Daily Bread for 5.16.20

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of sixty-seven.  Sunrise is 5:29 AM and sunset 8:12 PM, for 14h 43m 27s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 31.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand two hundred eighty-fifth day.

 On this day in 1913, Woody Herman (American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and big band leader) is born.

Recommended for reading in full —

Inae Oh writes McConnell Admits He Was Wrong to Say Obama Left Trump Without Pandemic Plan (‘The former administration left behind a 69-page document’):

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday conceded that he had been “wrong” to claim, as he did during an appearance on the Trump campaign’s YouTube channel earlier this week, that the Obama administration had failed to leave guidance on preparing for a pandemic.

“I was wrong,” the top Senate Republican told Fox News. “They did leave behind a plan. So I clearly made a mistake in that regard.”

McConnell, however, refused to make a judgment on whether President Trump had failed to follow the playbook. “I don’t have any observation about that because I don’t know enough about the details of that to comment on it in any detail.”

But McConnell’s claim of ignorance didn’t stop him from making his false allegation on Monday.

Michelle Hackman and Alison Sider report TSA Preparing to Check Passenger Temperatures at Airports Amid Coronavirus Concerns (‘Travelers would have temperatures checked at about a dozen airports under plans that are still under discussion’):

U.S. officials are preparing to begin checking passengers’ temperatures at roughly a dozen airports as soon as next week, as the coronavirus pandemic has heightened anxieties about travel, according to people familiar with the matter.

Details of the plan are still being completed and are subject to change, the people said. It couldn’t be determined which airports will initially have the new scanning procedures. A senior Trump administration official said the initial rollout is expected to cost less than $20 million, and that passengers won’t be charged an additional fee.

Airlines have been pushing for the Transportation Security Administration to start taking passengers’ temperatures as part of a multifaceted effort to keep potentially sick people from boarding planes and to make passengers feel more comfortable taking trips again. Demand for air travel has dropped more than 90% amid transport restrictions and stay-at-home orders.

Woody Herman, Camel Walk:


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