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Family leave in the middle

PAID FAMILY LEAVE – paid for by the federal government – may be the sticking point for passage of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social safety net and climate change package (Flickr/Popular Patty).

A four-week paid family leave for parents may be the pivot upon which passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social safety and climate change package turns.

After passing the House of Representatives on Friday, the measure now goes to the evenly-divided Senate. If all Republicans are opposed and all Democrats vote in favor, Vice President Kamala Harris could break the tie.

But, according to Reuters, the sticking point for Democrats may be the family leave provision.

The U.S. is the only developed nation without such a policy, but some centrists among the Democrats are worried about the cost of the leave, which would be paid not by the employers but by the federal government.

Unpaid family leave to care for a newborn child or a sick relative, for a maximum of 12 work weeks in a year, is already the law.

A compromise on the issue is being sought.

Tennis star tells IOC she is safe

PENG SHUAI (Wikipedia)

Chinese tennis standout Peng Shuai gave assurances she was safe in her home after concerns were expressed about her fate following her accusations of sexual assault by a high-ranking government official.

According to United Press International, she had a 30-minute video call with the president of the International Olympic Committee in which she said she was “safe and well” but desired her privacy.

In a social media post earlier this month – since deleted – she accused the former mayor of Beijing of forcing her into sex three years ago after she concluded what had been a consensual arrangement.

Sports: Ohio State rises to second spot

THE AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL Top 25 is out (Shutterstock).

Powered by a big 56-7 win over Michigan State, Ohio State (11-0) rose to the second spot in the AP Top 25 Associated Press college football poll released today. Georgia (11-0) remained in the top spot.

In third is Alabama (10-1), followed by Cincinnati (11-0) in fourth, Notre Dame (10-1) in fifth, Michigan (10-1) in sixth, Oklahoma State (10-1) in seventh, Ole Miss (9-2) in eighth, Baylor (9-2) in ninth and Oklahoma (10-1) in 10th.

Weather: Warm, then cool, then …

The thermometer will be bouncing up and down for the next few days for the West Orange County area. The forecast calls for a daytime high of 86 on Monday with an overnight low of 56. Partly cloudy skies are predicted. But on Tuesday, the temp drops all the way to 71 (51) with mostly cloudy conditions. On Wednesday, there’s a reversal back up to 76 (54). In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, Monday’s high should be 85 (57) with a small craft advisory in place for possible high Santa Ana winds of up to 25 miles an hour. Tuesday will be much cooler at 69 (53) under partly cloudy skies.


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