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Senate passes domestic bill

SENATE wing of the U.S Capitol building (Wikipedia).

The U.S. Senate, divided on party lines, gave President Joe Biden a victory Sunday for his domestic agenda by passing his proposed “Inflation Reduction Act.”

With the two parties evenly divided and no defections, the deciding vote was cast by Vice President Kamala Harris, according to The New York Times.

The $740 billion package will now go to the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a slim majority. If the House – as expected – approves the bill, it will go to Biden for his signature.

This bill would provide money to battle climate change, rules to cut pharmaceutical costs and levy taxes on some major corporations, according to The Associated Press.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), said “Democrats have already robbed American families once through inflation, and now their solution is to rob American families a second time.”

Cease-fire goes into effect in Gaza

A three-day spasm of violence ended – perhaps temporarily – on Sunday when a cease-fire deal between Israel and Palestinian forces in the Gaza strip went into effect.

The truce took hold at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time. Israel had employed air strikes, while the Jihad group replied with rocket fire. The outbreak began on Friday when an Israeli air strike killed a commander of the Jihad forces.

Sports: Angels lose again to Mariners

After Friday’s win over Seattle, the Los Angeles Angels have lost two in a row to the Mariners (59-51). Sunday’s defeat was 6-3 as the home team scored four runs in the third, enough for the win. The Angels (46-53) were led by Jo Adell, who went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, and David Fletcher, who drove in three runs.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are leading the San Diego Padres 3-0 in the seventh inning.

On Saturday, the Angels lost 2-1 due to a two-run home run by the Mariners’ Ty France. Also on Saturday, the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-3, sparked by home runs by Will Smith (his 16th) and Max Muncy (his 11th).

Weather: Warm, but not hot

Earlier forecasts that Monday’s daytime highs in the West Orange area would reach into the 90s have been re-thought and the new prediction is for a high of 87 under sunny skies and an overnight low of 68. Tuesday is expected to be 88 (67) with partly cloudy conditions. Wednesday should be similar, with a bit more sun.

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