Daily Bread for 6.9.19

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will see scattered showers with a high of seventy-three.  Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:32 PM, for 15h 16m 12s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 42.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the nine hundred forty-third day.


On this day in 1973, Secretariat wins the Triple Crown.

Recommended for reading in full:

  Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman report Mexico Agreed to Take Border Actions Months Before Trump Announced Tariff Deal:

The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare on Friday night consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations.

Friday’s joint declaration says Mexico agreed to the “deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border.” But the Mexican government had already pledged to do that in March during secret talks in Miami between Kirstjen Nielsen, then the secretary of homeland security, and Olga Sanchez, the Mexican secretary of the interior, the officials said.

(Emphasis added.  Trump’s dealmaking is impressive only to the dense or deluded.)

Caitlin Dickson reports Border Patrol is confiscating migrant kids’ medicine, U.S. doctors say:

For the past year and a half, Dr. Eric Russell has been traveling from Houston to McAllen, Texas, every three months or so to volunteer at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center, a first stop for many asylum-seeking migrants who’ve been released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Rio Grande Valley.

During his most recent visit to the clinic in April, when he saw more than 150 migrants, he noted a troubling new trend: a number of people reported that their medication had been taken from them by U.S. border officials.

“I had a few adults that came who had high blood pressure, who had their blood pressure medications taken from them and, not surprisingly, their blood pressure was elevated,” Russell told Yahoo News. “There was a couple of adults that had diabetes that had their diabetes medicines taken from them, and wanted to come in because they were worried about their blood sugar. And, not surprisingly, their blood sugar was elevated.”

(Trump’s lumpen base delights in the denial of humanitarian aid in cases like this.)

Patrick Marley reports GOP transportation plan would allow handful of legislators to impose vehicle fees of any amount:

Sixteen lawmakers on their own could impose fees of any amount to help pay for roads under a plan Republican legislators advanced late Thursday.

The proposal would allow the Joint Finance Committee to establish new fees based on how many miles vehicles drove, starting in 2023. The rest of the Legislature wouldn’t get a say in the matter under the plan.

Republicans on the committee included the provision in a massive transportation package they added to the state budget Thursday.

(And yet, and yet, the WISGOP keeps telling suckers & pigeons that it’s a small-government party.)

A Mexican Touch to Southern Cuisine:

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