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(RepublicanWire.org) – Joe Biden has been bragging about how tough he is on Russia after Putin began a war of aggression in Ukraine. Indeed, the sanctions that Biden and most European countries have imposed on Russia in the wake of the invasion are among the most severe in history, including excluding Russia from the SWIFT network of financial transactions.

So why was Biden jawboning Democratic senators, strongarming them to vote against one of the most devastating sanctions of all: banning the import of Russian oil into the U.S.?

While the United States doesn’t import a lot of oil from Russia, the U.S. ban would set an example for other nations to halt the import of Russian oil. And even if no countries followed our example, the ban would be the ultimate rejection of Russia and its war aims by the U.S. Congress.

There is legislation being sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that’s gaining co-sponsors and momentum. And with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on board for the ban, such a measure could probably pass easily.

But Biden wants the oil ban “in his hip pocket” to use in a more dire situation.

Axios:

Why it matters: The quiet lobbying campaign reveals a White House intent on preserving President Biden’s authority to decide what costs to impose on Russia for invading Ukraine — and on what timetable.

It also indicates his advisers’ frustration with congressional efforts to box him in.

The White House on Friday signaled it is open to reducing the import of Russian oil — without saying exactly how.

The big picture: A ban could translate to higher prices at the pump in parts of the U.S. and increase inflation, a key concern for Biden.

It also could force other countries to follow suit — sending oil prices soaring around the globe. Russia, the world’s third-largest oil producer, sends most of its petroleum products to Europe and Asia.

In fact, Biden is giving priority to “global energy supplies” rather than damaging Russia by using Russia’s dependence on oil exports to keep its economy afloat.

Driving the news: Cecilia Rouse, chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, told reporters on Friday: “We are looking at options that we can take right now, if we were to cut the U.S. consumption of Russian energy, but what’s really most important is that we maintain a steady supply of global energy.”

That appears to be a shift from the White House’s initial dismissal of the congressional effort to effectively impose an embargo on Russian oil for U.S. refiners.

Gas prices are going to rise anyway because of the war. And after running for president promising his policies would cut domestic supply and raise prices, Biden has no standing to carp about rising gas prices.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Former Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) unloaded on an ABC News panel Sunday morning, firing back after fellow panelist Donna Brazile claimed that President Joe Biden deserved credit for uniting the world against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The discussion on ABC’s “This Week” began with anchor George Stephanopoulos and Jonathan Karl discussing continued calls from Ukraine for a NATO-assisted no-fly zone — and the fact that many Republicans, like Senator Marco Rubio (FL), who were often critical of Biden appeared to be on the same page in saying that would escalate into a war with Russia.

Stephanopoulos then noted that the United States did appear to be preparing to send planes to European nations in order to “backfill” supplies as those nations gave planes to Ukraine.

“It should have happened a long time ago. I would disagree with Donna on this one,” Christie said. “A president did unite the world. It was Zelensky, not Biden. He was very clear about what leadership was supposed to look like. We should have been arming the Ukrainians for the last year. We weren’t. We should have been doing much more on domestic production of oil. Instead we’re going backwards and gave Putin the card to hold us hostage and with Nord Stream 2 we gave him the card to hold Europe hostage.”

“I believe if we aggressively armed Ukraine from the time Joe Biden got in office, if he continued the Trump policy and continued to arm Ukraine –” Christie continued.

Katl interrupted, arguing that former President Donald Trump had held back arms from Zelensky.

“Jon, the Ukrainians were armed,” Christie pushed back, saying that Biden had ultimately ended the arming of Ukraine. “We import half a billion barrels a day from Russia. We could stop paying blood money if we increased domestic production.”

Brazile pivoted back to Christie’s point, claiming that Trump had “tried to play a game” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“He tried to play a game and was impeached for it,” Brazile said, insisting that Biden was the one who deserved credit for a Europe unified again Russian aggression. “I think the president has rallied the country, rallied NATO. Gotten the Germans – look at the countries coming to help the Ukrainians.”

“You think that’s because of Joe Biden?” Christie asked.

“Yes, I believe Joe Biden has shown leadership,” she said.

“No. Donna –” Christie pushed back.

“It’s because of his leadership,” Brazile interrupted.

“It’s because when the tanks rolled into Ukraine they were closer to Germany than before,” Christie argued. “You can’t give Joe Biden credit for that.”

Christie went on to argue that banning Russian oil was the obvious next step, and Stephanopoulos challenged him on that: “You’re for this right now if the president does it. It feels like he’s going to move in that direction. Will Republicans forego criticizing him for increased gas prices?”

Christie pushed back, however, saying that banning Russian oil was only half of the solution — and dramatically increasing domestic production was the other half.

“You have to ban Russian oil and increase domestic production. That’s where Joe Biden is going to have a problem. He’s held captive by the environmental left,” Christie explained.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Even in this current flood of propaganda and misinformation from the corporate media, far-left CBS News already scapegoating the “Ukraine crisis” for Joe Biden’s mishandling of the domestic economy is a real doozy.

“The U.S. economy has been hit with increased gas prices, inflation, and supply-chain issues due to the Ukraine crisis,” reads the CBS News tweet.

Democrats sure got it good.

The story itself is even more ludicrous:

Although many Americans may prefer that the U.S. stay out of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the brewing violence and political fallout are already hurting their wallets. Gasoline prices, which have hit eight-year highs — could surge even further if the hostilities escalate or if U.S. lawmakers pass another round of sanctions.

Where has CBS News been for the last 11 months?

Well, I guess it’s difficult to acknowledge reality with your nose stuck in Joe Biden’s ass.

First off, the idea that a weeks-old conflict has already rippled into our “wallets” is laughable. Other than the news-addicted stock market, we’re still a ways away from that.

Yes, Biden’s epic mismanagement of Ukraine will, of course, eventually hit us all. No question about that. But even then, Biden will still deserve the blame. The “Ukraine crisis” might not have happened had Biden not abandoned Afghanistan, abandoned America’s energy independence, killed the Keystone Pipeline, and approved Nord Stream 2. And even if the Ukraine crisis did still happen, America would not be so vulnerable to the fallout had we remained energy independent.

The bottom line, though, is that our exploding gas prices, record inflation, and supply chain snarls were already bad and getting worse long before Ukraine became an issue.

Secondly, what CBS News did here is precisely why Democrats and the corporate media are so desperate to juice up a regional conflict into a Word War.

Working together, the Democrats and the media intend to gaslight midterm voters into believing all of our economic problems are Vladimir Putin’s fault and, by extension, the fault of former President Trump — because, you know, Trump is a Russian puppet or something.

This laughably desperate ploy (which will not work) is already playing out all over the media. And the fake media will continue to read this misinformation as the economy worsens — as gas prices, supply chain issues, and inflation worsen.

Biden, right now, is loving this so-called crisis. It distracts from his failures as president, allows him to pose as commander-in-chief, and will give him a scapegoat for his disastrous handling of the economy.

Like I said, it won’t work. It won’t help Democrats or Biden in the upcoming midterms. But at least Democrats and the media have a talking point now. It might be a lousy talking point, a total lie, but it’s better than having no talking point.

(RepublicanWire.org) – As tensions between Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and NATO continue, it is affecting the Mediterranean world as well as Europe’s energy sector.

The U.S. is pulling its support for an Israeli underground natural gas pipeline that would run from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe. Many are predicting this will simply cause more problems in the region.

Moreover, this decision from the Biden administration undercuts Israel, one of America’s most steadfast allies.

The Trump administration supported the EastMed Pipeline, but the Biden administration has environmental and economic concerns about the project, Reuters reported.

The proposed pipeline would have given Europe an alternative to its heavy dependence on Russian gas. It would have conveyed about 10 billion cubic yards of Israeli and Cypriot natural gas to Europe via Greece and Italy each year, according to The Hill.

Recently, Europe has been suffering from an energy crisis, which has led to soaring natural gas and electricity prices. Since Russia is Europe’s main supplier, the current geopolitical tensions with Ukraine and the U.S. have given Moscow the ability to further spike prices.

Now, the Biden administration has effectively ended all hopes for the EastMed Pipeline.

Analyst Ariel Cohen called this a “strategic mistake.”

“This is a disastrous decision that imperils European security and opens the door for further Russian energy hegemony in European gas markets,” Cohen wrote for The Hill. “It should be reversed.”

While the U.S. cited economic and environmental concerns in its opposition to the pipeline, Israeli outlet Haaretz pointed to the Biden administration’s fear of Russia as the real heart of the issue.

“A pipeline that will bring Israeli gas to Europe could anger Russian President Vladimir Putin, who would lose some of his customers. Even though the amount of gas that Israel could supply to Europe is minuscule compared to the needs of countries on the continent, a project of this nature would influence the arm-wrestling between Moscow and Washington,” Haaretz reported.

Some are accusing Biden of trying to appease Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as well as Putin.

Erdoğan has always maintained that Israel should have to sell its gas to Europe through Turkey, according to the Gatestone Institute. The EastMed Pipeline would have bypassed Turkey.

“The Americans do not want the pipeline because Ankara might get angry,” said Theofrastos Andreopoulos, a defense analyst.

Meanwhile, Russia is interested in dominating the European energy market.

Democratic lawmakers have actually supported Nord Stream 2, a Russian gas pipeline to Europe, and stopped Republicans from imposing sanctions that would have hurt it.

For this, Republicans have condemned Democrats and the Biden administration.

“The reversal on the EastMed pipeline becomes only more hypocritical and offensive given the fact that President Biden continues to clear the path towards completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” GOP Reps. Gus Bilirakis of Florida and Nicole Malliotakis of New York wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Biden administration’s decision to kill the Israeli pipeline, which would have countered Russia’s energy dominance in Europe, will simply make security issues in the region worse — at the worst possible time.

(RepublicanWire.org) – If the price of gasoline at the pump has been causing you pain, unfortunately, more pain is on the way.

For the first time since 2014 – eight years ago when Barack Obama was President of the United States of America – the price of a barrel of oil has gone above the $90 mark.

That means the price of gasoline will soon surge to new highs.

Maybe it’s a Democrat thing.

As CNBC reports today in “U.S. oil prices top $90 a barrel for the first time since 2014“:

“U.S. oil crossed above $90 on Thursday for the first time since 2014 as demand for petroleum products surges while supply remains constrained.

“West Texas Intermediate crude futures, the U.S. oil benchmark, gained more than 2% to trade as high as $90.23 per barrel. The last time prices were above the $90 mark was October 2014. International benchmark Brent crude rose 1.7% to trade at $91. Brent topped $90 on Jan. 26.” 

And it may be about to get far worse.

“WTI is up nearly 20% for the year, building on 2021′s more than 50% gain. As oil prices push higher, a number of Wall Street analysts have forecasted $100 oil.”