Daily Bread for 2.24.17 – 2017

Good morning.

Whitewater will see morning thunder showers on an otherwise cloudy day with a high of thirty-seven. Sunrise is 6:36 AM and sunset 5:39 PM, for 11h 02m 41s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 4.9% of its visible disk iluminated.Today is the one hundred eighth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.

On this day in 1868, House of Representatives votes 126 to 47 in favor of a resolution to impeach President Andrew Johnson for high crimes and misdemeanors. (He was later acquitted in the Senate.) On this day in 1863, the 28th and 29th Wisconsin Infantry regiments and 12th Wisconsin Light Artillery take part in an expedition in Mississippi.

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Jeff Potrykus reports on Ohio State 83, UW 73: Slow start kills Badgers: “Wisconsin played its worst half of the season in the first 20 minutes, followed that with a slightly better effort in the second half but still suffered a humbling 83-73 loss to Ohio State on Thursday night at Value City Arena. “You’ve always got to be fearful of a team that has nothing to lose,” UW senior guard Bronson Koenig said of the unranked Buckeyes. “That’s kind of what happened tonight. They just were tougher than us. They beat us to loose balls. They played harder than us and that is something we pride ourselves on. “Hopefully, this is another wake-up call and we don’t have to have too many of these…I didn’t expect this at all.” As a result of the ugly loss, the 15th-ranked Badgers (22-6, 11-4) trail first-place Purdue (23-5, 12-3) by a full game with three games remaining.”

Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns report that An Alarmed Base Prods Democrats Into an All-Out War: “Immediately after the November election, Democrats were divided over how to handle Mr. Trump, with one camp favoring all-out confrontation and another backing a seemingly less risky approach of coaxing him to the center with offers of compromise. Now, spurred by explosive protests and a torrent of angry phone calls and emails from constituents — and outraged themselves by Mr. Trump’s swift moves to enact a hard-line agenda — Democrats have all but cast aside any notion of conciliation with the White House. Instead, they are mimicking the Republican approach of the last eight years — the “party of no” — and wagering that brash obstruction will pay similar dividends.”

Mark Berman reports Republican lawmaker who won’t hold a town hall invokes Gabby Giffords shooting. She responds: ‘Have some courage.’: “Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), in a statement released this week, blamed his decision not to hold these events in person on “the threat of violence at town hall meetings.” He also pointed to a specific violent event to bolster his case, invoking the 2011 shooting that severely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and killed six others. The former congresswoman responded Thursday, and she made clear that she does not agree with lawmakers shying away from meeting with members of the public. “To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage,” Giffords said in a statement. “Face your constituents. Hold town halls.”

Richard Paddock and Choe Sang-Hun report that Kim Jong-nam Was Killed by VX Nerve Agent, Malaysians Say: “KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The poison used to kill Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was VX nerve agent, which is listed as a chemical weapon, the Malaysian police announced Friday. In a brief statement, Khalid Abu Bakar, the national police chief, said the substance was listed as a chemical weapon under the Chemical Weapons Conventions of 1997 and 2005, to which North Korea is not a party. South Korea has suggested that the killing was the work of the North Korean government. The revelation that a banned weapon was used in such a high-profile killing raises the stakes over how Malaysia and the international community will respond. VX nerve agent can be delivered in two compounds that are mixed at the last moment to create a lethal dose. The police say that two women approached Mr. Kim at the airport with the poison on their hands and rubbed it on his face one after the other.”

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