Daily Bread for 1.27.20

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy, with a high of thirty-five.  Sunrise is 7:13 AM and sunset 5:01 PM, for 9h 47m 54s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 6.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred seventy-fifth day.

The Whitewater Unified School District meets in closed session at 6 PM, with open session beginning at about 7 PM. 

On this day in 1880, Edison receives a patent for an incandescent light

Recommended for reading in full —

Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt report Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says:

President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.

The president’s statement as described by Mr. Bolton could undercut a key element of his impeachment defense: that the holdup in aid was separate from Mr. Trump’s requests that Ukraine announce investigations into his perceived enemies, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, who had worked for a Ukrainian energy firm while his father was in office.

Mr. Bolton’s explosive account of the matter at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, the third in American history, was included in drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates. He also sent a draft to the White House for a standard review process for some current and former administration officials who write books.

Multiple people described Mr. Bolton’s account of the Ukraine affair.

The book presents an outline of what Mr. Bolton might testify to if he is called as a witness in the Senate impeachment trial, the people said. The White House could use the pre-publication review process, which has no set time frame, to delay or even kill the book’s publication or omit key passages.

Emily Holden and Jimmy Tobias report New Emails Reveal that the Trump Administration Manipulated Wildfire Science to Promote Logging (‘The director of the US Geological Survey asked scientists to “gin up” emissions figures for him’):

Political appointees at the Interior Department have sought to play up climate pollution from California wildfires while downplaying emissions from fossil fuels as a way of promoting more logging in the nation’s forests, internal emails obtained by the Guardian reveal.

The messaging plan was crafted in support of Donald Trump’s pro-industry arguments for harvesting more timber in California, which he says would thin forests and prevent fires—a point experts refute.

The emails show officials seeking to estimate the carbon emissions from devastating 2018 fires in California so they could compare them to the carbon footprint of the state’s electricity sector and then publish statements encouraging cutting down trees.

The records offer a look behind the scenes at how Trump and his appointees have tried to craft a narrative that forest protection efforts are responsible for wildfires, including in California, even as science shows fires are becoming more intense largely because of climate change.

James Reilly, a former petroleum geologist and astronaut who also said the numbers would make a “decent sound bite,” and acknowledged that wildfire emissions estimates could vary based on what kind of trees were burning but picked the ones that he said would make “a good story.”

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