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An inland port sounds great until you start thinking about how all those ships will get to it.

A lighthearted look at news of the day:

You can come out now. The Utah Legislature has adjourned.

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Give Utah lawmakers credit for timing. Who else would launch an inland port on the same week the president launches an international trade war?

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It’s no secret conservative Utah lawmakers don’t like the way liberals control Salt Lake City. Still, it was a bit much to see them put the United Nations in charge of the city’s northwest quadrant.

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Actually, lawmakers created an Inland Port Authority that will plan the development of the rest of the vacant land in Salt Lake City. The city would get two seats on this board, which is one more than West Valley City and the Department of Transportation get. An inland port sounds great until you start thinking about how all those ships will get to it.

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Maybe the first act of the new port authority will be to dig a trench to the Pacific Ocean.

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Meanwhile, lawmakers decided to change the name of the Utah Transit Authority to the Transit District of Utah because, well, no one knows why, exactly. Apparently, the Ministry of Trains, Buses and Junk Like That was too long to fit on a sign.

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You’ve got to give President Donald Trump credit for uniting the country. You rarely see the kind of bipartisan unanimity that opposes his steel and aluminum tariffs.

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Trump told allies he was going to be flexible in how the tariffs are assessed. He didn’t include any details, but if I were a foreign head of state, I’d start by tweeting some gratuitous compliments in his direction.

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The tariffs appear to be directed primarily at China, a strategy that seems to be working. By the end of last week, knockoff watches were selling for a dollar more on eBay.

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State lawmakers gave up on the idea of renaming a highway in southern Utah after Trump. They were worried too many drivers would start out on the road but quickly resign or get into legal trouble.

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A Donald Trump Highway is an intriguing idea. Instead of traditional road signs, the Utah Department of Transportation could install message boards that throw random insults at passing cars.