Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, talks to journalists in the combined Deseret News and KSL newsroom in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

A lighthearted look at news of the day:

Feelings in Washington are mixed as 2018 begins. Republicans are afraid the good economy will end, and Democrats are afraid it won’t.

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The year began with a spirited international debate over the size of buttons controlling nuclear bombs. Apparently, the biggest button results in the biggest bang.

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This was followed by insightful news stories pointing out that President Trump doesn’t actually have a nuclear button on his desk. Turns out that for 11 months now he’s just been turning on and off a light in a nearby hallway.

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Meanwhile, the Senate is considering ordering a psychological examination of Sen. Orrin Hatch. They want to know why someone would retire without a pending indictment.

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I won’t say Hatch has served a long time in Washington, but when he was first elected, the web was a tangled thing to weave, Barney Google had nothing to do with searching the world’s accumulated knowledge, and if you asked someone, “Do you Yahoo?” they expected you to hand them a chocolate drink.

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Of course, when Hatch first was elected, North Korea was a rogue nation run by a guy named Kim, Cuba was run by a guy named Castro and, while we didn’t know it, we were only months away from the release of a Star Wars movie. Who says the world is changing too fast?

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Trump tweeted last week that he has been “very strict” on commercial aviation, which apparently had something to do with no airline deaths in 2017. Oh, sure, critics will say no commercial plane has crashed in the U.S. for more than four years. They don’t realize the president goes on the White House roof several times a day and helps direct planes to Reagan Airport.

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Trump last week said his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, not only lost his job when he was fired, he also lost his mind. That's a pretty tough severance package.

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I'll tell you the definition of losing your mind. It's letting someone like author Michael Wolff have free access to the White House.