Midweek in Whitewater will see freezing rain and a probability of light afternoon snowfall, with a high of thirty-six. Sunrise is 7:14 AM and sunset 4:59 PM, for 9h 45m 06s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 6.3% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the seventy-eighth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.
On this day in 1959, the jet age really takes off (of course it does) on 1.25.1959 with an transcontinental flight (New York to Los Angeles) of an American Airlines Boeing 707. On this day in 1932, Janesville, Wisconsin continues its probition of dancing on Sundays.
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Brian Stetler and Frank Pallotta report that Publisher printing more copies of George Orwell’s ‘1984’ after spike in demand: “The book publisher Penguin is printing more copies of George Orwell’s dystopian classic “1984” in response to a sudden surge of demand. On Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning the book was #1 on Amazon’s computer-generated list of best-selling books. The list reflects hourly book sales. The 68-year-old novel appeared on the list on Monday, hovered around the #6 spot for much of the day, rose to #2 by Tuesday afternoon and then hit #1. Lower down on Amazon’s best sellers list are two other classic novels with similar themes: “It Can’t Happen Here,” by Sinclair Lewis, and “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley. It is hard to say for sure how much of the interest is related to Donald Trump’s inauguration and the rise of “alternative facts,” a term coined by Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday.”
Dylan Byers reports that Trump’s Chicago tweet is another response to cable news: “When President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night and said he would send federal agents into Chicago if the city failed to address its growing violence, the threat seemed to emanate from nowhere. But like so many of Trump’s tweets, it appeared to be inspired by cable news. The 45th President of the United States is known to be an avid cable news consumer, and his tweets often seem to be in direct response to something he’s just seen on television. In this case, Trump appeared to be responding to a segment on Fox News. Shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor” ran a segment about violence in Chicago that included the following statistics: “228 shootings in 2017 (up 5.5% from last year” and “42 homicides in 2017 (up 24% from last year).” One of the show’s guests, Horace Cooper, an adjunct fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, said, “I don’t know another word besides ‘carnage’ to describe the devastation that’s been taking place.” Just over an hour later, at 9:25 p.m. ET, Trump took to Twitter using the same statistics Fox News had used and the same language as Cooper. “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” Examples of Trump seemingly reacting to cable news abound.”
Jennifer Rubin explains that Trump’s actions will invite nonstop litigation: “Ironically, for a man who loved to bring litigation to torment opponents and squash criticism, President Trump will likely face nonstop litigation for his entire term. Lawyers contesting him on everything from the emoluments clause to the lease for his Washington hotel with the federal government say, in essence, that he has no one to blame but himself. Instead of divesting entirely of his businesses, Trump chose to keep ownership. “This will be in play for the length of the Trump presidency,” Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said to me in a telephone interview on Monday.”
Matt Velazquez reports that it was MU 74, Villanova 72: Golden Eagles stun AP No. 1 Wildcats: “Marquette has played men’s basketball for more than 100 years. There have been plenty of memorable games and historic moments in that time, but never before had Marquette knocked off the top-ranked team in the Associated Press top 25 during a regular-season game. That changed Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. After trailing by as many as 17 points and staying behind by double digits for most of the second half, the Golden Eagles finished with a 19-4 run to claim a 74-72 victory over reigning-champion Villanova, the No. 1 team in the AP poll and No. 2 in the USA Today coaches poll. The victory was Marquette’s second in 12 meetings with the AP No. 1 team, with the other coming against Kentucky in the Elite Eight of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.”