Daily Bread for 8.26.20

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of eighty-eight.  Sunrise is 6:14 AM and sunset 7:37 PM, for 13h 23m 13s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 58.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred eighty-seventh day. 

Whitewater’s Community Involvement & Cable TV Commission meets via audiovisual conferencing at 5:30 PM.

 On this day in 1883, the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final stage.

Recommended for reading in full — 

Ian Millhiser explains The RNC’s big Covid-19 lie, refuted in one chart (‘The United States has had one of the world’s worst responses to Covid-19. Trump wants you to believe the opposite’):

If you spent the last five months living in a cave, then learned about the outside world solely through a livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, you would think Donald Trump was a visionary leader who saw what no one else saw — and who has led his nation to triumph against a deadly plague as a result.

“From the very beginning,” starts an RNC video misrepresenting Trump’s record on Covid-19, “Democrats, the media, and the World Health Organization got coronavirus wrong.” As heroic music plays over an image of Trump surrounded by American flags, the video claims, “one leader took decisive action to save lives: President Donald Trump.“

The video even features a clip ridiculing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) for saying — way back in early March — that he didn’t think that the coronavirus pandemic was “going to be as bad as it was in other countries.”

The reality is that, under President Trump’s leadership, the United States has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in the world — far higher than our peer nations. Indeed, Trump’s entire argument can be refuted in a single chart. This one:

The data in this chart represents the number of cases per one million people in the United States and several other nations — and, as you can see, the number of cases in the United States vastly outstrips the prevalence of coronavirus in these other nations.

Jon Meacham writes Restore the Voting Rights Act. It’s long past time to ‘make it plain’:

The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020, meanwhile, languishes in Congress. Among other things, the bill would restore the provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires states and localities with demonstrable records of discrimination to seek “preclearance” from the Justice Department or the U.S. District Court in Washington before any changes in election laws or policies.

The House has passed the bill, but — sadly and predictably — Mitch McConnell’s Senate has refused to act.

 Kyle Hopkins reports Alaska attorney general resigns following report that he sent hundreds of texts to state employee:

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson resigned Tuesday following the publication of an Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica investigation that found he sent hundreds of “uncomfortable” messages full of flattery, kiss emoji and invitations to a state employee.

Prior to his resignation, Clarkson had quietly been placed on unpaid leave for the month of August. Records obtained by the newsrooms show the junior state employee raised concerns about 558 text messages that Clarkson sent to her personal phone in March. Over a 27-day span, the attorney general asked the woman to come to his house at least 18 times, often punctuating the messages with comments about the much-younger woman’s beauty.

Lukashenko: The story of ‘Europe’s Last Dictator’:

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