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Biden mulls gas tax “holiday”

A “GAS TAX” holiday is being considered by President Joe Biden (Pexels/Gustavo Fring).

How would you like to save 18 cents on a gallon on gasoline?

According to The Associated Press, President Joe Biden is mulling the possibility of a “holiday” on federal gas tax of 18.4 cents that’s part of the price consumers pay for motor fuel.

“Yes, I’m considering it,” said Biden. “I hope to have a decision based on the data – I’m looking for by the end of the week.

While allowing consumers to take a break from rising gasoline prices – almost $5 a gallon nationally but over $6 a gallon at some Orange County stations – might ease inflation, it would mean less money later to build and repair highways.

Now, Russia threatens Lithuania

The Baltic nation of Lithuania, once an involuntary part of the defunct Soviet Union, is again getting pressure from the Kremlin.

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin (Shutterstock).

The New York Times reports that Russia is threatening some kind of retaliation against that nation for refusing the importation through Lithuania of some goods to Kalingrad, a part of the Russian Federation but geographically isolated from it by Polish and Lithuanian territory.

The ban imposed by the European Union was “a violation of everything,” according to a Russian spokesman. However, any military action against Lithuania would require other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – including the U.S. – to come to its defense.

Sports: Angels lose to KC; Dodgers take a break

Noah Syndergaard had another tough luck outing on Monday for the Los Angeles Angels, lasting well into the eight inning in the Halos’ 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals broke up a tight 3-2 game with two home runs off Syndergaard, whose record went to 4-6. He struck out five batters and walked two, yielded eight hits and five runs.

Most of the Angel offense was provided by Taylor Ward, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

The loss put the Angels’ record at 33-37, still in second place in the American League West. The series with KC resumes on Tuesday with Reid Detmers (2-3) making the start in Anaheim for the Halos.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, involved in a tight race for the lead in the National League West, have the day off and will be in Cincinnati to start a series with the Reds on Tuesday.

Weather: Summer arrives with …

Some serious heat. The daytime high in the West Orange County area hit 93 on Monday. So when the new season arrives “officially” on Tuesday, we’ll get a bit of a break with a high of 84 (overnight low of 63). The heat will return on Wednesday with partly cloudy skies. However, sunny skies will return on Thursday with a  high of 87 (65).


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