Headline RoundupAugust 9th, 2022

Democratic Wins Prompt Speculation of Biden Comeback

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President Joe Biden signed the $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act on Tuesday — the latest in a string of legislative accomplishments some analysts say could boost Democrats’ 2022 elections outlook. 

Biden’s recent wins include killing a top al-Qaeda leader, passing the Inflation Reduction Act in the Senate, and signing the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act. The 79-year-old president also recovered from a rebound case of COVID-19, and U.S. gas prices fell to an average of $4.03 per gallon. Biden’s poll numbers appeared to rise slightly towards the end of July, according to a polling average by FiveThirtyEight (Center bias). White House officials and others began touting a meme called “Dark Brandon” on Twitter to celebrate Biden over the weekend.

The accomplishments came after a period of rising dissatisfaction with the president. While Republicans continued to blame him for high inflation and unauthorized immigration, Democrats began criticizing him for inaction, with some even considering alternate 2024 presidential candidates. 

Perspectives were split along partisan lines, with some voices from the right arguing that Biden was still “miserably inadequate.” Voices from the center and left were more mixed, with some saying the news offered Democrats a “glimmer of hope.”

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