The Wider World

Joe: “It’s infrastucture week”

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN is celebrating the passage of his infrastructure bill.

President Joe Biden took a much-delayed “victory lap” on Saturday after Friday’s late night approval by the House of Representatives of his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

“Finally, it’s infrastructure week,” he said. “It puts us on the path to win the economic competition of the 21st century that we face with China and other large countries.”

The legislation passed the House by a vote of 228 to 206. Thirteen Republicans voted in favor and six Democrats voted against. The Senate has already passed it.

Biden claimed Saturday the bill would create millions of “well-paying jobs, union jobs” in the repair, modernization and construction of bridges, highways, broadband infrastructure, electric-vehicle charging stations and more.

Postponed for at least a day was a vote on the $1.85 trillion social safety net and climate bill that’s also a top priority of the Biden Administration.

Eight killed in music festival mishap

TRAVIS SCOTT (Wikipedia).

At least eight people have died during a crush of fans at a music festival in Houston today (Saturday).

According to the Associated Press, the Astroworld event had about 50,000 people attending. When rap star Travis Scott came onto the stage, concert-goers – already crowded together – pushed to the stage, crushing bodies and making it difficult or impossible to breathe.

Twenty people were hospitalized, of which 11 were in cardiac arrest, according to The New York Times. A “field hospital” at the venue gave treatment to another 300 people. 

Also in the news …

• A temporary halt to the vaccination requirement for businesses with 100 or more employees has been granted by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The deadline is Jan. 4 for those employed to get inoculated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly.

Sports: Criticism of Rodgers getting louder

Criticism of Green Bay Packer star quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to build after his refusal to get vaccinated against the coronavirus and the controversial comments that followed.

AARON RODGERS (Wikipedia).

Rodgers won’t be able to play in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he faces a fine from the National Football League and has lost a sponsorship from Prevea Health. 

Rodgers said he was allergic to two ingredients in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and has received an alternative treatment which made him “immunized.”

Critics in and out of the sports world have called his remarks “half-truths” and “dishonest” and he has called the criticism a “witch hunt.”

Weather: Playing it cool … for a while

The cool temperatures in West Orange County will persist for a few days and then turn to more summer-like days next week. The forecast for Sunday is for a daytime high of 68 degrees (53 overnight) with clouds in the morning yielding to afternoon sun. Monday will be slightly warmer at 71 (53) with similar weather. Tuesday will cool to 69, but then the thermometer will leap to 74 on Wednesday and 87 on Thursday and Friday. In coastal Huntington Beach, Sunday will be cooler with a high of 64 (55) overnight on Sunday, rising to 67 on Monday. Some areas will have significant fog.

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