Daily Bread for 3.17.21

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 39.  Sunrise is 7:01 AM and sunset 7:04 PM, for 12h 03m 36s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 14.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Parks and Recreation Board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 5:30 PM.

 On this day in 1776, the British Army evacuates Boston, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.

Recommended for reading in full — 

 Dan Mangan reports Putin pushed Biden misinformation to Trump allies and media in 2020 election, U.S. says:

Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, authorized intelligence assets to promote misinformation during the 2020 election cycle about Joe Biden through U.S. media and people close to then-President Donald Trump to try to boost Trump’s reelection chances, a U.S. intelligence report said.

In particular, the declassified report, released Tuesday, said that Putin “had purview over the activities of Adriy Derkach, a Ukrainian legislator who played a prominent role in Russia’s election influence activities.”

Derkach, who has ties to Russian intelligence, is known to have met with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, who for months promoted discredited allegations against Biden, now president, and his son Hunter Biden.

The findings are outlined as the second “key judgment” of the report, “Foreign Threats to the 2020 US Federal Elections,” by the National Intelligence Council.

“A key element of Moscow’s strategy this election cycle was its use of people linked to Russian intelligence to launder influence narratives including misleading or unsubstantiated allegations against President Biden through US media organizations, US officials, and prominent US individuals, some of whom were close to former President Trump and his administration,” the report said.

See Foreign Threats to the U.S. 2020 Federal Elections.

Bill Glauber and Daniel Bice report Milwaukee County Judge Brett Blomme arrested, faces charges of possession of child pornography:

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Brett Blomme was arrested Tuesday on tentative charges of possession of child pornography, the state Department of Justice announced.

Blomme, 38, was taken into custody by special agents with the state Division of Criminal Investigation “following an investigation into multiple uploads of child pornography through a Kik messaging application account in October and November 2020,” according to a statement.

Criminal charges are expected to be filed against Blomme on Wednesday. He was arrested in Dane County.

A 44-page search warrant filed Friday by a DCI special agent said investigators found Blomme, using the name “dommasterbb,” uploaded 27 videos and images containing child pornography. Two of the files were uploaded at a Milwaukee County government building, the search warrant said.

 Abigail Becker reports Clerks begin mailing absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s fifth statewide pandemic election:

Heading into Wisconsin’s fifth statewide pandemic election, local clerks are continuing to administer elections with precautions in place to keep voters and workers safe.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said in an email that clerks have adjusted to the “new normal” and can handle the April 6 general election safely.

“Following safety protocols has been effective and we all have what we need,” McDonell said. “Certainly clerks are very much looking forward to this pandemic ending.”

Iceland on high alert for a possible volcanic eruption following thousands of tremors:

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments