The U.S. Supreme Court will begin its next session on Monday in which it face decisions on abortion, gun rights and the separation of church and state.
According to The New York Times, the case with the greatest impact could be an appeal challenging a strict Mississippi law restricting abortion. With six conservatives on the court – all appointed by Republican presidents – the chances for overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which created a national right to abortion, are considered to be higher than ever.
Some members of the court – including Chief Justice John Roberts – have expressed concern that the public is viewing it more and more as a partisan tribunal, rather than applying the law impartially.
A Gallup Poll finding released in September found that only 40 percent of those surveyed approved of the performance of the court, the lowest since the question was first asked in 2000. Fifty-three percent disapproved, also a new mark.
Deadline on key bills moves to Oct. 31
Will Halloween prove to be a trick or a treat for President Joe Biden? In a letter to Democrats on Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said that the House of Representatives now have until the end of the month to settle differences on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
According to United Press International, the passage of that bill is tied to later potential approval of a $3.5 trillion package to expand the social safety net and combat climate change.
Democrats have slim majorities in both houses of Congress, but infighting has made passage problematical.
Also in the news . . .
- A small plane has crashed into an empty building outside Milan in Italy, killing all eight people on board
- A bomb blast outside of a mosque in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has killed at least five people.
Sports: Dodgers win, but finish second
UPDATE: The Los Angeles Dodgers won their final game of the 2021 regular Major League Baseball season on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough. The San Francisco Giants also won, and earned the National League West title, tipping the Blue Crew into the wild card category.
At Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers (106-56) defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 10-3, but the Giants (107-55) beat the San Diego Padres 11-4 to finish one game ahead.
With that result, LAD will face the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card game.
The Angels (77-85) completed their season with a 7-3 victory in Seattle over the Mariners, knocking the M’s out of a possible American League wild card berth.
The 162nd game of the 2021 Major League Baseball season could be the wildest, as teams battle down to the final day to win titles and grab wild card playoff spots.
At Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Milwaukee Brewers in a 12:10 p.m. game. If they win and the San Francisco Giants lose at home to the San Diego Padres (game time at 12:05 p.m.), there will be a tiebreaker game on Monday in SF. The loser advances to the wild card category and will face the St. Louis Cardinals in a one-game “play-in” contest to advance into post-season play.
The Angels will close out the season with a game in Seattle against the Mariners, who need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Houston Astros have clinched their American League West title.
Pro football: The Los Angeles Rams (now 3-1) lost 37-20 to the Arizona Cardinals (4-0Sunday in a battle for first in the NFC West. SoFI Stadium in a 1:05 game. The Los Angeles Chargers (2-1) will be in action Monday hosting the Las Vegas Raiders (3-0) at 5:15.
College football: UCLA (3-2) was upset Saturday by Arizona State (4-1) at the Rose Bowl, while USC (3-2) thumped Colorado 37-14.
Weather: Cooler, cooler, cool …
Clouds will be moving in over the West Orange County area this coming week as temperatures drop into the low 70s. According to weather.com, Monday’s high under mostly cloudy skies will dip to 84 (overnight low of 64 degrees) then down to 78 (62) on Tuesday and 75 on Wednesday. In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, daily highs will be two to four degrees cooler.