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U.S. oil reserve release meant to help Democrats?

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15 million barrels will be released from nation’s oil reserve

The Biden administration announced that they will release of 15 million barrels of oil from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to lower fuel prices.

Last week, leading OPEC, the Saudi government rejected appeals from the U.S. and moved forward with cutting oil production.

This came after news broke that the Biden administration urged Saudi Arabia to delay reducing their oil production by one month—which would push the change off until after the midterm elections.

The decision is expected to cause gas prices to spike in the U.S. before Election Day.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden announced the release would lower gas prices and strengthen domestic oil production.

As the President wrapped up his remarks at the White House, a reporter shouted out at him, “What is your response to Republicans who say you are only doing this SPR release to help Democrats in the midterms?

“Where have they been the last four months? That’s my response,” Biden said, sarcastically.

Another reporter asked, “Is it politically motivated, sir, three weeks before the midterms?”

Biden responded, “No, it’s not. Look, it makes sense. I’ve been doing this for how long now? It’s not politically motivated at all. It’s motivated to make sure that I continue to push on what I’ve been pushing on.”

Additionally, the release comes as the administration has been meeting with executives from oil company to try and negotiate ways to lower fuel prices ahead of the midterm elections.

Inflation—driven by high energy prices—is a key issue in this year’s elections.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Dozens injured in Turkey following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake

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It’s been a week of major earthquakes, and this time Turkey has fallen victim.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6 struck the west of the country on Wednesday.

35 people have been injured in the quake. But authorities have confirmed there were no immediate reports of deaths or significant damage.

It struck at a depth of 2 kilometres and authorities continue their checks into damage.

The country’s interior minister says there were some barns were wrecked, and power was cut in some parts.

It’s believed the quake was felt in major cities of Istanbul and the capital of Ankara.

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BORDER CRISIS: Republicans call for Homeland Security Sec. to resign

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GOP delegation led by Kevin McCarthy showed ‘gratitude’ to border patrol and called for Mayorkas to resign or potentially face impeachment

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a Republican delegation led by GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is touring the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.

Officials say the visit to the southern border is a way for lawmakers to show gratitude to border patrol agents who have been inundated by unprecedented illegal crossings this year.

After their tour on Tuesday, Leader McCarthy called for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign over his handling of the migrant crisis at the southern border – or potentially face an impeachment inquiry when Republicans take control of the House next year.

According to statistics some 2.3-million illegal migrants have walked across America’s southern border in this year alone.

The sheer volume of crossings are not only a security risk but also a humanitarian crisis.

America already is a country that has one of the most welcoming policies for legal immigration.

The all-important midterm elections have given Republicans the majority in the U.S. House of Representative.

In his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border since being nominated to be speaker of the House for the next Congress by his Republican caucus, McCarthy in warning Biden and Democrats that they plan to use subpoena power to secure the border.

McCarthy accuses the White House of ‘actively undermining’ immigration enforcement—a contentious issue that has been plaguing the Executive branch of government under the Biden administration which has been turning a blind-eye to the criminal activity.

In a letter sent to Republicans last week, McCarthy said the southern border is the most important issue facing the new Congress.

Tuesday’s tour is the California Republican’s third trip to the southern border since President Joe Biden took office.

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Poland, NATO: missile strike wasn’t a Russian attack

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U.S. Secretary of Defense and others laid overall but not specific blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war

A missile strike in farmland in Europe is the latest “crisis” in the nearly 9-month-old Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Poland, a NATO member along with the head of the military alliance both said on Wednesday that the missile strike on a Polish village that killed two people appeared to be unintentional.

Those officials also said the missile was probably launched by air defenses in neighboring Ukraine.

However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, disputed those claims and asked for further investigation.

The assessments of Tuesday’s fatal missile landing appeared to defuse the likelihood that the strike would trigger another major escalation.

Article 5 of the NATO charter says that an attack against one is an attack against all.

While NATO has taken collective defense measures on several occasions, including in response to the situation in Syria and the Russian invasion of Ukraine—it has only invoked Article 5 once.

For the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, NATO evoked Article 5 and came to the defense of the United States.

Tuesday’s deadly missile landing in NATO territory stoked new fears of an escalation that could bring even bigger consequences.

But news from officials that it was likely not fired from Russia has calmed many.

In Washington DC, the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III and others laid overall but not specific blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war.

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