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Vanessa Yurkevich: People Are OK With High Gas Prices to Hold Russia Accountable

Yurkevich acknowledged the 55-cent jump from last week but compared the prices to drastic hikes that people paid in the summer of 2008.

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The alarming rise in gas prices across the U.S. have sparked debate and outrage. But will Americans accept the higher totals at the pump in exchange for holding Russia accountable for invading Ukraine.

CNN reporter Vanessa Yurkevich believes so. Appearing on “At this Hour” from a New Jersey gas station Tuesday morning, Yurkevich asserted that Americans want to see Vladimir Putin held accountable for his actions.

“People that we have spoken to over the last couple of weeks, they’re OK paying higher prices if it means holding Russia accountable for what they are doing in Ukraine.”

Yurkevich acknowledged the 55-cent jump from last week but compared the prices to drastic hikes that people paid in the summer of 2008. “If we’re looking at it, adjusted for inflation, prices were actually higher in 2008 than they are today.”

According to Triple-A, the average price for regular is currently $4.17 a gallon. That price was effective before President Joe Biden banned all imports of Russian oil.

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Symone Sanders’ Show on MSNBC Not off to a Good Start

This past weekend, “Symone” made its debut, and the New York Post relayed the Nielsen ratings, and they aren’t good.

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The former spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, Symone Sanders, will have to make some improvements on her new show with MSNBC. 

This past weekend, “Symone” made its debut, and the New York Post relayed the Nielsen ratings, and they aren’t good. Sanders attracted just 361,000 total viewers for the 4 p.m. slot of her show on Saturday.

Furthermore, Sanders also attracted just 29,000 viewers in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic. The former Biden administration spokesperson’s debut show featured an interview with First Lady Jill Biden, and it wasn’t enough to lift numbers. 

It will be interesting to see how MSNBC and Sanders look to bounce back from these debut numbers, but she doesn’t plan to put out content that will serve as a mouthpiece for the administration despite being a former employee. 

“I’m not here to be a spokesperson for the Biden administration,” Sanders said last week. “I’m going to be honest, and sometimes the honesty means that what I have to say is not what the administration would have to say. And that’s fine because it’s my show.”

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Kate Smith Rejects Criticism of Her Reporting on Abortion

In an article, The National Review called Smith an “ambassador” for Planned Parenthood and accused her of writing what amounted to press releases for the organization.

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Former CBS reporter turned abortion rights activist Kate Smith rejects critics who believe that her reporting on the issue during her time at the network was biased. According to Fox News, Smith appeared on “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter Sunday to discuss the issue.

“I would say that by making that accusation, you’re playing into the right. And anyone who doesn’t fall by their rules, who isn’t anti-abortion, is against them,” Smith said.

In an article, The National Review called Smith an “ambassador” for Planned Parenthood and accused her of writing what amounted to press releases for the organization.

“I really reject all of that criticism… Again, I think these people just don’t understand how newsrooms work; they don’t have that kind of experience. But yeah, completely reject that criticism,” she said.

Smith reportedly spoke out in favor of abortion rights shortly after leaving CBS last year.

“Now that I’m not a reporter, I can be candid about my own opinions on reproductive rights,” Smith wrote. “I’ll say this: With or without Roe v Wade, access to abortion is disappearing across the South and Midwest for low-income women. And it’s happening more or less under the radar.”

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President Joe Biden on Inflation: “We Brought Down the Deficit”

Biden was pressed by CNN on the record-high inflation plaguing Americans during a news conference on Tuesday.

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According to Mediate, President Joe Biden was pressed by CNN on the record-high inflation plaguing Americans during a news conference on Tuesday. Biden was attempting to outline his plans to deal with the issue when he encountered White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond.

“Why do you believe so many Americans believe that your administration is not doing enough to combat inflation?” Diamond asked before encountering the president’s typical talking points on the issue.

“The vast majority of Americans are hoping that their government just takes care of the problem, and they don’t have to think about it in detail, at the kitchen table, at the dinner table. And that’s understandable no matter what their background,” the president said. 

Biden said he believes his administration has done its best to establish policies that helped have American families during this time period. “We brought down the deficit. The bottom line is, how much does America owe? How much in the hole are we going? We’re reducing that.” He added.

Last month, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation hit a 40-year high as gas prices and rent skyrocketed, climbing to 8.5%. Inflation is a decrease in the purchasing power of money, reflected in a general increase in the prices of goods and services in an economy.

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