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Daily Bread for 12.16.20

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of thirty-one.  Sunrise is 7:20 AM and sunset 4:22 PM, for 9h 02m 13s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 4.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is both the one thousand four hundred ninety-ninth day and the fortieth day day. 

The Whitewater-University Tech Park Board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 8:00 AM, and the Parks and Recreation Board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 5:30 PM

On this day in 1864, the Union’s Army of the Cumberland routs and destroys the Confederacy’s Army of Tennessee, ending its effectiveness as a combat unit.

Recommended for reading in full — 

 Molly Blackall reports Mitch McConnell finally concedes the election, but Trump clings on:

Joe Biden headed to Georgia on Tuesday to campaign for the Democrats in January’s crucial Senate run-off races, which will decide who controls the chamber during his administration. Back in Washington, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, broke his silence and finally recognised Biden as the winner of the presidential election. Speaking on the Senate floor, he congratulated “president-elect Joe Biden” and said: “All Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice-president-elect for the very first time.”

Others, however, are still unwilling to hand over the reins; Donald Trump continued to peddle baseless claims of voter fraud, tweeting an article about the backlash against McConnell for conceding and saying it was “too soon to give up”. The press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, also refused to recognise Biden’s incoming administration, saying “the president is still involved in ongoing litigation related to the election” and describing the electoral college confirmation of Biden’s win as “one step in the constitutional process”. But Republicans’ problem with reality runs much deeper, writes David Litts, who argues that their rejection of the election result is one of many examples of the party baselessly disputing facts, from gun violence to the climate crisis.

 Jennifer Steinhauer reports Pandemic Leaves More Military Families Seeking Food Assistance:

Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the United States, has all the trappings of a small American city: shopping centers, a barber shop and social clubs. In a sign of the times, it also has a food bank.

This spring, the Y.M.C.A. on base — which started a food pantry last year to respond to the growing food insecurity among military families — saw a 40 percent increase in requests for groceries. During the same period, grocery requests to AmericaServes, a network that helps military families, jumped to the biggest service request in the organization’s history.

The story is much the same around the country, hunger groups say, for the lowest-income families in the military, who have a specific set of challenges, and different from civilians whose economic fortunes have also been damaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

Spouses of active-duty troops have lost jobs, the same as thousands of other Americans, but are often the least likely to be able to find new ones. Children who rely on free or reduced meals at school no longer are receiving them, and military families often have more children than the national average.

Bill Glauber reports ‘This is my home, this is my city’: Giannis Antetokounmpo is now the pride of Milwaukee:

Sure, he got a supermax contract, which is “NBA speak” for getting more money than you can spend in a lifetime.

But in one beautiful tweet, he made the kind of statement that just takes your breath away:

“This is my home, this is my city. I’m blessed to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let’s make these years count. The show goes on, let’s get it.”

How airlines like United are using passenger planes to transport the Covid vaccine:

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