Daily Bread for 10.28.20

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of forty-nine.  Sunrise is 7:25 AM and sunset 5:51 PM, for 10h 25m 33s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 91.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand four hundred fiftieth day. 

 The Whitewater Tech Park Board meets at 8 AM.

On this date in 1892, an exploding oil barrel starts a small fire in Milwaukee’s Third Ward that spreads rapidly and by morning leaves four people dead, 440 buildings destroyed, and more than 1,900 people homeless.

Recommended for reading in full — 

Amanda Holpuch reports Trump aide Stephen Miller preparing second-term immigration blitz:

The former homeland security department chief of staff, Miles Taylor, said this wishlist was reserved for the second term because it included policies that were too unpopular for a president seeking re-election.

This comes as no surprise to those who have watched and worried as legal pathways to US immigration shut under Trump, and who wonder not just about for more years of him as president, but also of four more years with Miller at his side.

The 35-year-old has managed to keep his position as a senior adviser to the president after being outed for having an affinity for white nationalism and becoming synonymous with unpopular Trump administration policies such as family separation – when thousands of children were taken away from their parents at the southern border to deter would-be migrants. Three years later, more than 500 kids are still yet to be reunited with their parents.

Jean Guerrero, author of the Miller biography Hatemonger, told the Guardian: “There’s a number of things they have been cautious about because of the legal and political risks in the first term and I think that in a second term you would see Stephen Miller get much freer rein when it comes to his wishlist of items.”

Those items are expected to include attempting to eliminate birthright citizenship, making the US citizenship test more difficult to pass, ending the program which protects people from deportation when there is a crisis is their country (Temporary Protected Status) and slashing refugee admissions even further, to zero.

David Enrich, Russ Buettner, Mike McIntire, and Susanne Craig report How Trump Maneuvered His Way Out of Trouble in Chicago:

The president’s federal income tax records, obtained by The New York Times, show for the first time that, since 2010, his lenders have forgiven about $287 million in debt that he failed to repay. The vast majority was related to the Chicago project.

How Mr. Trump found trouble in Chicago, and maneuvered his way out of it, is a case study in doing business the Trump way.

When the project encountered problems, he tried to walk away from his huge debts. For most individuals or businesses, that would have been a recipe for ruin. But tax-return data, other records and interviews show that rather than warring with a notoriously litigious and headline-seeking client, lenders cut Mr. Trump slack — exactly what he seemed to have been counting on.


Those forgiven debts are now part of a broader investigation of Mr. Trump’s business by the New York attorney general. They normally would have generated a big tax bill, since the Internal Revenue Service treats canceled debts as income. Yet as has often happened in his long career, Mr. Trump appears to have paid almost no federal income tax on that money, in part because of large losses in his other businesses, The Times’s analysis of his tax records found.

 Holiday travel during the coronavirus pandemic:

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