Daily Bread for 5.11.19

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of fifty-six.  Sunrise is 5:35 AM and sunset 8:06 PM, for 14h 31m 24s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 44.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the nine hundred fourteenth day.

On this day in 1934, consequences of Dust Bowl conditions reach as far as the East Coast:  “As dawn broke on May 11, the Pittsburgh airport reported dust so thick that visibility was reduced to one mile. New York was soon to follow. The New York Times described ‘a half-light similar to the light cast by the sun in a partial eclipse.’ “

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Josh Dawsey, Juliet Eilperin, and Peter Jamison report Trump takes over Fourth of July celebration, changing its location and inserting himself into the program:

President Trump has effectively taken charge of the nation’s premier Fourth of July celebration in Washington, moving the gargantuan fireworks display from its usual spot on the Mall to be closer to the Potomac River and making tentative plans to address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, according to top administration officials.

 The president’s starring role has the potential to turn what has long been a nonpartisan celebration of the nation’s founding into another version of a Trump campaign rally. Officials said it is unclear how much the changes may cost, but the plans have already raised alarms among city officials and some lawmakers about the potential impact of such major alterations to a time-honored and well-organized summer tradition.

Fireworks on the Mall, which the National Park Service has orchestrated for more than half a century, draw hundreds of thousands of Americans annually and mark one of the highlights of the city’s tourist season.


[T]his past February, Trump announced on Twitter that Americans should “HOLD THE DATE!” on July 4 for a “Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”

Jennifer Rubin explains Harris challenges the thinking on the best way to challenge Trump:

[T]he notion that Democrats must have a white man to dislodge Trump is based on not much other than fear. Democrats need a competent candidate who can turn out the base, not scare off moderate independents and disenchanted Democrats, and stand up to Trump. Right now, voters are saying that person is former vice president Joe Biden, who both is extremely well-liked and fits the unproved-but-ingrained hunch that only a white man can beat the white incumbent president.

This week [on 5.1.19], Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) reminded voters that there is more than one way to slice and dice a dishonest, arrogant white Republican man. She filleted Attorney General William P. Barr, showing she can plan out and carry off a rhetorical knockout. Hey, maybe she can stand up to Trump on that debate stage. Maybe she is the one to rally the African American vote and keep those women who crossed over to vote Democratic in 2018 in the Democrats’ corner in 2020.

See also Sen. Kamala Harris Questions Atty. Gen. William Barr.

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