Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of fifty-one. Sunrise is 6:17 AM and sunset 7:33 PM, for 13h 15m 45sof daytime. The moon is full, with 99.9% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the one hundred fifty-fourth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.
On this day in 1898, Pres. McKinley asks Congress for a declaration of war against Spain. On this day in 1965, six tornadoes struck Southern Wisconsin, killing 3 and injuring 65, as part of an outbreak of 51 tornadoes responsible for 260 deaths and over $200 million in damages throughout Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
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Jacob Carpenter reports that a Milwaukee woman accuses jail staff of causing unborn child’s death: “A former inmate at the Milwaukee County Jail is alleging her unborn child died in the womb because of improper medical care she received while in Sheriff’s Office custody. Attorneys for Jennifer Jawson said they believe medical staff failed to give the 35-year-old mother proper prescriptions during her weeklong stint in jail. Jawson was nearly 9 months pregnant when her child’s heart stopped beating, her lawyers said Jawson’s attorneys on Friday filed a notice of claim, a precursor to a lawsuit against a county agency. It’s the fifth notice of claim filed against the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office in relation to medical care and a death involving an inmate in 2016. Four people died at the facility last year.”
Anthony Faiola and Sarah Pulliam Bailey report How Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church against anti-migrant populism: “VATICAN CITY — As politicians around the world including President Trump take an increasingly hard line on immigration, a powerful force is rallying to the side of migrants: the Roman Catholic Church led by Pope Francis. Catholic cardinals, bishops and priests are emerging as some of the most influential opponents of immigration crackdowns backed by right-wing populists in the United States and Europe. The moves come as Francis, who has put migrants at the top of his agenda, appears to be leading by example, emphasizing his support for their rights in sermons, speeches and deeds. The pro-migrant drive risks dividing Catholics — many of whom in the United States voted for Trump. Some observers say it is also inserting the church into politics in a manner recalling the heady days of Pope John Paul II, who stared down communism and declared his opposition to the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The Vatican is standing in open opposition to politicians like Trump not just on immigration but also on other issues, including climate-change policy. But the focal point is clearly migrant rights.”
Michael J. O’Loughlin reports New data suggest Clinton, not Trump, won Catholic vote: “According to an analysis of American National Election Studies data by a political scientist at Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Catholic voters narrowly went for Democrat Hillary Clinton, 48 percent to 45 percent. Among Hispanic Catholics, Mrs. Clinton cleaned up handily, winning by more than 50 points.”
Rick Wilson contends that The Trouble With Trump’s White House Is Donald Trump: “Trump is faced with terrible options when it comes to rearranging the deck chairs on the SS White House, and those of us who warned you this was inevitable are ordering popcorn. The cancer in the presidency isn’t his staff—though they reflect his shoddy intellect, his shallow impulsiveness, his loose grasp of reality, and Chinese-menu ideology. The problem is Trump himself, and nothing and no one can change that. Let’s start with the leader of the Pepe Army sleeper cell at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Steve Bannon. If Trump keeps his chief strategist, he keeps the poisonous, post-conservative nationalism and thinly-veiled racial and religious animus that helped put him in the Oval Office. Bannon was great at running a conspiracy blog, but his political instincts are those of an arsonist, not a strategist. He has led Trump into a series of unforced political debacles, tainted relations with Congress, and alienated members of America’s new royal family. He’s already become persona non grata in Congress for his absurdly villainous performance trying unsuccessfully to browbeat them into accepting the ludicrously unpopular Trumpcare bill, and his economic nationalism is big-government statism wrapped in populist trade and industrial policies. Bannon is a famous brawler, and like many brawlers after too many beers, he lashes out any anyone for lookin’ at him funny. A Bannon power center in the White House is as dangerous as its vacuum.”