Daily Bread for 7.25.20

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of eighty-eight.  Sunrise is 5:40 AM and sunset 8:22 PM, for 14h 41m 31s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 27.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

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

 On this day in 1999, Robin Yount becomes the first player inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in a Brewer’s jersey.

Recommended for reading in full —

Luke Nozicka, Bryan Lowry, and Cortlynn Stark report Barr’s claim of 200 arrests in Kansas City is debunked (‘KC arrests Barr wrongly cited were made months earlier, led to no new federal charges’):

When U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday the expansion of federal anti-crime initiatives, he baffled officials in Kansas City with a single statement.

“Just to give you an idea of what’s possible, the FBI went in very strong into Kansas City and within two weeks we’ve had 200 arrests,” Barr said of apprehensions made as part of a new effort called Operation Legend.

But after inquiries from The Star and pushback from local officials, a senior Justice Department official clarified Barr’s comments, saying the 200 figure included state and FBI arrests in joint operations dating back to December as part of another operation, Relentless Pursuit.

Barr’s false claim, livestreamed by the White House, raised questions about the Justice Department’s trustworthiness. And the point Barr apparently was illustrating only grew shakier Thursday as officials in Kansas City clarified further that the arrests that did occur resulted in no new federal charges — with the exception of one case announced earlier this week.

 Dan Alexander and Michela Tinera report How Donald Trump moved millions from his campaign donors to his private business:

Donald Trump has not given a dime to his reelection campaign, opting instead to fund the entire effort with his donors’ money. His business, meanwhile, has continued to charge the campaign for things like food, lodging and rent. The result is that $2.2 million of contributions from other people has turned into $2.2 million of revenue for Trump.

And that’s just counting the money flowing directly through the president’s campaign. His reelection apparatus also includes two joint fundraising committees, which work with the Republican Party to raise money for Trump. Since he took office, those entities—named Trump Victory and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee—have funneled another $2.3 million into the president’s private business, according to a review of Federal Election Commission records. Then there’s the Republican National Committee, which has spent an additional $2.4 million at Trump properties. Add it all up, and the president, working in concert with the party he leads, has helped push $6.9 million into his businesses since taking office.

It’s a meaningful sum, even for a large business. Consider the payments to Trump National Doral, the president’s golf resort in Miami. In 2017, Trump’s first year leading the country, revenues at Doral dropped from $88 million to $75 million, dragging profits (measured as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) down from $12.4 million to just $4.3 million. The next year, the RNC, which had spent just $3,000 at the property in 2017, upped its expenditures to $603,000. That helped give a slight boost to the business, which recorded 2018 profits of $9.7 million, according to a spokesperson for the Trump Organization.

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