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The U.S. Senate voted 63-36 Thursday to suspend the nation’s debt ceiling and impose new spending caps to avoid a looming national default.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., complained strongly that military spending was not enough to keep pace with inflation — particularly as lawmakers eye supplemental spending that will be needed this summer to support Ukraine against the war waged by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The U.S. House passed the measure earlier this week. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill today and address the nation tonight.

CP Opinion: Haley, Scott in race for vice president, not POTUS

“What’s really happening now is positioning. Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, who announced her 2024 campaign in Charleston in February, and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who announced his campaign last month in North Charleston, are actually working now to be asked by the eventual GOP nominee to be a running mate.”

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CP: Official guide for Piccolo Spoleto (June 2-10). Here’s our second special guide of events for Piccolo Spoleto from June 2 to June 10. Find out everything that’s going on for the next several days with the grand arts festival.

CP: Little-known Civil War hero once enslaved on South Santee. Robert Blake was freed from a Charleston County plantation on the South Santee River during the Civil War by the Union Navy, which he eventually joined and earned a Congressional Medal of Honor.

CP: MUSC Center for Global Health expects summer Covid-19 wave. Local public health officials say Charlestonians should be mindful as summer begins that transmission is expected to rise.

CP: Charleston Co. sheriff hopefuls look to mental health, drug epidemic. The election for Charleston County sheriff is still more than a year away, but some hopefuls have already started their campaign, which include highlighting mental health and the ongoing drug epidemic.

CP: Next Charleston police chief likely to be deputy chief. No official announcement has been made on who will fill the role of the late Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds, but precedent for the city of Charleston suggests it will likely be a deputy chief.

CP: Park Circle Pride Festival returns for 3rd year. More than 20 businesses in North Charleston’s Park Circle neighborhood will participate in the Park Circle Pride Festival to host more than 40 events from June 6 through June 11.

CP: Father-son pair join Swim Across America’s Charleston-Kiawah Open Water Swim. Mount Pleasant entrepreneur Brad Johnson and his 13-year-old son are participating in the Swim Across America (SAA) Charleston-Kiawah Open Water Swim, a charity event to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, prevention and treatment through community events such as open water swimming.

Tropical depression forms in Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded a low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico to a tropical depression.

Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh celebrates 30 years at Live 5 News. Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh marked three decades at Live 5 News on Thursday. The four-time Emmy winner and five-time Telly Award winner has also been named best weathercaster by the Associated Press and Best Local TV Weather Forecaster in Charleston City Paper‘s Best Of awards.

Charleston seeking public input on Piggly Wiggly redevelopment. The City of Charleston is seeking public input as they prepare to present different options for redeveloping the old Piggly Wiggly near the Northbridge in West Ashley. A special meeting will be held next Thursday at the Pearl Theater on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.

Charleston Co. superintendent sends cease-and-desist letter to board member. The Charleston County School District Superintendent has sent a cease-and-desist letter to board member Keith Grybowski alleging “defamatory, slanderous and libelous” social media posts.

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