South Carolina headlines primaries in four states
Voters in four primary states on Tuesday will weigh in on issues that will animate general elections across the country this fall, from abortion to former President Donald Trump’s political power to battle for control of Congress. Most political eyes are on South Carolina, where incumbents Rep. Tom Rice, RS.C. and Rep. Nancy Mace, RS.C. face challengers backed by the ex-president. Rice was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the insurrection, while Mace opposed impeachment but has criticized Trump for his conduct. Voters in Nevada, meanwhile, will decide the nominees in a fall Senate race that could turn on the abortion issue – and decide control of the U.S. Senate. A Republican senator in North Dakota faces a major challenge, while voters in Maine set up an interesting governor’s race in the fall. Texas congressional election in the southern part of the Lone Star State.
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Extreme weather expected to wreak more havoc across the US
More than 100 million Americans were under a heatwave or advisory Monday as a potentially record-breaking heat wave hit central and eastern USA. The National Weather Service warned. If Chicago hits the century mark, it would be the first time in 10 years the city has seen a high temperature that extreme, AccuWeather said. In South Carolina, poll workers are preparing for what could be one of the hottest primary election days ever Tuesday, with highs forecast to reach 100 degrees and humidity making it feel closer to 110. Meanwhile, Yellowstone National Park evacuating some visitors Monday after heavy rains led to flooding and rockslides that washed out roads and at least one bridge. The entrances will stay closed Tuesday and Wednesday “at a minimum,” according to a news release.
FDA advisers to review COVID-19 vaccines for young children
The Moderna vaccine for children ages 6 months to 17 years and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids ages 6 months to 4 years . The staff review suggests that authorization of both vaccines. If the FDA commissioner signs off on the shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will follow the same process, and Friday and Saturday. The CDC director would have to end the vaccines before the companies would be allowed to provide them. The Biden administration said that if the vaccines are authorized this week, they would become available as soon as June 21 at pharmacies, pediatricians’ offices, health centers and other outlets.
Quarters paying tribute to first woman to lead Cherokee Nation become available
The honoring quarterback Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected principal of the Cherokee Nation and the first woman to lead a major Native American nation in the U.S., will be available for purchase Tuesday. Mankiller rose to prominence in 1983 when he became deputy chief of the tribe, less than five years after being severely injured in a near-fatal car accident. Two years later, she was sworn in as chief of staff, serving in that role from 1985 to 1995. During her three-term run, Mankiller tripled the tribe’s enrollment, doubled employment and was integral in launching housing, health centers and children’s programs in Oklahoma , according to The Wilma Mankiller Foundation. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor for a US civilian, from President Bill Clinton in 1998. The coins, sold in packs, will be available for purchase on the US Mint website at 12 pm ET.
A strawberry supermoon will illuminate the skies Tuesday
June’s strawberry moon will appear opposite the sun and its peak illumination at 7:52 am ET Tuesday, and it will remain full through Wednesday morning, NASA reported. But the unique moon won’t be visible to stargazers in North America until later Tuesday night when it drifts above the horizon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Supermoons happen when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth, giving off the appearance of a larger and brighter full moon, the Old Farmer’s Almanac said. The strawberry moon has traditionally been nicknamed the strawberry moon because the Native American Algonquin tribes inhabited the northeastern US used the strawberry moon to mark the time for gathering ripened June-bearing strawberries, the Almanac said. Tuesday also will feature 2022’s earliest sunrise at 5:42 am EDT, according to NASA.
Contributing: The Associated Press