Thursday in Whitewater will be rainy with a high of fifty-nine. Sunrise is 6:30 AM and sunset 7:11 PM, for 12h 41m 08s of daytime. The moon is in its third quarter with 49.5% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s Landmarks Commission meets via audiovisual conferencing at 3:30 PM.
On this day in 1846, Elias Howe is granted a patent for the sewing machine.
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Shane Harris, Nick Miroff, and Ellen Nakashima report Senior DHS official alleges in whistleblower complaint that he was told to stop providing intelligence analysis on threat of Russian interference:
A senior Department of Homeland Security official alleges that he was told to stop providing intelligence reports on the threat of Russian interference in the 2020 election, in part because it “made the President look bad,” an instruction he believed would jeopardize national security.
The official, Brian Murphy, who until recently was in charge of intelligence and analysis at DHS, said in a whistleblower complaint that on two occasions he was told to stand down on reporting about the Russian threat and alleged that senior officials told him to modify other intelligence reports, including about white supremacists, to bring them in line with President Trump’s public comments, directions he said he refused.
On July 8, Murphy said in the complaint, acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf told him that an “intelligence notification” regarding Russian disinformation efforts should be “held” because it was unflattering to Trump, who has long derided the Kremlin’s interference as a “hoax” that was concocted by his opponents to delegitimize his victory in 2016.
Sarah Owermohle reports Emails show HHS official trying to muzzle Fauci:
A Trump administration appointee at the Department of Health and Human Services is trying to prevent Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, from speaking about the risks that coronavirus poses to children.
Emails obtained by POLITICO show Paul Alexander — a senior adviser to Michael Caputo, HHS’s assistant secretary for public affairs — instructing press officers and others at the National Institutes of Health about what Fauci should say during media interviews. The Trump adviser weighed in on Fauci’s planned responses to outlets including Bloomberg News, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and the science journal Cell.
Walter Olson writes Never Trump, Now More Than Ever:
A high degree of social trust is needed both for a dynamic economy and for the rule of law. But as legal scholar Orin Kerr puts it, “the president’s signature move is to attack the legitimacy of everyone and every institution who is not in lockstep with him.”