Friday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of thirty. Sunrise is 6:38 AM and sunset 4:38 PM, for 9h 59m 45s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 85.1% of its visible disk illuminated.
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Greg Sargent lists Four big facts that blow up the GOP’s latest defense of Trump:
Republicans are road-testing yet another deeply absurd defense of President Trump: They are conceding that, yes, there may have been a quid pro quo, but there’s no proof Trump himself was behind it.
Trump himself suspended the military aid.
Trump personally ordered acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to inform budget officials that the aid that had already been appropriated by Congress was being frozen, officials told The Post.
Trump did this one week before his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump demanded the investigations he wanted, explicitly mentioning Biden and the conspiracy theorythat Ukraine, not Russia, hacked the Democratic emails to set up Russia and Trump.
Giuliani publicly confirmed the whole plot, and that he was acting at Trump’s direction.
Trump froze the aid to Ukraine at a time when Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani had already said publicly for months that he was pressuring Ukraine to carry out these investigations. As far back as early May, Giuliani explicitly said he wanted those investigations to target both the conspiracy theory and Biden specifically.
Those texts demonstrate the meaning of [Ambassador to the E.U] Sondland’s confession.
Those texts between Sondland and other ambassadors and Ukrainian officials show him negotiating, at the direction of Giuliani and the White House, for Ukraine’s “anti-corruption statement” to mention both the 2016 Ukraine-hack conspiracy theory and Burisma, the company where Biden’s son worked that’s central to a fabricated tale of Biden corruption.
Pence directly delivered the message about suspended aid to Ukraine.
On Sept. 1, the same day Sondland informed a top Zelensky aide that the military aid was conditional, Vice President Pence met with Zelensky.
Zelensky raised the withheld aid with Pence. And as The Post reports, Pence informed Zelensky that the administration was “still looking at” the aid, i.e., it was on hold. Pence also told Zelensky he needed to do more to fight “corruption.”
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Foxconn wants to omit firefighting sprinklers in part of its factory, and a consultant says that’s safe:
Foxconn Technology Group wants permission to omit sprinkler protection in part of its factory — the second fire-related code variance the company has sought.
A consultant’s report, prepared for Foxconn’s construction management team and included in a group of planning documents released last week by a state agency, says sprinklers can safely be omitted in the factory’s “stocker” areas if certain recommendations are followed.
Mary Cain explains She Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until She Joined Nike: