Daily Bread for 11.27.20

Good morning.

Friday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of forty-two.  Sunrise is 7:02 AM and sunset 4:23 PM, for 9h 20m 09s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 93.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is both the one thousand four hundred eightieth day and the twenty-first day. 

On this day in 1924, Macy’s holds its first Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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The Washington Post editorial board writes Biden needs to overhaul our immigration system. Because of Trump, it won’t be easy:

THE PORTION of Americans who favor more immigration stands at the highest level since Gallup began asking the question more than a half-century ago. Nearly 8 in 10 believe immigrants are good for the country. Those views, along with the central role immigrants have played in the United States’ economic success and global standing, buttressed President-elect Joe Biden’s pro-immigration platform.

If he is to implement it, Mr. Biden will also need a single-minded focus on overhauling immigration policy. Which is to say, Mr. Biden must emulate President Trump.

It is broadly true that incompetence has been a hallmark of the Trump White House, yet immigration policy has been a notable exception. The administration has adeptly dismantled decades of immigration policy and norms and, under the relentless tutelage of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, managed to slash legal migration levels by about half compared with 2016. The administration gutted refugee and asylum admissions; halved the entrance of immediate relatives of current U.S. citizens; and, under cover of the coronavirus pandemic, completely halted the so-called diversity migration program, which grants green cards to underrepresented migrant populations, many from Africa.

To reverse course, as he has pledged to do, Mr. Biden would be wise to appoint his own immigration wizard. He made a good start by announcing he will nominate Alejandro Mayorkas, an immigrant himself and a top official in the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security, to lead that department. Mr. Mayorkas has referred to “dreamers,” the young undocumented migrants raised in this country after their parents brought them here as children, as “part of the tapestry of American life” — not exactly the sort of pronouncement one heard from the Trump administration.

David Frum writes Trump Pardoned Flynn to Save Himself:

Here’s the first and most important thing to understand about the crime for which President Trump just pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn: Flynn did not lie to protect himself. He lied to protect Donald Trump.

At the end of December 2016, Flynn had a series of conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. A month later, on January 24, 2017, Flynn was asked about those conversations by the FBI agent Peter Strzok.

From Flynn’s own narrow personal point of view, there was no reason to lie about any of these conversations.


One potential answer [to the question why Flynn lied], I would propose, is that Sessions and Flynn lied about their conversations with Kislyak precisely because they were not in the loop on Trump’s other contacts with Russia. They knew that the swirling Trump-Russia scandal was lethally radioactive. They did not know exactly where the radioactivity was centered. They lied to protect the group secret, without themselves knowing what the group secret was. They lied about their own contacts with the Russian ambassador because they intuited that there was some terrible truth about Russia that Trump would want concealed. And because they did not know that truth, they lied extravagantly and excessively, when a guiltier person might have lied more strategically and precisely.

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