Daily Bread for 12.26.21: Protecting the Capitol One Year After January 6

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 39.  Sunrise is 7:24 AM and sunset 4:27 PM for 9h 02m 55s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 55.3% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1776, at the Battle of Trenton, the Continental Army attacks and successfully defeats a garrison of Hessian forces.

 The Atlantic presents Protecting the Capitol One Year After January 6:

On January 6, 2021, William J. Walker was head of the D.C. National Guard. He had buses full of guardsmen in riot gear ready to deploy in case Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally turned dangerous. But when rioters violently stormed the Capitol building, the Guard was nowhere to be found. Walker says he was forced to wait for three hours before his superiors allowed him to send in his troops. “My soldiers were asking me, ‘Sir, what the hell is going on?’” Walker says. “‘Are they watching the news? Are they watching what’s going on at the Capitol?’ And I had no answer. I don’t recall ever being in that position, where I did not have an answer for my soldiers.” Now, almost one year later, Walker is the sergeant-at-arms of the U.S. House of Representatives—the first Black man to ever hold that office. The Experiment’s correspondent Tracie Hunte and producer Peter Bresnan visit Walker in his new office at the Capitol to ask him about what happened on January 6, and what he’s doing to make sure it never happens again.

New Perseverance view of Mars’ Jezero Crater explained in this guided tour:

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