Daily Bread for 12.9.20

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of forty-nine.  Sunrise is 7:14 AM and sunset 4:20 PM, for 9h 06m 00s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 33.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is both the one thousand four hundred ninety-second day and the thirty-third day. 

 The Whitewater Unified School District’s Policy Review Committee meets via audiovisual conferencing at 10 AM.

On this day in 1946, the Subsequent Nuremberg trials begin with the Doctors’ trial, prosecuting physicians and officers alleged to be involved in Nazi human experimentation and mass murder under the guise of euthanasia.

Recommended for reading in full — 

Linda Qiu reports A Senate hearing promoted unproven drugs and dubious claims about the coronavirus:

Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, spent much of this year promoting investigations into Hunter Biden, trying fruitlessly to show corruption on the part of Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Now Mr. Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is more focused on another narrative sympathetic to President Trump if not to established science: that the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic has been overblown and that public health officials have been too quick to come to conclusions about the best ways to deal with it.

So on Tuesday, for not the first time, Mr. Johnson lent his committee’s platform to the promotion of unproven drugs and dubious claims about stemming the spread of the coronavirus while giving prominence to a vaccine skeptic.

In a move that led even most members of his own party on the committee to avoid the hearing, Mr. Johnson called witnesses who promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. The National Institutes of Health guidelines recommend against using either drug to treat coronavirus patients except in clinical trials.

 Molly Beck and the Associated Press report With case pending in state court, Wisconsin is only state to miss election safe-harbor deadline:

Every state but Wisconsin appears to have met a so-called safe-harbor deadline set by federal law, which means Congress has to accept the electoral votes that will be cast next week, locking in Biden’s victory.

The safe-harbor provision protects states against challenges in Congress through certifying the results of the election and resolving legal challenges in state courts by the deadline, which was Tuesday.

Wisconsin election officials still have a case pending in state court that wasn’t resolved by the safe-harbor date, in addition to the federal actions that are still pending.


Missing the deadline won’t deprive Wisconsin of its 10 electoral votes. Biden electors still will meet in Madison on Monday to cast their votes and there’s no reason to expect that Congress won’t accept them. In any case, Biden would still have more than the 270 votes he needs even without Wisconsin’s.

But lawmakers in Washington could theoretically second-guess the slate of electors from any state that misses the Dec. 8 deadline, according to Edward Foley, a professor of election law at Ohio State University’s Moritz School of Law.

Adam Liptak reports Supreme Court Rejects Republican Challenge to Pennsylvania Vote:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused a long-shot request from Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the state, delivering an unmistakable rebuke to President Trump in the forum on which he had pinned his hopes.

The Supreme Court’s order was all of one sentence, and there were no noted dissents. But it was nonetheless a major setback for Mr. Trump and his allies, who have compiled an essentially unbroken losing streak in courts around the nation. They failed to attract even a whisper of dissent in the court’s first ruling on a challenge to the outcome of the election.

Polar Bears Face a New Threat to Their Life in Svalbard:

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