President Joe Biden proposed a tax holiday on fuel, but not everyone in Congress is ready to hit the gas. An earthquake rocked Afghanistan, leaving 1,000 dead and scores more injured. And we’re looking at the maze of state abortion laws that would be triggered should Roe v. Wade is overturned.
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Congress not quite ready to green-light Biden’s gas tax holiday
As gas prices soar above $5 a gallon in many states, President Biden on Wednesday called on Congress to temporarily halt the federal tax on gas and asked states, which have their own taxes, to take similar action. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats were skeptical and remained noncommittal, signaling Biden’s proposal could be doomed out of the gate. The pause, which Biden envisions lasting through September, would require congressional approval. The White House billed the holiday as a way to provide some “breathing room” as it works to bring costs down over the long term. Read more about Biden’s plan.
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If Roe v. Wade is overturned, a maze of state abortion laws await
The US Supreme Court is poised to force women seeking abortions to navigate a labyrinth of laws and restrictions ranging from near-outright bans in more than a dozen states to provisions in a few states not only guaranteeing access to abortion, but funding to pay for them. . If a decision is made to eliminate federal abortion rights, within a year, as many as 75,000 women won’t make it to a provider, according to one estimate, and would be forced to give birth instead. That would just be the start of the fallout from a ruling with implications that stretch far beyond reproductive health care, to encompass suppression of female participation in the workforce and the amplification of racial and economic inequities. Keep reading.
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At least 1,000 killed in Afghanistan earthquake
An earthquake rocked eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 1,000 people, injuring 1,500 more and destroying homes and other buildings in the rugged, mountainous region. Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada told the state-run Bakhtar News Agency the death toll from the magnitude 5.9 tremor was likely to rise. Hundreds of homes and other buildings were destroyed, he said. The quake struck at 1:24 am local time, when many were sleeping, and was felt more than 300 miles by 119 million people across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. “People are digging grave after grave,” said Mohammad Amin Huzaifa, head of the Information and Culture Department in Paktika. Read more + see a map of the earthquake.
Pilots picket as airline unions leverage summer travel woes
Hundreds of uniformed Southwest Airlines pilots stood in perfect lines in the scorching Texas sun at Dallas Love Field on Tuesday, holding signs that blamed Southwest management for delays and cancellations that have upset passengers. The protest, which the union said drew up to 1,300 pilots, was the latest example of airline workers trying to put pressure on companies by taking their demands for higher pay directly to the flying public. Keep reading to learn more about the pilots’ plight.
Will NFL owner Daniel Snyder be subpoenaed?
It’s looking like it. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the alleged toxic workplace environment within the Washington Commanders organization. At the center of the investigation is team owner Daniel Snyder, who has been accused of inappropriate workplace conduct. Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., announced her intent to subpoena Snyder to appear before the committee for a deposition next week. Snyder, through his attorney for him, declined to testify, indicating that he was out of the country because of a “longstanding Commanders-related business conflict.” Here are the key moments from Wednesday’s hearing.
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