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Debt ceiling deal to advance

PRESIDENT Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met with Congressional leadership about raising the debt ceiling on May 16, 2023, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Despite a revolt from some Republicans over the terms of the debt ceiling deal worked out between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden, the final step toward final approval may be taken as soon as Wednesday.

According to United Press International, a key committee of the House of Representatives was expected to vote Tuesday night to advance the deal to the full House of Representatives for a vote on Wednesday.

The agreement between Biden and McCarthy calls for a stop on the growth of federal spending, but does not require huge cuts in the budget. Some Republicans wanted more trimming, and some Democrats decried work requirements for certain public assistance programs.

The deadline to raise the debt ceiling is June 5.

Ukraine sends drones to Moscow

RUSSIA VS. UKRAINE (Shutterstock).

One day after the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv was hit by a Russian drone attack, the Russian capital of Moscow was struck by drones, presumably launched by Ukraine,

Most of the drones were knocked down by Russian air defenses, according to The New York Times, and damage was light.  No one was killed in Moscow; one person died in Kyiv.

The Ukrainian government did not take credit for the attack but one official said he was “happy” to learn of the incident.

The United States has generally cautioned the Ukrainians from using weapons – many of them from the U.S. –inside Russia, but there was no official criticism of the drone counter-attack.

Rosalyn Carter diagnosed with dementia

JIMMY and Rosalynn Carter, 2016 (Wikipedia).

Rosalynn Carter, the former First Lady, has been diagnosed with dementia. The Carter Center announced that Carter, 95, is living at home with husband former President Jimmy Carter, 98, who is receiving hospice care.

The Carters have been married for almost 77 years. They occupied The White House for four years – 1977 to 1981 during which time she advocated for greater awareness and resources to be developed regarding the treatment of mental illness.

According to the Associated Press, the family -– through the Carter Center – said that one in 10 older Americans have dementia.

Sports:  Dodgers vs. Nats; Halos vs. Chisox

The Los Angeles Dodgers (33-22) will host the Washington Nationals (23-31) this evening in Chavez Ravine. The Los Angeles Angels (29-26) are on the road in Chicago playing the White Sox (22-34)

Weather: Clouds and sun, again

The forecast for the West Orange County area must look familiar. Wednesday will be cloudy with a daytime high of 68 and an overnight low of 60. Thursday will be similar with morning clouds and afternoon sun. Friday should be slightly warmer at 69 (57) with clouds and sun, but Saturday should be mostly sunny at 71 (58).

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