Daily Bread for 8.4.20

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of seventy.  Sunrise is 5:50 AM and sunset 8:10 PM, for 14h 19m 45s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 99.3% of its visible disk illuminated.

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

 The Whitewater Unified School District’s Policy Review Committee meets at 9:30 AM via audiovisual conferencing and the Whitewater Common Council meets at 6:30 PM via audiovisual conferencing.

 On this day in 1964, civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21.

Recommended for reading in full —

 Garry Kasparov observes that Authoritarians Come Up With Things We Can’t Imagine:

Garry Kasparov of the Renew Democracy Initiative joins Morning Joe to discuss Trump’s attempts to undermine the coming elections and what can be done to protect the election.

 Amanda Carpenter writes The Blind Oracle of Noonan (‘The wistful, naïve pronouncements of the speechwriter-turned-columnist’):

Good news! All of us who are worried about President Trump and the future of the Republican party can pack it up. Peggy Noonan, our cherished Reaganic oracle, has spoken and has the answer to align the Always Trump, Sometimes Trump, and Never Trump factions of the GOP.

In her latest Wall Street Journal column, Noonan enters the “Burn It Down” debate and argues against voting out all the Trump enablers and sycophants because—are you ready for this?—“persuasion will be key” to saving the Republic. Ah! We can all rest easy, pour ourselves a cool beverage, and retire early. Our work is done! Praise be to Peggy!

That’s the kind of wistful, head-in-the-clouds analysis Noonan is known for, though. Like, wouldn’t everything be better if everyone just played along more nicely? Why all this anger toward a president who lets Russia put bounties on the heads of our soldiers, tear-gases peaceful protesters, and lies and obstructs justice as a way of life? Why on earth should Susan Collins, Martha McSally, and Cory Gardner be sacrificed on the altar of Trump just to prove a point about accountability? Because follow-the-leader Republicans like Collins will surely be the ones to save us from another trillion in deficit spending and finally stop funding for Planned Parenthood! Because Collins, of all people, must have “learned lessons” from Trump. We should all be so, so very concerned about the future of the GOP without Republicans like Collins.

Noonan concedes that “Donald Trump is burning himself down.” Yet she thinks we ought to keep voting for the people who handed him a lighter and kerosene.

Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Jacob Bogage report Postal Service backlog sparks worries that ballot delivery could be delayed in November:

The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing days-long backlogs of mail across the country after a top Trump donor running the agency put in place new procedures described as cost-cutting efforts, alarming postal workers who warn that the policies could undermine their ability to deliver ballots on time for the November election.

As President Trump ramps up his unfounded attacks on mail balloting as being susceptible to widespread fraud, postal employees and union officials say the changes implemented by Trump fundraiser-turned-postmaster general Louis DeJoy are contributing to a growing perception that mail delays are the result of a political effort to undermine absentee voting.

Why Everyone Is Going To Mars Right Now:

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