Can Liz Cheney survive? Primaries test Trump strength in Alaska, Wyoming
Alaska and Wyoming will hold high-profile primary elections Tuesday in contests where the presence of former President Donald Trump will, yet again, again loom. In Wyoming, all eyes are on Rep. Liz Cheney, an outspoken critic of Trump who is not expected to survive a challenge from lawyer Harriet Hageman. In Alaska, voters will select nominees in primaries for Senate, governor and the state’s sole House seat. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski faces a Trump-backed challenger after she voted to convict the former president during his second impeachment trial following the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. On the other side of the GOP’s tent, Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee, is back on an Alaska ballot Tuesday. Endorsed by Trump, she finished first to qualify for a special election seeking to replace Rep. Don Young, who died in March. Palin is actually on the ballot twice: once in the election to complete Young’s term and another for a full two-year House term starting in January.
- Cheney’s challenge: What to know about her House primary
- Timeline: Cheney’s rise and fall from GOP graces
- Earlier coverage: Sarah Palin loses lawsuit against New York Times over libel allegations
Can Liz Cheney get re-elected after January 6 hearings?
Cheney is facing backlash among Republicans in deep-red Wyoming for speaking out against Trump for trying to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office. (July 22) (Video by Thomas Peipert/AP)
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Biden to sign Inflation Reduction Act
President Joe Biden will sign the Inflation Reduction Act Tuesday, the sweeping legislation on health care, climate and taxes. The bill includes record spending on clean energy initiatives, measures to reduce prescription drug prices and a tax overhaul to ensure large corporations pay income taxes. The 10-year, $739 billion package will also raise taxes on certain corporations while reducing the deficit by about $100 billion over the next decade. It would also allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices – long opposed by the pharmaceutical industry – and extend Affordable Care Act subsidies three more years through 2025. The House on Friday passed the bill along party lines, voting 220-207, with no Republicans joining Democrats in supporting the act. The signing caps a spurt of legislative productivity for Biden and Congress, who in three months have approved legislation on veterans’ benefits, the semiconductor industry and gun checks for young buyers.
- Previous coverage: Sen. Bernie Sanders criticizes Inflation Reduction Act, says it will have ‘minimal impact’
- What will the Inflation Reduction Act mean for small businesses?
House passes Inflation Reduction Act, sends it to Biden
The House passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a massive bill on health, climate and taxes. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden.
Ariana Triggs, USA TODAY
States expected to draft plan to use drastically less water from Colorado River Basin
Seven states are expected to draft a plan by Tuesday that would lessen the use of water supply from the Colorado River Basin. If they fail to do so, the federal government has threatened to intervene. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the government agency that owns and operates major dams and reservoirs in the country, announced in June that the seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River Basin for water supplies had 60 days to agree on a plan to use drastically less water. As droughts linked to the climate crisis further strain water resources in the West, more communities are likely to have their day-to-day life impacted by water shortages. The goal: Bring water usage and water supply back in line, so that we are not tapping into reserves that will one day dry up.
- ‘The moment of reckoning is near’: Feds warn huge cuts needed to shore up Lake Mead, Colorado River
- Additional water issues: The Rio Grande went dry in Albuquerque for first time in 40 years
States that use Colorado River Basin water mandated to cut use
Climate change, wildfires, and a mega drought are factors that caused the Colorado River Basin water levels to drop to historic low.
Claire Hardwick, USA TODAY
Jury selection underway as R. Kelly faces federal trial
Jury selection in disgraced R&B star and convicted sex offender R. Kelly’s federal trial continues Tuesday as prosecutors and lawyers gird for a second attempt to convict him again as a sexual predator. The trial opened Monday in his hometown of Chicago, and centers on whether Kelly threatened and paid off a girl whom he allegedly videotaped himself abusing when he was around 30 and she was no older than 14. Jurors in the 2008 child pornography trial acquitted Kelly, with some later explaining that they felt they had no choice because the girl did not testify. The woman, now in her 30s, will be the government’s star witness in the federal trial that’s expected to last four weeks. Kelly, 55, already has been sentenced by a New York federal judge to a 30-year prison term for a 2021 conviction on charges that he used his fame to sexually abuse other young fans.
- R. Kelly’s trial in Chicago, explained: Why the convicted sex offender is back in court
- Previous coverage: R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison after NY sex trafficking conviction
AP: R Kelly previous case revisited
Jury selection begins at R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago, where the R&B singer is accused of paying off a key witness in his 2008 state trial on child pornography charges. (Aug. 15)
Reports: Tiger Woods to meet with PGA Tour players in effort to fend off LIV Golf
Tiger Woods is headed 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 continued encroachment of the LIV Golf Invitational Series. On Tuesday, Woods is set to meet with a number of the top-20 ranked players in the world before the start of the second FedEx Cup Playoffs tournament. Woods has spoken out against the Saudi-funded LIV several times, including at the 150th Open Championship in July. “Greg (Norman) has done some things that I don’t think (are) in the best interest of our game,” Woods said at the time, referencing the LIV CEO. As columnist Christine Brennan recently noted, “When LIV golfers meet the press, they should know by now what’s coming: questions about leaving their old jobs on the PGA Tour for new jobs taking millions from (Saudi Arabia’s) government’s Public Investment Fund, which is controlled by (Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman).”
- ‘Brainwashed’: Billy Horschel goes off LIV members who think they’ll play on PGA Tour again
- ‘They paid me a lot of money’: Broadcaster David Feherty opens up about why he joined LIV Golf
- Q&A: Former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman weighs in on LIV Golf
Tiger Woods’ comments on LIV Golf expose league’s true ugliness
Sports Seriously: Andy Nesbitt and Mackenzie Salmon discuss the impact Tiger Woods’ comments on LIV Golf have on the sport going forward.
Contributing: The Associated Press