Daily Bread for 9.19.19

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will see afternoon showers  with a high of seventy-eight.  Sunrise is 6:39 AM and sunset 6:57 PM, for 12h 17m 29s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 75.6% of its visible disk illuminated.
Today is the one thousand forty-fifth day.

On this day in 1832, the Sauk and Fox cede their Iowa lands:

On this date Sauk and Fox Indians signed the treaty ending the Black Hawk War. The treaty demanded that the Sauk cede some six million acres of land that ran the length of the eastern boundary of modern-day Iowa. The Sauk and Fox were given until June 1, 1833 to leave the area and never return to the surrendered lands. Some sources place the date as September 21.

Recommended for reading in full:

Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima, and Shane Harris report Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say:

The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed. It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.

In a tweet from yesterday, one reads of courage and principle of the deepest measure:

The Swiss Art of Papercutting:

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