Daily Bread for 7.9.22: America Is Failing Refugees, and Herself

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 78. Sunrise is 5:25 AM and sunset 8:34 PM for 15h 08m 28s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 75.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1763, the Mozart family grand tour of Europe begins, lifting the profile of prodigal son Wolfgang Amadeus:

America Is Failing Refugees, And Itself. Here’s Why:

For his 1985 documentary about the Statue of Liberty, the filmmaker Ken Burns interviewed two Jewish boys sitting on a bench in New York City. They were twin brothers who had fled Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, with their father. Like generations of refugees before them and generations since, they had arrived in the United States hoping for a better life.

One of those boys, Alexander Vindman, would grow up to become a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army and director for European and Russian affairs for the National Security Council. He was also a key witness at the first impeachment trial of Donald Trump. His brother, Yevgeny, would become a colonel in the Army and serve as deputy legal adviser for the National Security Council.

In recent months, as the Vindmans’ homeland has come under siege by Russian forces, Mr. Burns reunited with the brothers to make the Opinion Video above.

In this short film, the Vindmans argue that the refugee crises in Ukrainian and elsewhere demand a much stronger response from the Biden administration, including not just fully restoring a refugee system gutted by the Trump administration but expanding it further.

The nation’s policies, they contend, are not living up to its ideals.

New Record Set for the World’s Biggest ‘Nutbush’:

4,084 people gathered in the Australian outback on July 7, to break the record for the world’s largest group ‘Nutbush.’

Nutbush is a type of line dancing inspired by Tina Turner’s 1973 song, ‘Nutbush City Limits.’ Attempts to break the record for the largest group ‘Nutbush’ dance have become an annual tradition in Australia.

This year’s attempt, which shattered the previous record of 2,878 set last year in the same location, also raised $60,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, an Aussie nonprofit org.

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