Daily Bread for 5.29.19

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with showers and a high of sixty-nine.  Sunrise is 5:20 AM and sunset 8:24 PM, for 15h 04m 20s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 23.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the nine hundred thirty-second day.

Whitewater’s Police & Fire Commission meets at 9 AM, and her Parks & Rec Board at 5:30 PM.

On this day in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the Everest summit.

Recommended for reading in full:

Lee Bergquist reports EPA scientists raised concerns over smog designation in southeastern Wisconsin. Now the agency is reviewing the decision:

Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency objected to a decision by the department last year to exempt areas of southeastern Wisconsin from impacts of stricter federal ozone regulations, including Racine County, where Foxconn Technology Group is building its manufacturing plant.

Employees of the agency also complained their agency used misleading data in its decision making that would benefit companies in the exempted counties.

The decision on May 1, 2018, to sharply limit geographical areas that would fall under more restrictive limits to control smog is being challenged by environmental groups in federal court.

And now the EPA says in court documents that it wants more time to review its ozone decision.

Michael Hiltzik reports Rich farmers, not mom-and-pop farms, will collect most of Trump’s tariff bailout:

The lone valiant farmer struggling to eke an existence from his hardscrabble farm — that’s the image President Trump wants you to think about when contemplating the $28 billion in bailouts he’s spending to cover farm losses from his trade war.

Think again. The vast majority of the dollars flowing to the agriculture industry via the bailouts is likely to go to farms with annual revenues of several million dollars. Most of them are major beneficiaries of federal crop support programs that steer billions in subsidies and low-priced crop insurance — including insurance that already covers some of their losses in the trade war.

Consider one such recipient. He’s Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, whose family farm, run mostly by his son Robin and grandson Patrick, collected $1.6 million in government subsidies in 1995-2017, according to a database compiled by the Environmental Working Group. The farm grows corn and soybeans.

Tory Newmyer reports Trump promised an auto renaissance. The industry has hit a skid:

In yesterday’s newsletter, we took a closer look at how struggling rural communities, defying the national economic bounce, could complicate President Trump’s reelection bid.

But there’s another pillar of Trump’s base — the auto industry, which he promised to transform into the engine of a manufacturing revival — that is stalling at an inopportune moment for the president.

Layoffs in the industry this year are at their highest since the economic crisis a decade ago….

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