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Morning Briefing

Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

Is Michigan losing Foxconn to Wisconsin?: The Associated Press reports: "President Donald Trump said that a “major, major incredible manufacturer” may be headed to Wisconsin — is it Foxconn, the one Michigan was working to land? During a visit to Wisconsin on Tuesday, Trump said that 'Just backstage, we were negotiating with a major, major incredible manufacturer of phones and computers and televisions and I think they’re going to give the governor a very happy surprise very soon.' Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker flew to Japan for the weekend of June 2 but he and economic development leaders wouldn’t say why. That same weekend, Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan flew to Asia in what is believed to be an attempt to lure Taiwan-based Foxconn to Michigan. The global electronics assembly giant is considering spending $4.2 billion on a U.S. factory and hiring 5,000 workers for the assembly of liquid-crystal display screens for the automotive, aviation and defense industries, according to state government sources. Snyder has ramped up pressure on the Michigan Legislature to pass the so-called 'Good Jobs for Michigan' legislation, which the governor hinted that the bill's tax incentives were critical to land a big employer." Read more.


Investigation of Trump would have widespread legal implications: Ari Melber and Phil Helsel of NBC News write: "A report Wednesday that an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election now includes an examination of whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice raises several legal implications. The Washington Post, citing officials, reported Wednesday night that Robert Mueller, the special counsel now overseeing the investigation is looking at Trump's conduct. The report states that an investigation into Trump for possible obstruction of justice began just 'days' after the president fired FBI director James Comey, on May 9, citing people familiar with the matter. That would mean it began before Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 17. A spokesman for Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz said in response to the Post report Wednesday: 'The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.' According to the Post, which did not credit their reporting to an FBI leak, the special counsel is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of the expanded probe, which previously focused on alleged Russian attempts to interfere in the election. The New York Times also reported Wednesday that Mueller wants to speak to at least 'three high-ranking current or former intelligence officials.'" Read more.


Paul Ryan gave a spot-on speech on the baseball shooting: Chris Cillizza of CNN writes: "There's a lot of awfulness in Washington today as the city and its political class grapple with the shootings at a Republican baseball practice that left five people wounded including Rep. Steve Scalise, the 3rd ranking Republican in the House. But, out of awfulness (almost) always comes some good. And, the speech Speaker Paul Ryan gave on the House floor today honoring the victims and urging unity very much qualifies. The whole speech is at the bottom of this post and, if you haven't read it yet, you should. I plucked out a few lines that I thought were extremely well said and moving. They're below. 1. 'An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.' It's easy to lose sight of our common humanity -- whether you are a member of Congress or not. The tendency, particularly in our current national political environment, is to focus on what divides us, how different we are. Step back from that narrow focus, however, and you see we have much more in common than we differ on. Family, friends, food to eat, a place to live. Dreams and hopes." Read more.


Medical College and UW scientists seek to illuminate early stages of Alzheimer's disease: Crocker Stephenson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are seeking to do what has only become possible in recent years: use imaging technologies to illuminate the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and its effect on the still-living brain. Since its discovery by Alois Alzheimer in 1906, researchers examining the brains of people who have died while struggling with dementia have been confounded by the presence of sticky proteins, called plaques, and twisted fibers of protein, called tangles. Scientists are still not sure what causes them or exactly how they cause neural cell death and tissue loss, but the presence of plaques and tangles is the diagnostic hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Until recently, 'mapping out plaques and tangles could only be done after death, taking brain tissue and putting it under a microscope,' said Barbara Bendlin, associate professor of geriatrics and gerontology at UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health. 'Now, in the last few years, we have been able to examine these same pathologies in living humans,' she said. That's because of advancements in brain imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, and positron emission tomography, or PET scans." Read more.

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Wisconsin prison warden, employees convicted of fishing violations: Lillian Price of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "High-ranking Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials were convicted of criminal fishing violations in Ohio and now face an internal agency review after they deliberately skirted limits on walleye and caught more than allowed. Pleading guilty to a misdemeanor on June 5 and receiving fines of $150 each were Michael Dittmann, the warden at Columbia Correctional Institution; Steve Schueler, the deputy warden at Green Bay Correctional Institution; andPaul Neevel Jr., a corrections employee who is now working temporarily within the state's adult prison division. Three former high-ranking Corrections employees were also on the Lake Erie trip and received the same misdemeanor penalties in Ottawa County, Ohio. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in 2010 on an internal investigation of Dittmann by the Department of Corrections, which found evidence that he used slurs against gays, hurled fruit at subordinates who disagreed with him and may have even approved overtime pay for some staffers so others could go to cookouts. The men in Ohio all caught their limits of walleyes — a fish prized by anglers and diners alike — then stashed their fish on shore and went out again to catch another limit. The illegal practice is known as 'double-tripping.'" Read more.


Wisconsin Senate votes to end home baking sales ban: The Associated Press reports: "Wisconsin home bakers are closer to being able to legally sell their pies, cakes and muffins. The state Senate passed a bill on a voice vote and with no debate Wednesday that would allow home bakers to sell without a license. They could only sell face-to-face, they'd have to register with state consumer protection officials and sell less than $25,000 a year. The Senate passed a similar bill last session but it died in the Assembly, where it's been blocked by Speaker Robin Vos. He's introduced a competing proposal this year that would do away with all licensing for bakers, no matter their size. An identical bill must clear the Senate and Assembly and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker to become law. A Lafayette County judge two weeks ago struck down the law requiring home bakers to get a license as unconstitutional."