The Wider World

Biden pushes abortion rights


If Democrats control Congress after the 2022 mid-term elections, the first bill he will send to Capitol Hill will be a national abortion rights bill, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday.

“I want to remind us all how we felt when 50 years of constitutional precedent was overturned,” said Biden, referring to the Supreme Court’s decision on the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that created a national right to end pregnancies.

Abortion has become a major issue in this year’s voting. In Minnesota, Republican candidate for governor Tim Michels backed off an earlier pledge supporting a near-total ban on abortions.

“I will never arrest a doctor,” he said.

Biden battling inflation with oil

CONSUMER PRICES are up (Shutterstock).

Fifteen million barrels of oil will be released from the U.S. strategic oil reserve on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

The cost of a gallon of gas at the pump is one of the most visible signs of inflation; the release of oil into the market could drive down prices. A similar earlier move did appear to have some effect, although the cost of fuel has since rebounded somewhat.

President Joe Biden is open to releasing more oil for sale, then restock the supply later, reports the AP.

Sports: Lakers lose opener to Warriors

The Los Angeles Lakers opened their 2022-23 season Tuesday night with a 123-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors . Stephen Curry scored 33 points for the winners, while LeBron James had 31 points for the losers.

Anthony Davis contributed 27 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks for the Lakers. The team will be back in action Thursday hosting the Los Angeles Clippers.

In the National League Championship series, two solo home runs were all the offense the Philadelphia Phillies needed to defeat the San Diego Padres Tuesday night in Game 1. The Phils had only three hits and the Padres two.

Weather: Hot times on the way

Break out the shorts, sun hat and flip flops … at least for a few days. The forecast from the National Weather Service for the West Orange County area calls for the daytime high to rocket to 93 degrees on Wednesday under sunny skies. The overnight low should be 68. Thursday should be cooler with a high of 87(64) and much cooler on Friday at 77(61) with patchy fog in the morning and sun in the evening.

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