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July 4, 2022

The 1 Thing Democrats and Republicans Agree On

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1776: U.S. Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Great Britain.

Americans across the political spectrum agree on at least one thing: the country is headed in the wrong direction.

According to a new Associated Press/NORC poll, 85% of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The pollster noted that while Republicans have been displeased with the country’s direction since Biden took office, Democrats had been positive about where things were headed. But now, even 78% of Democrats say the U.S. is headed down the wrong path.

Overall, 60% of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job, including 73% of independent voters and 27% of Democrats.

Dorothy Vaudo, 66, says she voted for Biden in 2020 but won’t be doing that again.

“I’m a Democrat, so I had to vote Democrat, but that’s going to change,” the North Carolina resident told the Associated Press.

The outlet noted that the U.S. economy is a driving factor behind increasing pessimism in Democrats. A majority of adults — 79% — consider the economy to be in poor condition.

“A year ago, 37% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans described the national economy as poor,” the AP/NORC said. “In the latest survey, 67% of Democrats say [the] national economy is poor, and 90% of Republicans say the same.”

July 3, 2022

Biden Abruptly Leaves Press Conference: ‘I’m Out of Here’ [Video]

President Joe Biden abruptly ended a press conference, refusing to answer questions from reporters, and declaring, “I’m out of here.”

Fox News noted that Biden answered a few questions from a pre-selected list of reporters before wrapping things up.

“All right, guys,” Biden said, prompting one reporter to ask him to answer a quick question.

“There’s no such thing as a quick one. I’m out of here,” Biden said, turning his back and walking away from the podium.

Before ending the conference, Biden referenced a list of reporters he was instructed to take questions from.

“I’ll be happy to take your questions, and the first question, I’m told, is Darlene Superville from The Associated Press,” Biden said at the top of the question-and-answer portion of the conference.

July 1, 2022

New SCOTUS Judge Sworn In

On Thursday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson officially became the first black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jackson was sworn in roughly two hours after Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement went into effect.

The 51-year-old swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic … bear true faith and allegiance to the same … take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion … and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office.”

Jackson also swore that she “will administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that [she] will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon” her.

“All the members of the court, I’m pleased to welcome Justice Jackson,” Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said.

Jackson is the 116th person to become a Supreme Court justice.

June 27, 2022

Biden Administration Proposes New Protections for Trans Students

The Biden administration proposed new changes to Title IX that would protect transgender students from discrimination by schools, colleges, and universities.

“I am committed to protecting this progress and working to achieve full equality, inclusion, and dignity for women and girls, LGBTQI+ Americans, all students, and all Americans,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said the Department of Education’s “proposed changes will allow us to continue that progress and ensure all our nation’s students – no matter where they live, who they are, or whom they love – can learn, grow, and thrive in school.”

“We welcome public comment on these critical regulations so we can further the Biden-Harris Administration’s mission of creating educational environments free from sex discrimination and sexual violence,” Cardona added.

The Department of Education said that the changes would require educational institutions to “respond promptly to all complaints of sex discrimination with a fair and reliable process that includes trained, unbiased decision-makers to evaluate the evidence.”

June 26, 2022

US Sends Another $450M to Ukraine as Americans Struggle

The Biden administration will send Ukraine another $450 million in military aid as Americans continue to struggle with skyrocketing gas prices and inflation.

The Pentagon announced that the new massive aid package includes four long-range rocket launchers and 36,000 artillery rounds.

The new aid package comes about one week after the Biden administration announced $1 billion in aid to Ukraine.

The latest inventory transfer will include 18 tactical vehicles, 1,200 grenade launchers, 2,000 machine guns, and 18 patrol boats.

According to the Department of Defense, the U.S. has committed $6.1 billion in military assistance to Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24.

June 24, 2022

4 Major Flaws with Biden’s Gas Tax Plan

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass legislation that would temporarily halt the federal tax on gas and diesel fuel for three months.

Greg Valliere, a chief strategist at AGF Investments, listed four problems with Biden’s proposed plan, saying it’s “a bad idea.”

1. Puny savings. 

Right now, the federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon. Under a gas tax holiday, consumers would save $2.76 filling up a 15-gallon tank.

2. Potential to increase gas demand. 

Even if the puny gas tax holiday savings were to entice consumers, then they might load up on gas, increasing demand and driving up prices.

3. Less money for the federal highway fund. 

Revenue from the federal gas tax goes to finance the construction, maintenance, and repair of highways and other types of infrastructure. For each month a gas tax holiday is in effect, the infrastructure fund would lose more than $2 billion.

4. It probably won’t pass the Senate. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has previously said she is not in favor of a gas tax holiday. Neither is Sen. Joe Manchin (D-VA). Even Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), a close ally of Biden’s, said a gas tax holiday is “shortsighted and inefficient.”

June 24, 2022

Biden’s Approval Rating Falls 4 Weeks in a Row

A new poll shows President Joe Biden‘s approval rating fell for the fourth consecutive week.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll, completed on Wednesday, found that just 36% of Americans said they approve of Biden’s job as president.

Additionally, only 18% of respondents said they believe the country is headed in the right direction under the Biden administration.

While 73% of Democrats said they approve of Biden’s job as president, that figure is down 12 percentage points from August.

Unsurprisingly, Biden is far less popular with Republicans, with just 7% of respondents saying they currently approve of his job as president.

The poll was conducted using responses from 1,002 participants. Its margin of error is 4 percentage points.

June 22, 2022

White House Considering Gas Tax Holiday

President Joe Biden told reporters he is seriously considering a federal gas tax holiday ahead of the July 4 weekend.

On Monday, Biden said he could make a decision on whether to temporarily halt the federal gas tax by the end of the week.

“I hope I have a decision based on data,” Biden said.

However, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told CNN on Sunday that if Biden implements a federal gas tax holiday, it could prevent some federal funds from going to roadway projects — as directed by the infrastructure legislation Biden signed last year.

“If we remove the gas tax, that takes away the funding that was just passed by Congress to be able to do that,” Granholm said.

“So you know, that’s one of the challenges, but I’m not saying that that’s off the table.”

June 15, 2022

White House Confirms Biden’s Rumored Trip to Saudi Arabia

A senior White House official has confirmed that President Joe Biden’s upcoming trip to the Middle East will include a visit to Saudi Arabia to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The visit, rumored for weeks, comes as a surprise after Biden called Saudi Arabia a “pariah” during his 2020 campaign and U.S. intelligence concluded that MBS ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi — which Saudi officials deny.

Saudi Arabia also confirmed that Biden would meet MBS and his father, King Salman, on July 15 “to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation as well as joint efforts to address regional and global challenges.”

Biden’s trip takes place from July 13-16. He is also expected to meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and attend a virtual summit with the leaders of India, Israel, the U.S., and UAE.

June 14, 2022

Report: White House Repeatedly Hosted Anti-Police Activists

President Joe Biden’s White House has repeatedly hosted advocates behind the “defund the police” movement, visitor logs show.

One such advocate was Rashad Robinson, who serves as president of the left-wing racial justice group Color of Change. Robinson visited the White House last summer to meet with then-top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond, who recently left the administration to join the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Color of Change was “at the forefront of the unsuccessful push to ‘dismantle’ and replace the Minneapolis Police Department, an effort that was fueled by $500,000 from George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center, Fox News reported.

Another such activist was Carmen Rojas — the President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation — who reportedly visited the White House in December 2021 for a meeting with Nia Page, a Special Assistant to Richmond.

“We must be unwavering in our commitment to freedom,” Rojas tweeted in April 2021. “The best way to realize it is to defund the police and support abolition. Period.”

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