Daily Bread for 11.30.19

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will see scattered showers with a high of thirty-nine.  Sunrise is 7:05 AM and sunset 4:22 PM, for 9h 16m 50s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 17% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred seventeenth day.

On this day in 1864, Union forces are victorious at the Battle of Franklin (Tennessee), repulsing repeated Confederate assaults.

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Paul Kane writes Analysis: On impeachment, gender gap grows wider

Poll after poll shows a clear majority of women support both Trump’s impeachment in the House and a conviction in the Senate that would remove him from office, while roughly 6 in 10 men oppose such an outcome.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll, taken just before public hearings began, found that 56% of women supported impeachment and removing Trump from office, while just 40% of women want the president to stay in office. By contrast, 54% of men oppose impeachment, the poll showed.


Just look at the 2018 midterm elections, when 59% of women voted for the Democratic congressional candidate, and 51% of men voted for the Republican candidate.

Susan Simpson writes Here’s the Proof that Trump’s “No Quid Pro Quo” Call Never Happened:

At the heart of the impeachment inquiry, members of Congress may have been mistakenly led to believe that there were two phone calls between President Donald Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland in early September—with the second call having the possibility of helping the President’s case. That’s not what happened. There was only one call, and it was highly incriminating.

The call occurred on September 7th. In this call, Trump did say there was “no quid pro quo” with Ukraine, but he then went on to outline his preconditions for releasing the security assistance and granting a White House visit. The call was so alarming that when John Bolton learned of it, he ordered his’ deputy Tim Morrison to immediately report it to the National Security Council lawyers.

Sondland has testified there was a call on September 9th in which Trump said there was “no quid pro quo,” but that he wanted President Zelenskyy “to do” the right thing. A close reading of the publicly available evidence shows that the latter call was actually the very one that sent Morrison to the lawyers, and that Ambassador Bill Taylor foregrounded in his written deposition to inform Congress of the quid pro quo.

As this article was in the publication process at Just Security, the Washington Post published a report raising doubts about the existence of the September 9 call. The analysis that follows is consistent with the Post’s report and, among other points, shows why Sondland’s “no quid pro quo” call is in fact  the same as the September 7th call that Morrison reported to NSC lawyers on September 7th.

(Emphasis added. See article for its full, detailed analysis.)

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