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National abortion ban proposed

A NATONAL BAN on abortions was proposed on Tuesday by Sen. Lindsay Graham (Shutterstock).

A national ban on abortions after 15 weeks was proposed on Tuesday by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).

According to the Associated Press, the proposal was expected to continue to place the issue of abortion at the center of the 2022 general election this fall.

“America’s got to make some decisions,” said Graham in Washington. 

The proposal faces some serious obstacles to becoming law soon. Democrats are favored to retain control of the Senate this fall, and even if Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress, it would be certain to be vetoed by President Joe Biden.

“A nationwide abortion ban – that’s the contrast between the two parties, plain and simple,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York).

Graham’s proposal would allow exceptions in case of rape, incest or risk to the physical health of the woman.

Stocks tumble on inflation news

CONSUMER PRICES are up (Shutterstock).

A disappointing report on consumer prices sent the stock market reeling on Tuesday. According to the Commerce Department, inflation rose 8.3 percent in the year through August 2022.

That’s a little better than the previous report showing a 8.5 percent increase, but it prompted a steep drop on Wall Street, according to The New York Times. The benchmark S&P 500 fell 4.3 percent, the biggest one-day skid since June 2020.

The rise of costs may trigger an increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve as it tries to cool off a hot economy

Sports: Dodgers clinch another title

The Los Angeles Dodgers (98-43) clinched their ninth National League West Division title with a 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Clayton Kershaw pitched seven shutout innings, supported by three solo home runs. It was one of the earliest “clinches” in team history. There are still 21 regular season games remaining to play.

Mike Trout’s streak of seven home runs in a row was snapped on Tuesday as the Los Angeles Angels (61-81) lost to the Cleveland Guardians by the score of 3-1. The Halos led 1-0 until Oscar Gonzalez hit a two-run home run off Jose Suarez in the sixth. With the loss, the Halos dropped out of third place into fourth in the American League West.

Weather: Heat wave is behind us now

For the West Orange County area, the forecast is a welcome change from the heat that reached into the high 90s and low100s. Wednesday’s high is expected to be 80 with an overnight low of 67 under clear skies. Thursday will be similar at 80 (66) with Friday only slightly warmer at 81 (65).  

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