Wednesday in Whitewater will see occasional showers with a high of 45. Sunrise is 6:01 AM and sunset 7:44 PM, for 13h 43m 20s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 62.3% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s Parks & Recreation Board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 5:30 PM.
This day in 753 BC is the traditional date on which Romulus founds Rome.
Recommended for reading in full —
Excerpts from a full transcript of Biden and Harris on the Chauvin Trial Verdict (‘The president and the vice president addressed the nation on Tuesday evening’):
VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS:
Black men are fathers and brothers and sons and uncles and grandfathers and friends and neighbors. Their lives must be valued in our education system, in our health care system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation. Full stop.
Because of smartphones, so many Americans have now seen the racial injustice that Black Americans have known for generations. The racial injustice that we have fought for generations. That my parents protested in the 1960s. That millions of us, Americans of every race, protested last summer.
Here’s the truth about racial injustice: It is not just a Black America problem or a people-of-color problem. It is a problem for every American. It is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all. And it is holding our nation back from realizing our full potential. We are all a part of George Floyd’s legacy. And our job now is to honor it and to honor him.
The murder of George Floyd launched a summer of protests we hadn’t seen since the civil rights era in the ’60s. Protests that unified people of every race and generation in peace and with purpose to say enough. Enough. Enough of the senseless killings. Today — today’s verdict is a step forward. I just spoke with the governor of Minnesota, who thanked me for the close work with his team.
And I also spoke with George Floyd’s family again. Remarkable family of extraordinary courage. Nothing can ever bring their brother, their father back. But this can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America. Let’s also be clear that such a verdict is also much too rare. For so many people it seems like it took a unique and extraordinary convergence of factors.
A brave young woman with a smartphone camera, a crowd that was traumatized. Traumatized witnesses, a murder that lasts almost 10 minutes in broad daylight for ultimately the whole world to see. Officers standing up and testifying against a fellow officer instead of just closing ranks, which should be commended. A jury who heard the evidence, carried out their civic duty in the midst of an extraordinary moment under extraordinary pressure.
David Smith reports Trumpism lives on in new think tank – but critics say it’s ‘just a grift’ (‘The America First Policy Institute calls itself ‘non-partisan’ and a ‘non-profit’ but critics regard it as a cash cow for Trump alumni with stained reputations’):
[Michael] D’Antonio [an author and political commentator on CNN suggested] that the AFPI will spend time attacking Joe Biden and is unlikely to impress political scholars. “I can’t imagine anyone outside of the Trumpian universe taking anything that they produce seriously,” he added. “It’s not exactly a team of policy superstars. Many of these people are so disgraced that their options for gainful employment outside of this make-believe world of Trump policy are very limited.”