Good evening and hello. Late last, night Indiana became the first state since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade to approve a new law banning nearly all abortion procedures. As protesters gathered outside the state Senate chambers, Republican Governor Eric Holcomb signed the bill within an hour of its passage. All current Indiana abortion clinics will lose their licenses. But the law narrowly permits some abortions at hospitals and outpatient centers in cases of rape and incest within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Today, the Biden administration and Eli Lilly, one of Indiana’s largest employers condemned the law which goes into effect next month.
The stakes are high for the US Senate tonight on the verge of passing a sweeping reform bill. The Senate Democrats have forced an unusual weekend session to push through their half trillion dollar health care climate and tax reform bill. Supporters of the bill got some good news overnight. Use our has learned the Senate parliamentarian has given a green light to the climate and tax provisions and many of the health and drug price elements of the bill. But a proposal to cap the out of pocket costs for insulin is still in doubt and may not make it through to the final version. Votes are expected overnight.
President Biden has tested negative today after testing positive from a rebound case of COVID one week ago. The President’s position says Mr. Biden will remain under isolation until he receives a second negative test.
For the first time in years, there is no direct communication between the United States and China. Beijing’s silence is seen as retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week. China also escalated the intensity of its actions near the island, ratcheting up