Daily Bread for 7.26.20

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of eighty-nine.  Sunrise is 5:41 AM and sunset 8:21 PM, for 14h 39m 29s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 38.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred fifty-sixth day. 

 On this day in 1775, the office that would later become the United States Post Office Department is established by the Second Continental Congress.

Recommended for reading in full —

 David A. Fahrenthold, Joshua Partlow, and Jonathan O’Connell report Spin, deride, attack: How Trump’s handling of Trump University presaged his presidency:

The judge was out to get him, he said. So was that prosecutor in New York, whom he called a dopey loser on a witch hunt. So were his critics, who he said were all liars. Even some of his own underlings had failed him — bad people, it turned out. He said he didn’t know them.

Now, he was trying to attack his way out, breaking all the unwritten rules about the way a man of his position should behave. The secret to his tactic: “I don’t care” about breaking the rules, Trump said at a news conference. “Why antagonize? Because I don’t care.”

That was 2016. He was talking about a real estate school called Trump University.

Trump University, which shut down in 2011 after multiple investigations and student complaints, was treated as a joke by many of Trump’s political opponents — much as they treated Trump Steaks or Trump Vodka. But to those who knew the school well, it wasn’t a joke.

The saga of Trump University showed how far Trump would go to deny, rather than fix, a problem, they said — a tactic they have now seen him reuse as president many times, including now, in the face of a worsening pandemic. For months, President Trump promised something wonderful but extremely unlikely — that the virus would soon disappear.

John Cassidy writes America Is a Country Besieged by Its Own President:

On Wednesday, Tom Ridge, a veteran Republican who served as the governor of Pennsylvania and as the first Secretary of Homeland Security, said that the agency wasn’t established “to be the President’s personal militia.” Ridge added, “Had I been governor even now, I would welcome the opportunity to work with any federal agency to reduce crime or lawlessness in any of the cities. But . . . it would be a cold day in hell before I would consent to a unilateral, uninvited intervention into one of my cities.”

In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that the city would gladly accept federal assistance in fighting crime, but she also issued a warning. “We welcome actual partnership, but we do not welcome dictatorship,” she said. “We do not welcome authoritarianism, and we do not welcome the unconstitutional arrests and detainments of our residents, and that is something I will not tolerate.”

These developments suggest that America as a whole isn’t failing—not yet, anyway. But its system of government, its stated values, and its claims to greatness are all under siege by a President who lacks the moral compass, self-doubt, and respect for historical norms that would restrain another leader.

Why One Man Is Walking Around the World With His Dog:

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