Jeff Bezos Responds After Biden Demands Gas Stations Lower Prices


Amazon founder and multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos criticized the Biden administration’s messaging around gas prices and rising inflation.

On Saturday, President Joe Biden suggested on Twitter that gas stations across the United States charge customers less for gasoline to offset historically high gas prices.

“Ouch,” Bezos wrote in response. “Inflation is far too important a problem for the White House to keep making statements like this. It’s either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics.”

Earlier, Biden’s Twitter account wrote that he has a “message” to gas stations: “This is a time of war and global peril. Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you’re paying for the product. And do it now.”

From the Twitter post, it’s not clear how gas stations might accomplish Biden’s Twitter demand, which was praised by a Chinese Communist Party media account. Others, however, criticized the president’s post.

“You know as well as everyone that the Federal Reserve actually sets the prices—through rampant inflation,” wrote the Libertarian Party’s account. “When 40 percent of the dollars in the world was printed in one year, inflation sets in and prices skyrocket. Just yesterday you were blaming [Russia]. We see through your scam.”

Added California gubernatorial candidate Michael Shellenberger, “At a time of war, Biden could have leveled with the American people and united the country through an ‘all-of-the-above’ clean energy strategy that included oil & gas. Instead, he has repeatedly lied about the causes of the energy crisis and divided the country.”

Data released by auto club AAA on Sunday shows that the national average price for a gallon of regular gas currently stands at $4.81, down about 10 cents from a week ago. In mid-June, the average price hit $5 per gallon for the first time.

Biden and fellow Democrats have shifted from blaming Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, for the spike in gas prices to blaming oil companies and gas stations in recent days. The president sent a letter to the top oil companies in the United States, demanding that they bring down prices while accusing them of price-gouging.

ExxonMobil, one of the firms, fired back by suggesting that federal policies have contributed to rising prices.

“In the short term, the U.S. government could enact measures often used in emergencies following hurricanes or other supply disruptions—such as waivers of Jones Act provisions and some fuel specifications to increase supplies,” the oil giant wrote in a news release.

The federal government, it added, “can promote investment through clear and consistent policy that supports U.S. resource development, such as regular and predictable lease sales, as well as streamlined regulatory approval and support for infrastructure such as pipelines.”

Republicans and some analysts have said the higher prices are caused by Biden having issued a series of executive orders last year suspending new drilling leases on federal lands, fossil fuel subsidies, and killing off the Keystone pipeline.

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Emerson Poll: Approval of Supreme Court, Congress Even Lower Than Biden

Job-approval ratings for Congress and the Supreme Court are even worse than that for President Joe Biden, Emerson College Polling results said Friday.

Only 19% of voters approve of the job being done in Congress, with a whopping 70% disapproving, Emerson College Polling (ECP) found.

That was slightly better than the Supreme Court, which earned a job-approval rating of 36% and a disapproval-rating of 54%.

“Independent voters align more with Democrats on Supreme Court approval: 71% of Democrats and 58% of Independents disapprove of the job that the Supreme Court is doing whereas a majority, 56%, of Republicans approve of the job they are doing,” ECP Executive Director Spencer Kimball said.

Biden, meanwhile, has just a 40% job approval — up two points from last month — and a 53% job disapproval.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, 59% of voters think Congress should pass a law legalizing the right to abortion nationwide, Emerson found.

The support for the legislation was higher among women, with 62% — compared to 55% of men — saying Congress should pass a law legalizing the right to abortion.

“While a majority, 65%, of Republicans oppose Congress passing a law to legalize the right to abortion, the policy has majority support among Democrats and Independent voters, 81% of Democratic voters and 58% of Independent voters support federal legislative action to legalize abortion,” Kimball said.

Congressional legalization of the right to abortion has the highest support among voters aged 18-29 — 76% support a federal legalization of abortion.

That compared to 59% of voters aged 30-49, 50% of voters aged 50-64, and 56% of voters over 65.

The Emerson poll found that 46% of voters plan to vote for the Republican congressional candidate in the 2022 midterm elections while 43% plan to support the Democrat congressional candidate.

The Emerson survey also found that a majority (57%) said they or someone they knew have had an abortion.

The Emerson College Polling national poll of voters was conducted June 28-29 among 1,271 registered voters. The data sets were weighted by gender, region, age, education, and race/ethnicity based on 2022 turnout modeling.


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Hillary: Would Endorse Biden If He Runs in ’24

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, says she would endorse President Joe Biden if he runs for re-election in 2024.

“I would endorse our sitting president, yes, of course,” Clinton said Wednesday following an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Conference, The Hill reported.

“I mean, this is a silly question,” Clinton told NBC News’ Yamiche Alcindor in a clip that aired on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Thursday.

“Let’s go with the person most likely to win,” she said. “Joe Biden beat in a huge landslide victory in the popular vote Donald Trump. I think that says a lot.”

Biden and his White House aides have said he intends to run for reelection, though he has not made an official announcement. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday clarified comments she had made earlier when leaving Washington for California when she told reporters, “The president intends to run and if he does, I will be his ticket mate. We will run together.’

In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Wednesday, Harris said, “Joe Biden is running for reelection and I will be his ticket mate.”

When Bash asked, “Full stop?” Harris replied, “Full stop. That’s it.”

Clinton lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008, then lost the general election to Republican Donald Trump in 2016 despite winning the popular vote. Trump bested her in the electoral college.

Harris, too, has been seen as a possible Democratic contender, especially if Biden doesn’t run. She would be only 60 on Inauguration Day, 2025. Clinton would be 77, while Biden, who already is the oldest president to ever serve, would be 82.

Trump, who previously held the record of oldest president, would be 78. He, too, has strongly hinted he seeks to make another run for the office.


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Rep. Comer: Bidens’ Business Dealings Probed If GOP Wins Midterms

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., says the recently released 2018 voicemail between Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden is “further proof” the president knew about his son’s foreign business dealings — despite publicly claiming otherwise through the years.

If Republicans overtake the House in the November midterm elections, Comer promises the American people will get “answers about the Biden family’s pattern of placing profit over country.”

For that 2018 voicemail, which was provided to The Daily Mail, Joe referenced a New York Times story about Hunter’s foreign dealings — presumably involving the Chinese oil giant CEFC — and then said Hunter “was good.”

Assuming the recording is genuine, it would run in contrast to previous statements from then-candidate Joe, who in the wake of the FBI seizing Hunter’s infamous laptop three years ago, has repeatedly stated he never talks business with his son.

But Comer, who’s primed to lead the House Republicans’ investigations in January — if they’re the majority party — would like to challenge the Bidens’ previous statements, under oath.

“Evidence continues to mount that Joe Biden is the ‘Big Guy’ and received a cut from his family’s suspicious foreign business deals,” Comer told The Daily Mail on Wednesday, in a statement.

“We’ve uncovered evidence revealing the co-mingling of Hunter and Joe Biden’s finances and the voicemail unearthed recently is just further proof Joe Biden knew about his son’s wheeling and dealing with foreign adversaries.” 

Comer continued: “We will continue to investigate the Biden family’s shady business deals as more facts emerge. If Americans entrust Republicans with the majority, we will use the power of the gavel to get answers about the Biden family’s pattern of placing profit over country to determine if President Biden is compromised by these deals.”

Various media outlets have covered the hard-drive contents of Hunter Biden’s seized laptop.

  • The Daily Mail previously disclosed that Hunter Biden used his family connections to land a million-dollar deal with a Chinese energy company.
  • A New York Times story from 2018 revealed that CEFC’s chairman (Ye Jianming) had been arrested in China, and his top lieutenant (Patrick Ho) had been convicted in the U.S. for bribing African officials to help Iran skirt oil sanctions. During that time, it was also revealed that Ye met with Hunter at a Miami hotel in 2017 to discuss “a partnership to invest in American infrastructure and energy deals.”

That second story, which connected Hunter to his Chinese business partners, apparently prompted Joe to leave the following message on Hunter’s phone in 2018, via voicemail.

“Hey, pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you.

“I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And, anyway, if you get a chance give me a call. I love you.”


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Poll: Biden’s Approval Rating Plunges Internationally

President Joe Biden’s approval rating has plunged internationally since his first year in office while global views of the United States continue to improve, a recent survey reported.

According to a Pew Research poll, in more than a dozen countries, Biden’s approval ratings for his second year in office saw steep declines compared with those in his first. In 2022, Biden’s approval rating compared with 2021 dropped in Italy by 30 points, Greece by 26 points, Spain by 25 points, Singapore by 22 points, France by 21 points, and in the Netherlands by 19. Only in South Korea, where data from the previous year is available, did Biden see a boost in confidence.

Despite the slip in global confidence in Biden, Pew’s polling showed favorable views of the U.S. are on the rise. The median favorability of the U.S. “across the 17 countries surveyed,” was 61%, compared with a 35% unfavorable view. Poland viewed the U.S. most favorably at 91%, behind that, South Korea at 89% and Israel at 83%.

According to Newsweek, the poll drew on surveys from 19,903 adults in 18 countries from Feb.14 to May 11.


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Conservative Ad Rips Biden Over Rising Prices

A new ad from a conservative group accuses President Joe Biden of hampering Americans’ summer experience by causing rising gas prices and inflation.

The ad, part of the State Government Leadership Foundation’s campaign titled “Tale of Two Americas,” will air in several important battleground states ahead of the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, including Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. The ad claims that Biden’s economic policies have caused high gas prices and widespread inflation, which has caused problems for Americans looking to enjoy their summer.

“Thanks to the failed policies of President Biden and his liberal allies in the states, Americans hoping to get back to normal after two straight summers of COVID-19 restrictions have no less worry and uncertainty in their lives right now than they did during the pandemic,” Republican State Leadership Committee President Dee Duncan, told the Daily Caller on Monday. “Reckless spending and anti-American energy policies from Washington are the reason gas prices are skyrocketing, inflation is soaring, and working families don’t have the financial means to experience the summers they were hoping for.”

Biden recently called on Congress to suspend the federal gas tax for the next three months in order to lower prices for American consumers.

“Every time you go to the gas station to fill your tank, the federal government charges an 18-cent tax per gallon of gas that you purchase and a 24-cent tax per gallon of diesel you purchase,” Biden said last week. “It’s a tax that’s been around for 90 years.”

He added, “By suspending the 18-cent gas tax — federal gas tax for the next 90 days, we can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief.”


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White House: Biden Still Opposed to Expanding Supreme Court

President Joe Biden does not support increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court despite last week’s decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked whether Biden had turned his focus to reforming the court in the aftermath of Friday’s ruling that sent the abortion issue back to the states to regulate.

“I know I’ve — I’ve been asked — I was asked this question yesterday [Friday], and I’ve been asked it before — and I think the President himself — about doing — about expanding the Court,” Jean-Pierre told reporters during a press gaggle Saturday on Air Force One.

“That is something that the President does not agree with. That is not something that he wants to do.”

Some Democrats reacted to the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization by renewing calls to add more justices to the bench.

“This court has lost legitimacy,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “They have burned whatever legitimacy they may still have had after their gun decision, after their voting decision, after their union decision. They just took the last of it and set a torch to it with the Roe v. Wade opinion.

“I believe we need to get some confidence back in our court, and that means we need more justices on the United States Supreme Court.”

Biden in April 2021 named a panel to study Supreme Court reforms, such as adding justices or instituting term limits, fulfilling a campaign vow as progressives push to add more liberals to the conservative-leaning court.

Congressional Democrats also introduced legislation to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices.

In December, Biden’s commission did not endorse expanding the court, but said there were “profound” differences of opinion over the direction the court should take in the future.

One reporter, noting that Democratic National Committee chairman called Friday’s court ruling “illegitimate,” asked Jean-Pierre during the press gaggle whether the president agreed with the DNC chair’s assessment.

“I can’t speak for the DNC. I can only speak for the President. And the President — you know, when the President commented about the decision, about the Court’s ruling, it was about the decision,” Jean-Pierre said. “He sees the Court, obviously, as legitimate. And he respects the Court.”

Biden on Friday said the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion was a “sad day” that will deny women in America control of their own destiny.

The Supreme Court currently is comprised of six conservatives — Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — and liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor.

Female leaders in the Democratic Party, including Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., took public shots at the Supreme Court after its decision was announced.

“Women are going to control their bodies, no matter how they try and stop us. The hell with the Supreme Court, we will defy them,” Waters shouted to protesters outside the court building.


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White House Clarifies Biden’s Stance on Adding Justices to Supreme Court


President Joe Biden doesn’t support Democrats’ bid to expand the Supreme Court, the White House confirmed over the weekend.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed Biden’s position while speaking to reporters on Air Force One, coming as Democrats repeated their calls to expand, or pack, the Supreme Court with more justices after the court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday.

“I’ve been asked it before—and I think the president himself … about expanding the court,” Jean-Pierre told reporters Saturday. “That is something that the president does not agree with. That is not something that he wants to do.”

Several Democrat senators, including Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), said the high court should be expanded. Critics of the move have said that it would allow Democrats to place additional judges on the bench to sway future rulings in their favor.

“This court has lost legitimacy. They have burned whatever legitimacy they may still have had after their gun decision, after their voting decision, after their union decision,” Warren told ABC News on Sunday, without elaborating on why it lost legitimacy.

“They just took the last of it and set a torch to it,” she added. “I believe we need to get some confidence back in our court and that means we need more justices on the United States Supreme Court.”

Markey on Friday claimed the Supreme Court’s majority “appears set to destroy the right to abortion” and that “we must expand the court.”

Starting in 2020, more and more Democrats have vowed to pack the Supreme Court with ostensibly left-leaning judges under the Biden administration. In April 2021, however, Justice Stephen Breyer, who was appointed by a Democrat president, argued against the move and said it would politicize the court.

“Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that perception, further eroding that trust,” said Breyer, a Clinton nominee who announced his retirement from the court earlier this year, at the time. “There can be no shortcuts to it.”

Following the Supreme Court decision last week, Biden issued a public statement saying that he believes Congress should pass laws to allow abortions. Failing that, he said that people should vote for candidates who support such measures during the 2022 midterms.

“Let me be very clear and unambiguous: the only way we can secure a woman’s right to choose—the balance that existed—is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law,” Biden said during his speech. “No executive action from the president can do that.”

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Biden Signs $13B Gun Control Law, Vows ‘Much More Work to Do’

President Joe Biden on Saturday signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school.

“Lives will be saved,” he said at the White House. Citing the families of shooting victims, the president said, “Their message to us was to do something. Well today, we did.”

The House gave final approval Friday, following Senate passage Thursday, and Biden acted just before leaving Washington for two summits in Europe.

The legislation will toughen background checks for the youngest gun buyers, keep firearms from more domestic violence offenders and help states put in place red flag laws that make it easier for authorities to take weapons from people adjudged to be dangerous.

Most of its $13 billion cost will help bolster mental health programs and aid schools, which have been targeted in Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Florida, and elsewhere in mass shootings.

Biden said the compromise hammered out by a bipartisan group of senators “doesn’t do everything I want” but “it does include actions I’ve long called for that are going to save lives.”

“I know there’s much more work to do, and I’m never going to give up, but this is a monumental day,” said the president, who was joined by his wife, Jill, a teacher, for the signing.

He said they will host an event on July 11 for lawmakers and families affected by gun violence.

Biden signed the measure two days after the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday striking down a New York law that restricted peoples’ ability to carry concealed weapons.

While the new law does not include tougher restrictions long championed by Democrats, such as a ban on assault-style weapons and background checks for all gun transactions, it is the most impactful firearms violence measure produced by Congress since enactment a long-expired assault weapons ban in 1993.

Enough congressional Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the steps after recent rampages in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. It took weeks of closed-door talks but senators emerged with a compromise.

Biden signed the bill just before he departed Washington for a summit of the Group of Seven leading economic powers — the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan — in Germany. He will travel later to Spain for a NATO meeting.


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Biden Says Abortion Ruling a ‘Sad Day’ for Supreme Court, America

President Joe Biden said the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Friday to overturn the constitutional right to abortion was a “sad day” that will deny women in America control of their own destiny.

“It’s a sad day for the court and the country,” Biden said in a White House speech.

By overturning the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that protected abortion rights, he said, “let’s be very clear, the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk.”

Roe v. Wade, he said, “reaffirmed basic principles of equality, that women have the power to control their own destiny.”

Biden said there were few things he could do by executive order, and called on Congress to restore abortion rights with a federal law, and voters to elect lawmakers and state leaders who would protect those rights.

Senior female White House officials including domestic policy chief Susan Rice, gender policy council head Jen Klein, and communications adviser Kate Bedingfield stood by while Biden spoke.

The court on Friday took the dramatic step of overturning the ruling that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and legalized it nationwide, handing a momentous victory to Republicans and religious conservatives who want to limit or ban the procedure.

The court ruling was issued just after 10 a.m. ET and left many White House aides scrambling to react because they had expected it to drop next week. Biden’s speech was announced about an hour later.

“We were preparing for this to land next week,” a White House source said. Another source told Reuters “no one knew when this would land but the preparations for the ruling to drop have been under way.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department will work “tirelessly” to protect and advance reproductive freedom.

“Today’s decision does not eliminate the ability of states to keep abortion legal within their borders. And the Constitution continues to restrict states’ authority to ban reproductive services provided outside their borders.”

Biden, a Democrat and a lifelong Catholic, was opposed to Roe in the early days of his career and only later embraced abortion rights. He made forceful comments after a leaked draft opinion was revealed in May, but up to that point he had never said the word “abortion” aloud as president.

In May, many women’s rights advocates expressed deep frustration with the White House and Democrats in general after the draft ruling was leaked, criticizing a lack of urgency and preparation.

Over the past several weeks, the White House had been preparing its response and actions it can take in meetings with several stakeholders, including abortion rights activists, privacy and constitutional experts.


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