Daily Bread for 12.7.19

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of forty.  Sunrise is 7:12 AM and sunset 4:20 PM, for 9h 08m 26s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 79.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

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

On this day in 1941, seventy-eight years ago, Imperial Japan attacks the American naval base at Pearl Harbor.

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Katelyn Ferral reports The Wisconsin National Guard gave sexual assault accusers waiver forms to avoid police:

At least two soldiers who say they were sexually assaulted while serving in the Wisconsin National Guard say they either were asked by Guard officials to sign forms waiving their right to notify local law enforcement of the assaults or encouraged to file generic police reports only as a formality, indicating that the military was handling it.

Records obtained by the Cap Times in both cases show that the victims signed or were asked to sign the same form waiving their right to notify local law enforcement.

In one case, a soldier who filed a formal report of sexual assault with the Guard, aiming to trigger an investigation against her perpetrator, says she was told by the Guard’s Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Maj. Robert Brania, that she needed to make the police report as a “formality” but advised her to make it generic.

“You don’t want the cops coming to his house and bothering his family. Just keep it vague and tell them the military is handling it,” she recalled that she was told. “Why is the state SARC telling me not to name his name?”

The soldier requested anonymity because she still works for the Guard.

She later filed a more detailed police report on the advice of her Special Victims Counsel, which is a type of attorney the military assigns to sexual assault victims.


The National Guard Bureau’s investigators later substantiated her sexual assault allegations. Wisconsin Guard officials later allowed her perpetrator to retire with benefits and rehired him as a private civilian contractor.

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Previously: Wisconsin National Guard’s response to sexual-assault allegations ‘an absolute train wreck,’ federal investigator says and Email shows former DOJ leaders coordinated with Wisconsin National Guard to keep feds out of sexual assault investigations.

Paul Sonne, Greg Miller, and Josh Dawsey report As impeachment tide swirls around Trump, Giuliani drops anchor in Ukraine:

Even as the House of Representatives began drafting charges against President Trump this week, his private attorney, who many believe is partly responsible for leading Trump on the path to his likely impeachment, made an audacious trip to the country at the center of the scandal.

Rudolph W. Giuliani departed Kyiv after meeting with a range of Ukrainians who have been feeding him unproven allegations against former vice president Joe Biden and helping construct a counternarrative that is taking hold in the Republican Party. The latter story line asserts that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, including with the baseless theory that Ukraine, rather than Russia, was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

How Trump Got Caught Red Handed by the Impeachment Inquiry:

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