Biden expected to return federal gas tax holiday as he ramps up criticism of the oil industry amid soaring prices

CNN – President Joe Biden on Tuesday ratcheted up his public back-and-forth with the US oil and gas industry as he looks to spread around the blame for the nation’s soaring gas prices. After remarks on the authorization of Covid-19 vaccines for children under 5 years old, Biden was asked about a letter from the … Read more

Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hernandez, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical change. … Read more

Biden: ‘I’m not being a wise guy’ by not taking blame for inflation

President Joe Biden said the blame for the 41-year high inflation rate could not be placed squarely on him during a sit-down Thursday with The Associated Press. ‘Isn’t it kind of interesting? If it’s my fault, why is it the case in every other major industrial country in the world that inflation is higher? You … Read more

Biden to visit Saudi Arabia after a stop in Israel, determining it’s time to engage kingdom he once called a ‘pariah’

CNN – President Joe Biden will visit Saudi Arabia next month, the White House announced Tuesday, a foreign policy trade-off that completes the reversal of his campaign pledge to make the kingdom a “pariah.” The trip, set for mid-July, will also include Biden’s first stop in Israel as President as well as a visit to … Read more

GOP wants Janet Yellen gone after inflation failure admission

Conservative lawmakers and commentators have called for Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to be fired or resign after she admitted in an interview Tuesday evening that she was “wrong… about the path that inflation would take” – as annual price increases reach levels not seen in 40 years . During a sitdown with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, … Read more

Biden administration scrambles to avoid embarrassing boycott from Latin American summit set for next month

CNN – The participation of Latin American countries in a high-profile regional summit is still in flux, just weeks from when it’s scheduled to take place in California amid record migration throughout the Western Hemisphere. The so-called Summit of the Americas is set to be hosted by the United States in early June, marking the … Read more

Biden’s North Korea strategy is a long way from Trump’s showy diplomacy

Seoul CNN – President Joe Biden did not sound Saturday like he was expecting any “love letters” from Kim Jong Un – he can’t even get a response to an offer of coronavirus vaccines as the hermit kingdom is hit by its first major Covid-19 outbreak. And during a news conference here Saturday, he did … Read more

The Middle East will not rescue Europe if it turns off Russian oil

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN – As Europe tries to stymie Moscow’s war effort in Ukraine by weaning itself off Russia’s oil, Middle Eastern nations appear to be … Read more

Solar energy projects are grinding to a halt in the US amid investigation into parts from China

CNN – The solar energy industry has been thrown into a panic and projects are grinding to a halt after the Biden administration launched an investigation that some solar CEOs worry could tank the industry. The Commerce Department launched the probe in March into whether four countries in Southeast Asia that supply about 80% of … Read more

An entire female parody erupted at a wild White House ‘POTUS’ on Broadway

The irony is that the doors must be constantly slapped, and the general noise and rage must be at the marked level: “This pan is going to boil.” Of Selena Fillinger POTUS, (Until Shubert Theater, Aug. 14) In the back rooms of the White House about seven women try to save the invisible male president … Read more