Daily Bread for 9.9.20

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be rainy with a high of fifty-nine.  Sunrise is 6:29 AM and sunset 7:13 PM, for 12h 43m 59s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 58.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand four hundred first day. 

 Whitewater’s Police and Fire Commission meets via audiovisual conferencing at 6 PM, and the Whitewater Common Council meets via audiovisual conferencing at 6:30 PM.

 On this day in 1839, John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph.

Recommended for reading in full — 

Lara Takenaga and Jonathan Wolfe report Coronavirus Briefing: A Summer of Lost Opportunity:

As summer comes to a close, the United States is averaging about 40,000 new cases a day, down from a horrifying peak in late July. But in many ways, the country is worse off now than at the beginning of the season: On Memorial Day weekend, the United States averaged 22,000 cases a day.

The Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays bookend a summer of lost opportunity. The United States failed to stamp out the virus before the fall, which is expected to bring new dangers with the start of the school year, flu season and cooler weather that will drive people indoors.

Michael Scherer writes Trump employs images of violence as political fuel for reelection fight:

President Trump has reverted to using graphic depictions of violence as a centerpiece of his reelection campaign strategy, using his Twitter account, his stump speech and even the White House podium as platforms for amplifying domestic conflict.

His 2016 focus on radical Islamist terrorism and undocumented-immigrant crime, which he credited with helping him win the Republican nomination, has been replaced by warnings of new threats as he elevates gruesome images of Black-on-White crime, street fights involving his supporters and police-misconduct unrest nationwide.

The pattern continued over the holiday weekend, when he tweeted video of a melee in Texas between protesters and security officers during an event for a Trump-affiliated group and two celebratory videos of a protester in Portland, Ore., with his feet on fire. One of the videos was scored to the Kenny Loggins song “Footloose,” and the second featured mocking play-by-play commentary by a mixed-martial-arts announcer.

A.B. Stoddard writes It’s Still All About Russia—and It’s Outrageous:

At every turn Trump has not only helped Putin but thwarted the examination of Russia’s attack on the 2016 election. Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and likely obstructed justice in many other ways all recounted in the Mueller report. Even before there was a special counsel investigation, Trump welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak to the Oval Office by boasting that firing FBI Director James Comey had relieved “great pressure.”

For weeks now, more alarming revelations about Russia have seeped into the news, making even more clear the disturbing picture of how Trump seeks to retain his hold on power and continues to undermine U.S. national security with Putin’s assistance. The Russia news has been drowned out by headlines about the national party conventions, the pandemic, and clashes in Kenosha and Portland—but it is equally consequential.

 Belarus crisis: Opposition activist resists efforts to deport her to Ukraine:

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