Morning Jolt: Is the Saudi Crown Prince Exacting ‘Revenge’ on Biden?

Unfinished business is the theme of today's Morning Jolt. Back on the campaign trail in 2019, Joe Biden pledged a conflict with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman — and even though Biden changed his mind on the topic shortly after taking office, the U.S. may be getting the bitter fruits of that conflict anyway. Elsewhere, volunteers are getting it done in Afghanistan but are held back by a slow-moving State Department; new revelations prove that Andrew Cuomo was not the brilliant pandemic leader his media fanbase insisted he was; and Bridget Phetasy asks why we never heard anything else about that Southwest Airlines pilot.

Are We Stuck in a Subtle Economic and Energy War with Saudi Arabia?

The Intercept offers a provocative, and not necessarily crazy, theory about what is partially driving the global rise in energy prices: "The main driver of inflation is a murderous maniac in Riyadh. . . . Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is enacting revenge on Democrats in general and President Joe ...

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Is the Saudi Crown Prince Exacting 'Revenge' on Biden?

Unfinished business is the theme of today's Morning Jolt. Back on the campaign trail in 2019, Joe Biden pledged a conflict with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman — and even though Biden changed his mind on the topic shortly after taking office, the U.S. may be getting the bitter fruits of that conflict anyway. Elsewhere, volunteers are getting it done in Afghanistan but are held back by a slow-moving State Department; new revelations prove that Andrew Cuomo was not the brilliant pandemic leader his media fanbase insisted he was; and Bridget Phetasy asks why we never heard anything else about that Southwest Airlines pilot.

Are We Stuck in a Subtle Economic and Energy War with Saudi Arabia?

The Intercept offers a provocative, and not necessarily crazy, theory about what is partially driving the global rise in energy prices: "The main driver of inflation is a murderous maniac in Riyadh. . . . Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is enacting revenge on Democrats in general and President Joe ...   READ MORE

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