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Biden’s $2T bill getting “close”

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN is hoping a series of compromises will allow him to sign into law a $2 trillion package to expand the social safety need and combat climate change (White House photo).

President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion domestic package for the social safety net and climate change – scaled down from $3.5 trillion – is getting close to a deal that could allow it to pass.

According to the Associated Press, negotiations are continuing over the weekend, working with progressives, who want a bigger list of programs, and moderates who want fewer. The final result is likely to center on child care, health care and clean energy, the AP reports.

“Look – hey, look, it’s all about compromise,” said Biden at a town hall earlier this week, according to The New York Times. But compromise might not be enough in other areas as the Senate filibuster rule is blocking legislation to protect voting rights.

A filibuster – a move to prevent action in the Senate by speaking at length to cause delay – now requires 60 votes to overcome. Most Democrats in the upper house want to abolish it, and all Republicans – along with two Democrats – have expressed opposition to the change.

Sports: Dodgers, Bruins and Trojans

The Los Angeles Dodgers will play the Atlanta Braves today (Saturday) in a do-or-die sixth game of the National League Championship Series. The Braves lead three games to two. If the Dodgers win to even the series, a seventh game will be played on Sunday.

The winner will face the Houston Astros, who defeated the Boston Red Sox in the American League series.

UCLA came close, but not close enough in its Pac-12 football game Saturday against 10th ranked Oregon. The Bruins jumped out to a 14-0 lead, fell behind 27-17, rallied and made it close, finally losing 34-31. The Ducks are 6-1 and the Uclans are 5-3,

Notre Dame is hosting USC later this evening.

Weather: Rain left but will return

Saturday’s rain in the West Orange County area will leave on Sunday, but return on Monday. The forecast for Sunday is for a high of 73 with morning clouds and afternoon sun. But the next day has an 89 percent chance of rain and a high of 66. Sunny skies should resume on Tuesday and continue through the week and into next weekend.

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