Daily Bread for 4.15.19

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of fifty-two.  Sunrise is 6:11 AM and sunset 7:37 PM, for 13h 25m 34s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 78.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the eight hundred eighty-seventh day.

Whitewater’s Library Board meets at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson breaks baseball’s color barrier when he starts at first base with the Brooklyn Dodgers. (The Dodgers won the game, 5–3, over the Boston Braves).

Recommended for reading in full:

Glenn Kessler writes A guide to Democratic talking points not far off the mark:

(There are two keys to policy: to be right about conditions, and to offer effective solutions. Trump fails at both; that these Democratic candidates are mostly right on conditions makes them, by that alone, an order of magnitude superior to Trump’s end-to-end ignorance.)

  Dan Bice writes Ex-Gov. Scott Walker dumped from GOP event after clashing with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner:

Former Gov. Scott Walker might be regretting his decision to stay so politically active after his November defeat.

Unlike other ex-governors, Walker is keeping a high profile, tweeting regularly, giving speeches and even filling in on conservative talk radio.

But his comments during one of those talk-radio gigs resulted in his being unceremoniously dumped as a speaker at a recent Republican Party function after he hacked off the often-combustible U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

Reached at a Sussex town hall last week, Sensenbrenner said the chairwoman of the GOP’s 5th District Congressional Caucus made the call to remove Walker from the list of speakers at its annual meeting on March 31. But Sensenbrenner said he had her back.

“I supported her disinviting him,” said Sensenbrenner, who was first elected to Congress in 1978.

(These two have a disagreement because Sensenbrenner is famously thin-skinned.  They’re both long-time politicians backing Trump, which is a softer way of saying neither man is worth a damn.)

On Twitter, Timothy Snyder, Levin Professor of History at Yale, writes Why we do think that Mr. Trump owes a debt to Mr. Putin? Here are fifty reasons. All of the facts are a matter of public record, and all of the sources can be found in my book The Road to Unfreedom”:

1/50 In 1984, Russian gangsters began to launder money by buying and selling apartment units in Trump Tower (, p. 220)

2/50 In 1986, Mr. Trump was courted by Soviet diplomats, who suggested that a bright future awaited him in Moscow (, p. 220).

3/50 In 1987, the Soviet state paid for Mr. Trump to visit Moscow, putting him up in a suite that was certainly bugged (, p. 220).

4/50 In 2006, Russians and other citizens of the former Soviet Union financed Trump SoHo, granting Mr. Trump 18% of the profits — although he put up no money himself (, p. 221).

(See the link for 46 more, and even worse, obligations Trump has to Russian interests.)

Why are Barns Traditionally Painted Red?:

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