Daily Bread for 1.12.21

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be overcast with a high of thirty.  Sunrise is 7:23 AM and sunset 4:43 PM, for 9h 20m 33s of daytime.  The moon is new with 0.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is both the one thousand five hundred twenty-sixth day and the sixty-seventh day. 

Whitewater’s Public Works Committee meets via audiovisual conferencing at 6 PM.

On this day in 1932, Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.

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Tim Craig, Holly Bailey, and Matt Zapotosky report State capitals face threat of armed protests, FBI warns:

On Saturday, heavily armed demonstrators surrounded the Kentucky Capitol. The protesters, dressed in camouflage and carrying assault weapons and zip-tie handcuffs, vowed to continue to support Trump while railing against Gov. Andy Beshear (D) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

At a news conference Monday, Beshear vowed he would not be “intimidated,” and he called on Americans to reject those who threaten the symbols and buildings that represent the country’s democratic principles.

“These are not the actions of people who believe in this country. These are people who believe they can bully and intimidate other individuals,” Beshear, visibly angry, said. “To anybody who believes that domestic terror is the way to go, we will be ready for you. We will not back down.”

In Wisconsin, state workers on Monday began boarding up ground-level windows of the Capitol in Madison in anticipation of the protesters. In Arizona, officials had erected a double-layer chain-link fence around the Capitol complex in Phoenix. In Michigan, a state that has been on edge since the FBI disrupted a plot in October to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), a state legislative committee voted Thursday to ban residents from openly carrying guns inside the Capitol in Lansing.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) called up 750 National Guard troops to help protect the Capitol, where the legislature kicked off its annual session Monday.

Jennifer Schuessler reports Hundreds of Historians Join Call for Trump’s Impeachment:

More than 300 historians and constitutional scholars have signed an open letter calling for the impeachment and removal of President Trump. They say his continuation in office after encouraging supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol posed “a clear and present danger to American democracy and the national security of the United States.”

Those who signed the letter, released on Medium on Monday, include best-selling authors like Ron Chernow, Taylor Branch, Garry Wills and Stacy Schiff, as well as many leading academic historians. A number of the signatories had joined a previous letterin December 2019, calling for the president’s impeachment because of “numerous and flagrant abuses of power” including failure to protect the integrity of the impending 2020 election.

“Since November 2020,” the new letter says, “Trump has refused to accept the results of a free and fair election, something no president before him has ever done.”

Politically, the condemnation by historians may carry less weight than the president’s loss of support in recent days from business groups that once supported him or his policies. But David Greenberg, a historian at Rutgers who drafted the new letter, said that historical expertise mattered.

“Trump has defied the Constitution and broken laws, norms, practices and precedents, for which he must be held accountable now and after he leaves office,” the letter says of his presidency. “No future president should be tempted by the example of his defiance going unpunished.”

Japan’s Hokuriku region blanketed by record snowfall:

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