Biden Report Card: Overseas weaknesses tested, more student deadbeats bailed out

This week’s White House Report Card finds President Joe Biden being tested more in the Middle East, while at home, he’s daring Republicans to challenge his election-year agenda.

Overseas, his efforts to calm tempers in the Middle East failed. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu snubbed the president’s demand for a two-state solution and a ceasefire in Gaza. Houthi leaders also shrugged off U.S. military strikes and continued to escalate its Iran-backed attacks on Red Sea shipping.

At home, Biden again ignored a Supreme Court ruling and forgave billions in unpaid student loans. And he signed a short-term budget bill that kept the federal government’s lights on.

Democratic pollster John Zogby, with a grade of B-minus, highlighted the pluses of the week for the president and reported that Biden’s approval ratings ticked up four points.
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