Thursday in Whitewater will be cloudy with areas of drizzle and a high of fifty-five. Sunrise is 5:58 AM and sunset 7:47 PM, for 13h 49m 17s of daytime. The moon is new with 0.1% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s school board meets in closed session at 5:45 PM to consider its two finalists for district administrator.
On this day in 1954, Hank Aaron, playing for the Milwaukee Braves, hit his first major league home run.
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The Washington Post editorial board writes The Russia hoax was never a hoax. An encouraging bipartisan report confirms it:
The committee members conclude that the intelligence community produced a “coherent and well-constructed …basis for the case of unprecedented Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election” despite a tight time frame.
See also Senate committee unanimously endorses spy agencies’ finding that Russia interfered in 2016 presidential race in bid to help Trump and RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURES CAMPAIGNS AND INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION VOLUME 4: REVIEW OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT WITH ADDITIONAL VIEWS.
Will Sommer and Jackie Kucinich report Anti-Vaxxers and Lockdown Protesters Form an Unholy Alliance:
Bigtree [Del Bigtree, notorious anti-vaccination activist] isn’t the only drawing connections between the anti-vaccine movement—which advocates for the fallacious notion that vaccines cause autism or other ailments—and the movements against the stay-at-home orders. Anti-vaccine activists have pushed a hashtag calling for President Donald Trump to fire the government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci—a message that evolved into a “Fire Fauci” chant at the Texas rally Bigtree attended. Some participants in the reopening rallies have also adopted “I Do Not Consent” as their go-to sign formulation, which is the same language that’s become a popular phrase for anti-vaccination activists.
“That’s one of their biggest slogans,” said Amy Pisani, the executive director of pro-vaccine group Vaccinate Your Family.
The predominantly right-wing activists calling for states to reopen businesses amid the pandemic have also criticized vaccines in their online communities. On “Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine,” a Facebook group with more than 350,000 members that has become a hotbed for anti-social distancing protests in the state, thousands of members said they wouldn’t take any future vaccine. Some posters pushed conspiracy theories that the vaccine would be the “mark of the Beast” or a tracking device used by billionaire Bill Gates.