Daily Bread for 12.10.19

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of twenty-one.  Sunrise is 7:15 AM and sunset 4:20 PM, for 9h 05m 49s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 96.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred twenty-seventh day.

The Whitewater Schools’ Policy Review Committee meets at 8 AM, Whitewater’s Finance Committee at 5:30 PM, and the Whitewater Public Works Committee meets at 6 PM.

On this day in 1884, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is first published.

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Katelyn Ferral, Molly Beck, and Patrick Marley report Wisconsin National Guard chief resigns after report shows sexual assault investigations violated state and federal laws:

The chief of Wisconsin’s National Guard resigned Monday following the release of an explosive report that showed the Guard for years botched investigations of sexual assault and harassment, violating state and federal law.

Gov. Tony Evers called for Adjutant General Donald Dunbar’s resignation after learning the Wisconsin National Guard intentionally created its own internal system of investigating sexual assault complaints to shield the Guard from state law enforcement and federal regulators.

“These internal investigations were deficient in a number of ways that adversely impacted commands’ efforts to properly support victims of sexual assault and hold offenders accountable,” said an 88-page report by the federal National Guard Bureau that Evers released Monday.

That system operated with no formal oversight, staffed with state investigators who, in many cases, were not properly trained and portrayed themselves as federal officials to victims.

“In some cases, these investigators identified themselves as ‘National Guard Bureau Investigators’ — even though they conducted their investigations exclusively under the auspices of the Wisconsin National Guard,” according to the report.

“The (reviewers) found numerous, significant deficiencies that compromised the accuracy and legality of the Wisconsin National Guard sexual assault investigations,” the report says.

The Guard had just 15% of the number of certified staff federal policies require to handle such allegations. In some cases, commanders had no idea who these staff were within their own units, Evers’ aides said.

Ann E. Marimow and Jonathan O’Connell report Trump’s private business interests are back at appeals courts in emoluments cases:

Attorneys challenging President Trump’s private business dealings say ongoing revelations about his properties bolster claims that he is illegally profiting through transactions with state and foreign governments.

As challengers head back to court this week, their new court filings point to revelations that the Ukrainian president bragged in a July phone call with Trump about having stayed at Trump’s New York hotel before taking office in his homeland.

They also cite the administration’s decision to host next year’s G-7 summit at Trump’s Doral golf course — a choice abandoned after pointed criticism — as evidence of the president’s conflicts and disregard for boundaries laid out by the Constitution’s emoluments clauses.

Other recent reports could aid plaintiffs as well, including that the Secret Service spent more than $250,000 at Trump properties early in his administration and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) booked a room with state funds at the Trump D.C. hotel, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

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