump will become one of the worst presidents in history.

Trump ranked 41st out of 44 presidents in quadrennial survey of historians made by C-SPAN. Only Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson and James Buchannan ranked lower. Trump was ranked behind William Henry Harrison, who had only been in office for a month, Zachary Taylor, who served just over a year, and James Garfield, who died from an assassin bullet. months after his inauguration.

Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt were at the top of the list. The first 5 are unchanged from the last poll.

Historians have been asked to rank CEOs on 10 characteristics. Trump ranked first in public persuasion (# 32) and economic management (# 34). Trump ranked dead last among presidents in terms of moral authority and administrative skills. His constant time of lies and turmoil in the White House probably had something to do with his low ranking.

Ronald Reagan placed 9th overall, just ahead of Barack Obama, who was 10th. Obama was ranked 12th in the 2017 survey.

Here’s what you need to know for Thursday morning

Utah News

  • The leader of the Utah Republican Party wants to sit down with Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell to discuss Critical Race Theory and why he thinks it shouldn’t be taught in schools across the country. Utah. [Tribune]

  • Utah leaders are pleading with the public to ditch the fireworks this year amid severe drought and high fire danger. [Tribune]

  • President Joe Biden has pledged to help Western states fight forest fires in the region. [Tribune]

  • Representatives Blake Moore and Chris Stewart voted to remove the Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol, while Representatives John Curtis and Burgess Owens opposed the move. [Tribune]

  • The Utah County commission voted Wednesday to lower taxes, overturning a decision to increase property taxes two years ago. [Tribune]

  • Utah residents are moving into RVs, trailers, or vans due to rising rents and house prices. [Tribune]

National News

  • Alan Weisellberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, surrendered to authorities Thursday morning after a grand jury indicted him and the company in a tax investigation. [NYT]

  • The House of Representatives has approved the formation of a committee to examine the events and causes of the Jan.6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by a host of supporters of former President Donald Trump. All four representatives from Utah voted against the investigation. [Politico]

  • More than a dozen arrests in connection with the Capitol bombing were announced on Wednesday, the most in a single day. [WaPo]

  • It’s amazing. The New York Times assembled videos of the Capitol Riot to investigate how the attack happened. [NYT]

  • Republican members of Congress have traveled to the US-Mexico border to cheer on former President Trump during his visit to the region. [AP]

  • Donald Rumsfeld, who served under four different presidents, has died at the age of 88. Rumsfeld served two non-consecutive terms as Secretary of Defense and was the youngest and oldest person in that post. [NYT]

  • Recently updated vote numbers show the New York mayoral race is tightening, with Eric Adams ahead of Kathryn Garcia by around 2%. [NYT]

  • Bill Cosby was released from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction. [CNN]

  • The death toll in the Miami condominium collapse has risen to 18. The bodies of two children were found in the rubble on Wednesday. Hundreds of people are still missing. Rescue work was halted early Thursday morning over fears the rest of the building might collapse [Miami Herald]

  • The horrific heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest may have already killed hundreds of people. [AP]

  • The Chinese Communist Party celebrated its 100th anniversary. Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, said countries attempting to “intimidate” China would face stiff resistance. [CNN]

  • Online brokerage firm Robinhood has agreed to pay a $ 70 million fine to settle a regulatory investigation. [WSJ]

  • Every college athlete in the country is now able to earn money through endorsements. On Wednesday, the NCAA suspended rules prohibiting athletes from selling rights to their names, images and likenesses. [ESPN]

A golden birthday

Today is the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the 26th Amendment, which granted the right to vote to 18-year-olds.

The White House issued a proclamation to mark the milestone, which came into effect on July 1, 1971.

Gen Z voters overwhelmingly voted for Joe Biden in 2020, with 65% voting for the Democratic candidate. This was 11% more than any other age group.

Thursday Morning Utah News Roundup

Utah

  • Latter-day Saint leaders can no longer perform civil marriages among nonmembers. [Tribune]

  • Texas Instruments will acquire the Micron chip factory in Lehi for $ 900 million. [DNews]

  • The downtown USPS offices are moving to a new location Thursday. [KUTV]

  • Experts say gas prices will be the highest since 2014 before the holiday weekend. [Standard Examiner]

  • UTA is considering a major expansion of the Ogden facility prior to the completion of the BRT. [Standard Examiner]

COVID-19[feminine

  • L’Utah signale 574 nouveaux cas de COVID-19 – le plus en plus de deux mois. [Tribune]

  • Health care workers, officials concerned about the recent wave of COVID-19. [FOX13]

Legislature

Local government

  • The Summit County official has “zero aspirations” for the Park City mayor‘s office after soil criticism. [Park Record]

  • Federal funds could flow into Summit County. [Park Record]

Housing

  • A Utah woman is suing after being evicted from student housing in Orem for “expressing suicidal tendencies.” [Tribune]

  • Habitat for Humanity is completing a house, starting another in the same cul-de-sac. [Daily Herald]

Environment

  • More flash floods are “likely” even as Zion National Park attempts to clean up. [Tribune]

  • Snowbird expects emissions to drop sharply with a new energy system. [KSL]

  • More towns in Weber County are warning against fireworks, with vendors crossing their fingers. [Standard Examiner]

Education

  • American Preparatory Academy ordered to pay $ 2.8 million – this time for real. [KUTV]

  • Salt Lake School Board appoints replacement for former board member facing child pornography charges. [DNews]

  • Ogden High principal named new district superintendent after nationwide search. [KSL]

On opinion pages

  • Robert Gehrke: Romney and Curtis are the Utahns with a chance to mend our broken Congress. [Tribune]

  • Andrew Stoddard: My faith LDS leads me to support equality law. [Tribune]

  • Chris Stewart: Yes, there is a win / win on LGBTQ rights and religious freedom. [DNews]

🎂 You say it’s your birthday? !!

Many happy returns to former Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall; Ben Horsely, communications director for the Granite School District; and also Bob Springmeyer, president of Bonneville Research

Do you have a birthday that you would like us to recognize in this space? Send us an e-mail.

– Tribune reporter Connor Sanders contributed to this story.



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