Daily Bread for 9.18.20

Good morning.

Friday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of sixty-two.  Sunrise is 6:39 AM and sunset 6:57 PM, for 12h 21m 04s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 1.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand four hundred tenth day. 

 On this day in 1984, Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic.

Recommended for reading in full — 

 Josh Dawsey reports Former Pence aide says she will vote for Biden because of Trump’s ‘flat-out disregard for human life’ during pandemic:

President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic showed a “flat-out disregard for human life” because his “main concern was the economy and his reelection,” according to a senior adviser on the White House coronavirus task force who left the White House in August.

Olivia Troye, who worked as homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser to Vice President Pence for two years, said that the administration’s response cost lives and that she will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this fall because of her experience in the Trump White House.

“The president’s rhetoric and his own attacks against people in his administration trying to do the work, as well as the promulgation of false narratives and incorrect information of the virus have made this ongoing response a failure,” she said in an interview.

Troye is the first Trump administration official who worked extensively on the coronavirus response to forcefully speak out against Trump and his handling of the pandemic. She joins a growing number of former officials, including former national security adviser John Bolton and former defense secretary Jim Mattis, who have detailed their worries about what happened during their time in the administration while declaring that Trump is unfit to be president.

 Eli Rosenberg reports Six months, and a grim milestone: 26th-straight week of record-level unemployment claims:

Another 860,000 people applied for unemployment insurance claims last week — the 26th-straight week that unemployment claims remained above a pre-pandemic record dating to the 1960s.

And 659,000 people had claims processed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the program for self-employed and gig workers, a drop of about 200,000 after those numbers had risen for weeks.

The total number of people claiming unemployment insurance went up by about 100,000, to 29.7 million, as of Aug. 29, the most recent week available for this statistic.

The number of new unemployment claims has come down gradually over the last few months, but claims remain above the historical levels from before the pandemic, a sign of the continued economic head winds the country is facing.

Joe Brusuelas, the chief economist at RSM, wrote that the continued high levels of unemployment claims were a “reflection of the deep scarring in the domestic labor market and economy.”

Tom McCarthy reports Amy Dorris praised for coming forward with Trump assault allegation:

A prominent American former magazine columnist who accused Donald Trump of raping her in the 1990s has joined a chorus of voices supporting the latest woman to accuse Trump of sexually assaulting her, Amy Dorris.

Dorris, a former model and actor, said in a Guardian interview published on Thursday that Trump had forced his tongue down her throat and groped her at the 1997 US Open.

“I feel sick, violated – it makes me sick,” Dorris told the Guardian.

Dorris became the 25th woman to make accusations of sexual misconduct against Trump, ranging from harassment to sexual assault and rape.

 The National Park Services announces Wolverines Return to Mount Rainier National Park After More Than 100 Years:

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