5 things to know on Tuesday


Can Liz Cheney survive? Primaries test Trump’s strength in Alaska, Wyoming

Alaska and Wyoming will hold high-profile primary elections on Tuesday in contests where former President Donald Trump’s presence will once again loom. In Wyoming, all eyes are on Rep. Liz Cheney, a vocal Trump critic who is unlikely to survive a challenge from attorney Harriet Hageman. In Alaska, voters will select primary candidates for Senate, governor and the state’s only seat in the House. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski faces a Trump-backed challenger after voting to convict the former president in his second impeachment trial following the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. On the other side of the GOP tent, Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and running mate, is back on a ballot in Alaska on Tuesday. Endorsed by Trump, she finished first to qualify for a special election to replace Rep. Don Young, who died in March. Palin is actually on the ballot twice: once in the election to finish Young’s term and another for a full two-year term in the House beginning in January.

Biden to sign Inflation Reduction Act

President Joe Biden will sign the Cut Inflation Act, sweeping health care, climate and tax legislation into law on Tuesday. The bill includes record spending on clean energy initiatives, measures to reduce prescription drug prices and a tax overhaul to ensure big businesses pay income taxes. The 10-year, $739 billion program will also raise taxes on some corporations while reducing the deficit by about $100 billion over the next decade. It would also allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices — long fought over by the pharmaceutical industry — and extend Affordable Care Act grants by three years through 2025. Democrats backed the law. The signing caps a legislative productivity push for Biden and Congress, which in three months has approved legislation on veterans benefits, the semiconductor industry and gun controls for young buyers.

States should develop a plan to use significantly less water from the Colorado River Basin

Seven states are expected to draft a plan by Tuesday that would reduce use of the Colorado River Basin’s water supply. If they don’t, the federal government has threatened to intervene. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the government agency that owns and operates the nation’s major dams and reservoirs, announced in June that the seven western states that depend on the Colorado River Basin for water supplies had 60 days to agree on a drastic utilization plan. less water. As droughts linked to the climate crisis further strain water resources in the West, more communities are at risk of seeing their daily lives impacted by water shortages. The objective: to rebalance the use of water and the water supply, so as not to draw on reserves that will one day run out.

Jury selection underway as R. Kelly faces federal trial

Jury selection in the disgraced R&B star and R. Kelly’s federal sex offender trial continues Tuesday as prosecutors and attorneys prepare for a second attempt to re-convict him as a sexual predator. The trial opened in his hometown of Chicago on Monday and focuses on whether Kelly threatened and paid off a girl he himself allegedly filmed abusing when he was around 30. and that she was no more than 14 years old. some later explained that they felt they had no choice because the girl had not testified. The woman, now in her 30s, will be the government’s star witness in the federal trial which is expected to last four weeks. Kelly, 55, was previously sentenced by a federal judge in New York to 30 years in prison for a 2021 conviction for using his fame to sexually abuse other young fans.

Reports: Tiger Woods to meet with PGA Tour players in bid to fend off LIV Golf

Tiger Woods is heading to the BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware, this week, but not to play golf, according to multiple reports. Instead, he’s going to meet with a group of PGA Tour players to discuss the LIV Golf Invitational Series’ continued encroachment. On Tuesday, Woods is expected to meet a number of the top 20 players in the world before the start of the second FedEx Cup playoff tournament. Woods has spoken out against the Saudi-funded LIV several times, including at the 150th Open Championship in July. “Greg (Norman) has done things that I don’t think are in the best interest of our game,” Woods said at the time, referring to the LIV CEO. As columnist Christine Brennan recently noted, “When LIV golfers meet the press, they should know what’s in store for them: questions about leaving their old jobs on the PGA Tour for new jobs taking millions of the Government’s Public Investment Fund (of Saudi Arabia), which is controlled by (Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman).”

Contributor: The Associated Press


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