The Wider World

Voting on Electoral College bill

A MOB supporting Donald Trump raised a gallows in calling for the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election (Wikipedia/Tyler Merbler).

On Wednesday the House of Representatives will vote on a bill intended to keep candidates for the presidency from defying the popular will.

According to the Associated Press, the legislation is intended to close “loopholes” in the Electoral College Act which are used by supporters of former president Donald Trump in an attempt to deny the White House to Joe Biden.

Specifically, the new law would make clear that the role of the vice president in presiding over the Electoral College count is “ministerial,” meaning required as a ceremonial confirmation of the certificates submitted by the states, and that the vice president has no power to delay or overturn the results of the election.

The U.S. Senate is considering a similar bill.

Russians rushing to annex land

Referendums will be held in four areas in the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine on becoming part of Russia.

According to United Press International, the Putin government is calling for the vote to be held Friday as a way of claiming sovereignty over those areas before they are reclaimed by increasingly successful Ukrainian forces.

Sports: Judge matches The Babe

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees hit his 60th home run of the year Tuesday, tying in 147 games the mark made in 154 games by Babe Ruth. With his next homer, he’ll tie the 162-game season record set by Roger Maris in 1961. The Yankees won 9-8 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on a ninth-inning grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton.

Baseball: The Los Angeles Angels (65-83) tightened their grip on third place in the American League West with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers (63-84).

The Halos had 13 hits, led by Matt Duffy with three hits and two RBIs. One of his hits was a two-run home run. Mike Ford also had three hits.

Patrick Sandoval (6-9) got the win, working five innings and giving up three hits and two earned runs. He walked four batters but struck out seven.

As for the Los Angeles Dodgers, they scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 at home for their 103rd win against just 45 losses.

Weather: Warmer days are coming

A warming trend is coming to the West Orange County area. The National Weather Service forecast calls for sunny skies all week as the thermometer slowly rises. Wednesday’s daytime high should be 82 with an overnight low of 62. Thursday should hit 83 (63) and Friday 86 (65).

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