Daily Bread for 5.30.19

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will see scattered thunderstorms and a high of seventy-four.  Sunrise is 5:19 AM and sunset 8:25 PM, for 15h 05m 42s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 16.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the nine hundred thirty-third day.


On this day in 1860, the first street railway cars run in Milwaukee:

[T]wo cars were drawn over the line known as the “River & Lake Shore Street Railway” for the first time. The cars were drawn by four horses. The track for the cars was laid in early May from East Water Street, north to Division Street. Prominent among builders of this street railway were George H. Walker, Lemuel W. Weeks, Col. W.S. Johnson, and F.S. Blodgett. A company was organized to sell $50,000 in stock subscriptions to pay for the service.

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Rick Romell reports Foxconn awards contracts to ‘Wisconsin’ firms with headquarters in Connecticut and England:

Foxconn Technology Group on Wednesday announced the award of $13 million in contracts to three firms it described as “outstanding Wisconsin-based companies.”

One of the firms, however, has headquarters in Connecticut, while another is part of a 44,000-employee global company headquartered in the United Kingdom.

Benjamin Wittes asks Mueller Bows Out: What Does Congress Do Now?:

Less expected was Mueller’s announcement that he didn’t intend to make any further statements—not even before Congress in testimony that has been much anticipated. Mueller said he “hop[ed] and expect[ed]” he would not speak about the matter further and that “[t]he report is my testimony.” If called by Congress to testify, he said he “would not go beyond our report.”

In other words, that’s all folks. As far as Mueller is concerned, he has no further role to play here.


The absence of public hearings on the contents of the Mueller report can be blamed only in part on Don McGahn’s decision to honor the president’s claims of executive privilege and defy the judiciary committee’s subpoena. A big part of the story here is that key committees are just not pursuing a focused oversight agenda involving live testimony by the key witnesses in a fashion that is likely to prove effective. Congress has so far sought the testimony of relatively few people named in the report. It has not so far moved aggressively against anyone who has resisted.

This lack of focus on getting testimony from witnesses has combined with a deep commitment on the part of the Democratic leadership not to use the most substantial powers that it has—specifically the impeachment power. The congressional leadership seems not to know quite what it wants, but it sure knows what it doesn’t want. That’s not a good posture in which to confront a concerted presidential challenge to the very possibility of congressional investigation of executive conduct.

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