Daily Bread for 3.19.17 – 2017

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of fifty-three. Sunrise is 6:57 AM and sunset 5:06 PM, for 12h 09m 23s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 60.6% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the one hundred thirty-first day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.

On this day in 2003, and American-led coalition invades Iraq. On this day in 1865, the 21st, 22nd and 25th Wisconsin Infantry regiments take part in the battle at Goldsborough, North Carolina, during the Campaign of the Carolinas.

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Craig Gilbert reports that Rural Wisconsin takes hit in GOP health plan after backing Donald Trump“No congressional district in Wisconsin delivered a bigger victory margin for Donald Trump last fall (20 points) than the rural northern one represented by Republican Sean Duffy. But by one key measure, no district in Wisconsin would lose more health care aid under the GOP plan to replace Obamacare. Wisconsin is part of a national pattern in which the Obamacare enrollees who appear to be hit the hardest by the Republican plan fit the demographic and geographic profile of Trump’s political base. These enrollees are in their 50s and early 60s. Trump won that group by 15 points in Wisconsin, according to exit polling. And they disproportionately live in rural areas that voted for Trump and are represented by Republicans in Congress….The biggest losses in tax credits in Wisconsin would occur in two mostly rural congressional districts, the northern seat held by Duffy and the western seat held by Democrat Ron Kind. Duffy’s district has the highest number of Obamacare enrollees in the state (more than 35,000 last year) and Kind’s has the third highest. Both areas were carried by Trump last fall. They are also the two congressional districts in Wisconsin that saw the biggest swings toward the GOP in 2016. In both districts, a 60-year-old making $30,000 would lose an average of more than $5,500 a year in health care tax credits under the GOP plan, based on a Journal Sentinel analysis of the Kaiser data [from a Kaiser Family Foundation study].

Jon Parles reports that Chuck Berry Dies at 90; Helped Define Rock ’n’ Roll: “While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment. His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment.”

Kevin Sack reports that Door-Busting Drug Raids Leave a Trail of Blood – Using SWAT officers to storm into homes to execute search warrants has led time and again to avoidable deaths, gruesome injuries and costly legal settlements: “As policing has militarized to fight a faltering war on drugs, few tactics have proved as dangerous as the use of forcible-entry raids to serve narcotics search warrants, which regularly introduce staggering levels of violence into missions that might be accomplished through patient stakeouts or simple knocks at the door. Thousands of times a year, these “dynamic entry” raids exploit the element of surprise to effect seizures and arrests of neighborhood drug dealers. But they have also led time and again to avoidable deaths, gruesome injuries, demolished property, enduring trauma, blackened reputations and multimillion-dollar legal settlements at taxpayer expense, an investigation by The New York Times found. For the most part, governments at all levels have chosen not to quantify the toll by requiring reporting on SWAT operations. But The Times’s investigation, which relied on dozens of open-record requests and thousands of pages from police and court files, found that at least 81 civilians and 13 law enforcement officers died in such raids from 2010 through 2016. Scores of others were maimed or wounded.”

Monopoly has three new tokens, one of which is a dinosaur:

What’s a Boxersled? It’s a Subaru WRX STI on an Olympic bobsled run:

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