Wednesday in Whitewater will be rainy, with scattered thunderstorms, and a high of seventy-eight. Sunrise is 5:19 AM and sunset 8:37 PM, for 15h 18m 07s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 24.2% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the two hundred thirty-second day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.
On this day in 1914, an assassin kills Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose death leads to a spiraling of war declarations plunging the world into a global conflict. On this day in 1832, Gen. Atkinson and his Second Army travel into Wisconsin in a campaign against Black Hawk.
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I’m a subscriber to both the Washington Post and the New York Times, and Sarah Kendzior’s reply to a Trump tweet rings true. (Indeed, beyond the NYT, there’s a well-circulated theory that Trump is most aggressive against publications that give him partially favorable coverarge or allow his mendacious surrogates more access – that Trump pushes against those who have already yielded in part.)
Only thing fake here is this feud, which benefits both as NYT churns out Trump puff pieces. Note Trump doesn’t go at WaPo, b/c they dig deep https://t.co/UHylFMvM0I
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 28, 2017
Kevin Urmacher reports that Half of Trump’s major federal agencies still only have one Senate-confirmed appointee:
President Trump has a major staffing problem. He has been president for five months, and yet his agencies are severely understaffed at the highest levels. And, no, it’s not all Senate Democrats’ fault.
In the all-important State Department, the Senate has confirmed only one-third of positions that President Barack Obama had at the same point in his presidency. And that’s not because, as Trump claims, Senate Democrats are blocking his nominees. (Democrats can slow-walk committee hearings, but they can’t actually block votes.) Trump is way behind other recent presidents in nominating people for the Senate to vote on.
Russ Choma explains Here’s What Trump’s Latest Failure Tells Us About His Business Empire:
Toronto has had enough of Donald Trump. After more than a decade of drama, Trump’s name is being stripped from a 65-story hotel and condo building in downtown Toronto, following years of financial failure and lawsuits. In the end, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto has become yet another symbol of the flaws of the Trump business empire: construction setbacks, strange financing, angry investors, and empty hotel rooms….
The Toronto tower he leased his name to never lived up to the hype. On Tuesday morning, the Trump Organization and the building’s current owner announced that the president’s name will be removed from the hotel.
Trump spent years promoting the property as a total success and an extension of his brand. His original partners in the project were two Russian-Canadian businessmen, neither of whom had any experience with building a skyscraper. As the building went up, construction delays and other problems—including pieces of the building falling off—set the project back.
Aaron C. Davis and Shawn Boburg report that Trump attorney Jay Sekulow’s family has been paid millions from charities they control:
Before Trump hired him, Sekulow had built a powerful charity empire, leading a team of ACLJ attorneys who jump into high-profile court battles over such hot-button conservative issues as religious liberties and abortion. The ACLJ [American Center for Law and Justice] promotes its work zealously, noting that its representation is free of charge and dependent on the donations of supporters.
That brought in nearly $230 million in charitable donations from 2011 to 2015 — and millions of those dollars ended up going to the members of the Sekulow family or their companies, a Washington Post analysis of IRS tax filings and business records in five states and the District found.
David Welsford explains The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean: