Trump nemesis Liz Cheney beaten in Wyoming GOP primary
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (AP) — Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Donald Trump’s fiercest Republican opponent in Congress, was defeated in a GOP primary. She fell to Harriet Hageman, a rival backed by the former president, on Tuesday in a rout that strengthened her grip on the party base. Cheney describes his loss as the start of a new chapter, telling his followers that “our work is far from done.” She says she “will do whatever it takes to ensure that Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office again.” Cheney’s political future beyond Capitol Hill could include a 2024 presidential race, potentially putting her on another collision course with Trump.
Biden signs massive climate and health care legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signed Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill into law. It is the “final piece” of the president’s streamlined national platform as he aims to strengthen his party’s standing with voters ahead of the midterm elections. Biden says, “The American people won and special interests lost.” The legislation includes the largest federal investment ever to fight climate change – some $375 billion over a decade. It also caps prescription drug costs at $2,000 a year for Medicare beneficiaries and helps about 13 million Americans pay for health insurance by extending subsidies provided during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Western states hit by further cuts to Colorado River water
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face reductions in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West experiences more drought. Federal authorities made the announcement on Tuesday. Cuts planned for next year will force states to make critical decisions about where to cut consumption and whether to prioritize growing cities or agricultural areas. Mexico will also face cuts. But the seven states that rely on the river could soon face even bigger cuts the government has said are needed to prevent reservoirs from sinking so low they can’t be pumped out.
Trump’s angry words spark warnings of real violence
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities and experts who study online extremism are warning of a risk of additional attacks on federal law enforcement following the FBI’s raid of the home of the ex-President Donald Trump in Florida. Following the Mar-a-Lago raid, online posts blaming the FBI exploded, as did overt references to the Civil War. A Pennsylvania man was arrested Monday after authorities said he posted violent threats against the FBI on Trump’s social media platform. Last week, a man armed with an AR-15 attempted to break into the FBI offices in Cincinnati and was killed after shooting at police. Extremism experts warn that violence could escalate as investigations into Trump unfold.
Explosions rock Crimea in suspected Ukrainian attack
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Explosions and fires ripped through an ammunition depot in Russia-annexed Crimea in the second suspected Ukrainian attack on the peninsula in just over a week. The explosions forced the evacuation of more than 3,000 people. Russia attributes the explosions to an “act of sabotage” without naming the perpetrators. Ukraine has refrained from publicly claiming responsibility. Explosions last week destroyed nine Russian planes at another air base in Crimea. Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and used it to launch attacks on the country in the war that began nearly six months ago. If Ukrainian forces were, in fact, behind the explosions, they would represent a significant escalation of the war.
Scientists say new climate law should reduce warming
WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientists say the new spending package President Biden just signed will reduce future warming a bit. The president on Tuesday signed a climate law that includes $375 billion in incentives to produce clean energy, as part of a comprehensive budget bill. The head of the science-based Climate Action Tracker calls it the biggest thing to ever happen to the United States in climate policy. It calculates that US carbon dioxide emissions will now drop 42% from 2005 levels. That doesn’t quite meet the US goal of halving carbon pollution by the end of the decade.
Palin and Murkowski highlight Alaska’s 2 elections on Tuesday
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska holds two elections Tuesday. In one, voters get their first chance to use preferential choice voting in a statewide election in a special U.S. House election in which Sarah Palin seeks to return to her elected duties. The former governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee faces Republican Nick Begich and Democrat Mary Peltola in the race to fill the remainder of Rep. Don Young’s term. Young died in March. The winner may not be known until late August. The other election is the state primary, in which the top four voters in races for the United States Senate, House, Governor, and Legislature will qualify for the general election.
Abortion vote in Kansas: why recount with such a large margin?
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas has begun a partial manual recount of this month’s decisive statewide vote in favor of abortion rights. Nine of the state’s 105 counties were forced into a recount by two Republican activists. Earlier this month, voters rejected a proposed Kansas Constitution amendment that would have allowed the Republican-controlled legislature to further restrict or ban abortion. The measure failed by 18 percentage points or 165,000 votes statewide. But state law allows any registered voter to request a recount on a statewide voting question, and the two GOP activists provided credit cards to cover the cost of about $120,000. $.
Serena Williams loses to Raducanu; Next US Open
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Serena Williams is 0-2 in games since announcing “the countdown has begun” on her career. She lost 6-4, 6-0 to US Open champion Emma Raducanu at the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday night. Williams, 40, said in a Vogue magazine essay and Instagram post last week that her career was coming to an end. She did not explicitly say that the US Open, which begins August 29 in New York, would be her last tournament. Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion, most recently in 2017 at the Australian Open. She said expanding her family was a big reason she planned to move away.
Best-selling ‘Das Boot’ filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen has died
NEW YORK (AP) — Wolfgang Petersen, the German filmmaker whose World War II underwater epic “Das Boot” launched him into a successful Hollywood career that included the “In the Line of Fire” films , “Air Force One” and “The Perfect Storm,” died. He was 81 years old. Michelle Bega, a representative for Petersen, said the director died Friday at his home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Petersen, born in Emden, Germany, made two feature films before his 1982 breakthrough “Das Boot,” which chronicled the intense claustrophobia aboard a doomed WWII German submarine. “Das Boot” launched Petersen as a filmmaker in Hollywood, where he became one of the top creators of action adventures.
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