Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Mitt Romney gives his keynote speech at the 2018 Utah Economic Outlook and Public Policy Summit at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

Here’s a look at the news for Jan. 17.

Is Mitt running? We know as much as you do

Mitt Romney didn’t say anything about running for Senate in Utah on Tuesday, even though he made a public appearance in the Beehive State, according to the Deseret News.

Romney spoke to reporters and attendees at the 2018 Economic and Public Policy Summit in Utah on Tuesday about the lack of action in Washington to fix problems ailing the nation and Utah.

“He said Utah has a lot to teach the rest of the country after showing a series of slides comparing the state favorably to the United States on a number of issues, including debt and job growth,” according to the Deseret News.

Romney said Utah also has a level of “goodness” that needs to be shared, too.

"But I think there's another component to greatness that we can't afford to lose, and that's goodness. I don't think a nation can be considered a great nation that's not good," he said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Rep. Mia Love meets with President Trump

Rep. Mia Love met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday after she condemned vulgar marks he reportedly made last week about her parents' home country of Haiti, according to the Deseret News.

Love said she sidestepped the talk about what Trump specifically said and focused more on his message.

"I tried to do everything I could to stay out of what was said, what wasn't said," she said Tuesday. "This wasn't just about my parents. This was about everyone who has come here, who has worked really hard, who have taken that pledge to become a U.S. citizen."

Love spoke out against Trump over the weekend as his comments appeared in the media. She was one of several politicians who called on Trump to apologize for his remarks, which included calling Haiti and African nations “s---hole countries.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

U. president finalists are meeting with constituency groups

The three finalists vying to become president of the University of Utah will meet Wednesday with three groups who make up and represent the people they will serve, according to Deseret News.

The finalists will meet with groups that include such people as “students, faculty, staff, deans, university trustees and others,” the Deseret News reported.

No one is sure what will happen in those meetings. No one inside can even tweet about what happens, according to Melanie Heath, spokeswoman for the Utah System of Higher Education.

"The finalists will be at the front of the room fielding whatever questions that constituent group will throw at them," Heath told the Deseret News.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Supreme Court to decide on DACA?

The Justice Department will look to ask the Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling and allow the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to The Washington Post.

As of now, the Trump administration has appealed that judge's injunction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The Justice Department will also look to ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the case, which is “an unusual action that would allow the government to bypass the 9th Circuit altogether,” according to The Washington Post.

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DACA is an Obama-era program that helps young undocumented immigrants who have been raised in the U.S. receive work permits.

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