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Best furniture for your nursery at Amazon, Wayfair and beyond


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Baby’s first room should be special. Whether you have a little one on the way or are planning on upgrading your current nursery, we found the best furniture from Amazon, Wayfair, West Elm and many other top retailers that you can shop right now. Keep reading to shop our selection of the best furniture for your nursery.

Top products in this article:

Graco Remi 5-in-1 convertible crib and changer, $450 (reduced from $500)

Snoo, $1,595

Dankmar changing table dresser, $960

Fill your nursery with our functional and fashionable furniture finds. We’ve selected sleek, convertible cribs, smart cribs such as the super-popular Snoo, shelves to keep your nursery organized, changing stations and the most adorable decor.

And, of course, all these baby furniture picks are top-rated. Sticking to a budget? Many of these nursery essentials are on discount, too. 

Wallniture Utah floating wall shelves


Wallniture via Amazon

This set of two wooden floating wall shelves will help keep your nursery organized. These white shelves come with wall-mounting screws and anchors. Each shelf can hold up to 12 pounds. 

“I love these,” raved an Amazon customer who purchased the shelving units. “I’ve never seen shelves that were so incredibly easy to install (especially with anchors). It even came with tiny screws and a level for installation so it lines it all up for you. 

“I just pressed the shelves on the wall where I wanted them and it marked the wall perfectly. They are so durable and don’t move at all. This was important because I am using them as shelves for groceries in my 3-year-old’s playroom. Can’t say enough good things about them!”

The price below is for white shelves. Other wood finishes are available at a higher cost.

Wallniture Utah floating wall shelves (2 pc.), $35

Paddie rocking chair


Paddie via Amazon

This contemporary-looking rocking chair is covered with breathable linen fabric and filled with soft sponge. It features wide armrests and two deep side pockets. This chair can hold up to 300 pounds. 

Note that this rocking chair comes with one of Amazon’s coupon deals. You’ll save an extra 5% when you apply the coupon before checkout.

Paddie rocking chair, $190 after coupon (regularly $216)

Graco Remi 5-in-1 convertible crib and changer

Graco Remi 5-In-1 Convertible Crib & Changer With Drawer


More than just a crib, the Graco Remi sleeper converts from baby sleeper, to toddler bed, to daybed, to full-size bed with headboard. All mattresses are sold separately. 

The crib includes a bottom full-size drawer with two compartments. The attached changing table features three storage drawers, two open shelves and a water-resistant changing pad with a safety strap. 

Graco Remi 5-in-1 convertible crib and changer, $450 (reduced from $500)

Snoo smart bassinet



The Snoo smart bassinet detects fussiness, and gradually responds with womb-like white noise and motion. It claims it can calm crying in under a minute. It’s customizable, too, so you can control sound, motion and sensitivity. The accompanying app, meanwhile, gives you access to settings, plus a daily sleep report and tips on caring for your baby.

If you aren’t satisfied with the Snoo, the company offers a 30-day, risk-free trial. Snoo will even pay for return shipping.

(Not the right smart bassinet for you? Check out our picks for the best Snoo smart-crib alternatives.)

Snoo, $1,595

Snoo rental, $159 per month

4moms MamaRoo sleep bassinet



While not reactive to a baby’s crying or movement, the 4moms MamaRoo Sleep bassinet uses five motions and four sounds to soothe babies and improve sleep. Thanks to Bluetooth, parents can control the MamaRoo via a smartphone or tablet by downloading its accompanying app. 

4moms MamaRoo sleep bassinet, $450

Fisher-Price Soothing Motions bassinet



The Fisher-Price Soothing Motions bassinet, the most affordable smart crib on our list (just a tenth of the price of the Snoo), reacts to baby’s movements with a gentle swaying. This bassinet also offers calming vibrations, music and sounds, plus light projection. And as your child grows, the control unit can be removed and used as a tabletop soother.

It comes in frustration-free packaging — that is, a plain box.

Fisher-Price Soothing Motions bassinet, $150 (reduced from $200)

Serena & Lily Harbour cane convertible crib

Harbour Cane Convertible Crib

Serena & Lily

This Serena & Lily crib features trendy rattan details. At $1,698, it’s more on the expensive side, but you’ll get years of use out of it — this crib can be converted into a toddler bed. 

Serena & Lily Harbour cane convertible crib, $1,698

Dankmar changing table dresser

Dankmar Changing Table Dresser


Elevate the style of your nursery with this AllModern changing table dresser. 

The changing table dresser features soft-closing drawers and is available in white and grey. The grey dresser features gold accents; the white dresser features silver. 

Dankmar changing table dresser, $960

Ceramic lion table lamp


West Elm

This adorable table lamp is on sale right now at West Elm. 

Ceramic lion table lamp, $91 (regularly $130)

Anthropologie tufted Jardin rug

Tufted Jardin Rug


Add a pop of color to your nursery with this tufted rug. This low-pile, wool rug is available in a variety of sizes, from 2′ x 3′ all the way up to 9′ x 12′.

Anthropologie tufted Jardin rug, $98 and up

Babyletto Gelato 4-in-1 convertible crib

Gelato 4-in-1 Convertible Crib


This Scandinavian-design-inspired crib can be converted into a toddler bed and a day bed. It features four adjustable mattress positions. 

“Fantastic, solidly built, good design and style. We’ve had this for almost two years now and have been so pleased with it,” wrote a Wayfair customer who purchased the 4.8-star-rated crib.

Babyletto Gelato 4-in-1 convertible crib, $399

Sand & Stable Bowdoinham changing table

Bowdoinham Changing Table


The Sand & Stable Bowdoinham changing table is more than 50% off right now at Wayfair. The changing station features two open shelves and fits standard-size changing pads.

Wayfair offers this 4.6-star-rated table in white, gold and black. 

Sand & Stable Bowdoinham changing table, $158 (reduced from $328)

Hemingway swivel reclining glider

Hemingway Swivel Reclining Glider


This comfy swivel reclining glider is designed for nurseries — its gliding motion helps lull babies to sleep. But this 4.6-star-rated chair, available in three colors, works well in any room.

“Bought this for my son’s nursery and have since recommended it for many friends,” a reviewer says. “It’s sturdy, with good support, and the fabric has weathered a lot of use. Very comfortable to sleep in.”

Hemingway swivel reclining glider, $500

Playtex Diaper Genie


Diaper Genie via Amazon

This diaper pail is just as essential as a crib or a changing table. The Playtex Diaper Genie lets you dispose of diapers and keep your nursery smelling fresh. The device features scented seven-layer garbage bags, air-tight clamps to keep your pail closed and a carbon filter for odor protection. 

Playtex Diaper Genie, $89

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Highland Park parade suspect legally purchased multiple weapons, official says


The July Fourth parade attack suspect legally purchased multiple weapons, including at least two rifles, prior to the shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, that killed six people, authorities said Tuesday.

A rifle used in the massacre and recovered at the scene had been purchased in the Chicago area, Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference. Officials found another rifle in the suspect’s vehicle after apprehending him, Covelli said, adding that there were firearms at his residence as well.

The weapons were legally purchased from separate locations, Covelli said.

In addition to those killed, the massacre injured more than 30 people. Officials have said the weapon used in it was a high-powered rifle but have not specified what type.

Covelli said on Tuesday that it dispersed “high-velocity rounds similar to an AR-15;” there was no indication that the weapon had been modified, he said.

Earlier Tuesday, the mayor of Highland Park, Illinois, confirmed that the weapon used in the attack was purchased legally.

“I don’t know where the gun came from, but I do know that it was legally obtained, and I think at some point, this nation needs to have a conversation about these weekly events involving the murder of dozens of people with legally obtained guns,” Nancy Rotering told NBC’s “TODAY” Show. “If that’s what our laws stand for, then I think we need to re-examine our laws.”

Highland Park has been a leader in the fight against gun violence. Nearly a decade ago, Rotering led an effort in her Chicago suburb to ban assault weapons — a move that was challenged and ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court.

In June 2013, Highland Park officials passed an ordinance banning AR-15s and AK-47s after a packed meeting that overflowed from the City Council chamber, the Chicago Tribune reported at the time.

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators using an AR-15-style weapon, had happened six months before.

The Highland Park meeting, which followed a then-recently approved bill to allow Illinois owners to carry concealed handguns, got testy, according to the Tribune report.

One resident, pointing out that more people had been killed in car accidents than by assault weapons in the past year, took to the microphone and asked, “Are you considering banning automobiles as well?” 

Another argued that the ban was meaningless, the report said.

“If I really wanted to, I could kill somebody with a lamp or a coffee mug,” she said.

In response, an emotional resident said: “You can’t kill a roomful of people with a coffee mug. Sorry.”

“We do not need Sandy Hook in Highland Park,” added another. “People are being slaughtered because of assault weapons, because of an unregulated industry that has taken over this country in fear.”

The City Council voted 6-1 to pass the ordinance, which was quickly challenged by a local doctor and the Illinois Rifle Association.

The case made its way to the nation’s highest court, which declined to hear it, allowing a lower court ruling upholding the ban to stand.

Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Antonin Scalia, dissented, referencing the Second Amendment and the responsibility of the court to protect Americans’ right to bear arms, particularly for self-defense in their homes.  

The dissent called Highland Park’s ban “highly suspect because it broadly prohibits common semiautomatic firearms used for lawful purposes,” and stated “The overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense and target shooting.”

Tom Winter and Jonathan Dienst contributed.

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Quentin Tarantino, wife Daniella Pick welcome their second child


Quentin Tarantino, wife Daniella Pick welcome their second child

Quentin Tarantino welcomed a baby girl with his wife Daniella Pick on July 2.

The 58-year-old Oscar-winning director and Daniella are already parents to a two-year-old son Leo, who they welcomed in February 2020.

The happy news of their baby no. 2 was confirmed by the couple in a statement shared with People through their reps.

The statement shared by People said, “Daniella and Quentin Tarantino are happy to announce that Daniella gave birth to their baby girl on July 2, 2022, a little sister to Leo, their first child.”

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director and his singer wife had previously revealed they were expecting their second child in February this year.

As for Quentin and Daniella’s relationship, the couple has been going strong since 2009. They began dating after meeting in 2009 when he was promoting his film Inglorious Basterds. The couple got engaged in June 2017 and later tied the knot in November 2018.

They welcomed their first child together, son Leo in February 2020. Tarantino previously clarified how his son wasn’t named after actor Leonardo DiCaprio, with whom the director has worked in Django Unchained and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Speaking about why his son was named Leo, Quentin told Jimmy Kimmel, “We almost didn’t name him that because people would assume I named him after Leonardo DiCaprio. There’s nothing wrong with that, but … he’s named after my wife’s grandfather, but also because, just in our hearts, he was our little lion.”

The couple is yet to reveal their baby daughter’s name. 

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This Disturbing Cooking Video Had A Strange Way Of Showing Chopped Onions


Cooking videos are one of the most favourite categories of videos on the internet. People love to see how exactly their favourite foods are prepared. The step-by-step process of making food is not just educational and informative, but also somehow very relaxing to watch. Recently, however, a seemingly innocuous cooking video turned out to be much more disturbing than usual ones. In this weird clip, they showed us the process of an onion being chopped. Sounds quite normal right? However, if you watch the clip, you’ll see the bizarre shot and know what we mean. Take a look at the viral video here:

(Also Read: After Losing Grocery Job Amid Covid, Elderly Man Starts Own Cooking Channel)

The clip was shared on Twitter by user @mind_probiotic on his handle. “Just found my new least favourite shot in a cooking video ever,” wrote the user in his tweet. The cooking video has already received over 13 million views and 265k likes. More than 21k retweets and 6.4k quote tweets were also registered on the video.

In the disturbing cooking video, there was an outdoor cookout featuring an open fire made with wood in the middle of a forest. A huge knife was being used to slowly chop the onion into small pieces. At first, everything seemed to be like any other usual cooking video. All of a sudden, the camera turned backwards and moved with the knife. The dizzying shot was extremely bizarre and certainly did not make for a satisfactory watch.

Twitter users too were left with mixed feelings after watching the video. Some of them said that the shot of onion being chopped gave them a headache. Others wondered why such a shot was taken in the first place.

Take a look at the hilarious reactions:

This is not the only strange thing to go viral on social media. In the recent past, a click of an abandoned vintage Burger King outlet had also taken the internet by storm. People couldn’t help but share reactions to the viral news.

Click here to read more about this story.

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This Protein-Rich Toor Dal Dosa By Chef Kunal Kapur Is Ideal For A Wholesome Meal


South Indian cuisine is known for its spicy, mouth-watering and tangy dishes. From Chicken Chettinad, Andhra-Style Chicken Curry, Hyderabadi Biryani to Paal Payasam, Appam, Rava Uttapam and more – the list is endless. However, one such dish that never fails to impress our taste buds is the humble dosa. Crispy dosa with piping hot sambar and coconut chutney is a meal that is truly comforting. Don’t you agree? But if you’re wanting to add a dose of protein to your dosa, Chef Kunal Kapur’s protein-rich toor dal recipe is just for you. He used toor dal to make this dosa and also shared a delicious paneer filling and chutney recipe which makes it ideal for a wholesome meal.  

Also read: How To Make The Perfect Dosa Batter- 7 Easy Tips

Chef Kunal Kapoor took to his Instagram to share the recipe and wrote alongside, “A healthy filling dosa to fix your breakfast and lunch hunger pangs. Not only is this one healthy but super easy to make and takes very less time. And, the best part is that it is rich in protein. Win-win situation for all foodies?” Let’s take a look at the recipe: 

Toor Dal Dosa Recipe: How To Make Toor Dal Dosa 

Ingredients for the batter: 

Rice – 1 cup 

Pigeon pea – ½ cup 

Ginger, Roughly Cut- 1-inch knob 

Garlic cloves- 1 pc 

Dry chilli- 3 pc 

Curry leaves- 8-10 pc 

Black Pepper- ½ tsp 

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp 

Asafoetida- ¼ tsp 

Salt- ¼ tsp 

Turmeric- ½ tbsp 

Water- 220mL 

Oil- to cook 

For paneer filling and chutney: 

Oil – 2 tbsp 

Dry red chilli – 2 pc 

Mustard – ½ tbsp 

Bengal gram – ½ tbsp 

Curry leaf – 7-8 pc 

Ginger, Chopped – 1 tbsp 

Green chillies, Chopped – ½ tsp 

Onion, Chopped – ¼ cup 

Salt– to taste 

Turmeric – ¼ tsp 

Tomato, Chopped – ½ cup 

Paneer, Mashed/Cubed – 1 cup 

Coriander, Chopped – a handful 

Chana dal Chutney 

Oil- 2 tbsp 

Asafoetida – a pinch 

Dry red chilli – 2 pc 

Bengal gram- ¼ cup 

Ginger, Chopped – 1 tbsp 

Curry leaves – a handful 

Turmeric – ½ tsp 

Coconut grated – ½ cup 

Tamarind, Paste- 1 tbsp 

Salt – to taste 

Water- ½ cup 

For chutney tempering: 

Oil- 1 tbsp 

Mustard- 1 tsp 

Cumin seeds- ½ tsp 

Black gram split- ½ tsp 

Curry leaf -7-8 pc 


1.For the dosa batter: First, properly wash the toor dal and rice, and soak for 3-4 hours or preferably overnight. Once done, strain the water and keep the toor dal and rice. Add them to a mixer grinder. Add ginger, garlic, dry red chilli, curry leaves, black pepper, jeera, asafoetida, salt and turmeric. Now, add a little water and save some for later. Let it grind until it forms a smooth consistency. Add more water if needed. The dosa batter is ready. 

2.For the paneer stuffing: Heat oil in a pan. Add dry red chilli, mustard seeds, chana dal, curry leaves, ginger and green chillies. Let it cook for a minute or so. Add onion, salt, turmeric and tomato on high heat. Make sure not to brown them completely. Mix well. Now, add paneer, coriander leaves and allow it to cook for 1-2 mins. Toss well.  

3.For the chutney, heat oil in a pan. Add asafoetida, dry red chilli and chana dal. Let it brown evenly. Now, add ginger and curry leaves. Switch off the gas and add some turmeric. Give it a nice stir. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool. Once cool, transfer to a mixer grinder. Add desiccated coconut, imli, salt and water. Grind well. The chutney is ready. 

4.For chutney tempering: Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, jeera and urad dal. Mix well until brown. Add curry leaves. Switch off the gas and add the tadka on top of the chutney. 

5.To make the dosa: Heat a non-stick pan and spread the dosa batter evenly. Now, drizzle some oil or butter over it on high flame. Add the paneer filling. Carefully lift and fold. Toor dal is ready! Enjoy with the chutney. 

Watch the full making of this toor dal dosa here: 

Looks delicious right? If you are in search of more dosa recipes, click here. Try out these recipes and let us know which one you like the best. 

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IISc designs framework for analog chipsets for AI applications – Times of India


BENGALURU: Indian Institute of Science (IISc) researchers have developed a design framework to build next-generation analog computing chipsets that may be faster and require less power than digital chips found in most electronic devices.
Using their novel design framework, the team has built a prototype of an analog chipset called ARYABHAT-1 or “Analog Reconfigurable technologY And Bias-scalable Hardware for AI Tasks”. The researchers have outlined their findings in two pre-print studies that are currently under peer review and have also filed patents.

ARYABHAT-1 Chip Micrograph
“This type of chipset can be especially helpful for artificial intelligence (AI)-based applications like object or speech recognition – think Alexa or Siri – or those that require massive parallel computing operations at high speeds,” IISc said.
Pointing out how most electronic devices, particularly those that involve computing, use digital chips because the design process is simple and scalable. Chetan Singh Thakur, assistant professor, department of electronic systems engineering (DESE), explained: “But the advantage of analog is huge. You will get orders of magnitude improvement in power and size.”
Thakur’s lab is leading the efforts to develop the analog chipset. In applications that don’t require precise calculations, analog computing has the potential to outperform digital computing as the former is more energy-efficient, IISc said.
However, there are several technology hurdles to overcome while designing analog chips, IISc said, adding that unlike digital chips, testing and co-design of analog processors is difficult. Large-scale digital processors can be easily synthesised by compiling a high-level code, and the same design can be ported across different generations of technology development – say, from a 7nm chipset to a 3nm chipset – with minimal modifications.
“Because analog chips don’t scale easily (they need to be individually customised when transitioning to the next generation technology or to a new application) their design is expensive. Another challenge is that trading off precision and speed with power and area is not easy when it comes to analog design,” IISc said.
In digital design, simply adding more components like logic units to the same chip can increase precision, and the power at which they operate can be adjusted without affecting the device performance.
To overcome these challenges, the team has designed a novel framework that allows the development of analog processors which scale just like digital processors. Their chipset can be reconfigured and programmed so that the same analog modules can be ported across different generations of process design and across different applications.
“You can synthesise the same kind of chip at either 180nm or at 7nm, just like digital design,” Thakur said, adding that different machine learning architectures can be programmed on ARYABHAT, and like digital processors, can operate robustly across a wide range of temperatures.
Researchers add that the architecture is also “bias-scalable” – its performance remains the same when the operating conditions like voltage or current are modified. This means that the same chipset can be configured for either ultra-energy-efficient internet of things (IoT) applications or for high-speed tasks like object detection.
The design framework was developed as part of IISc student Pratik Kumar’s PhD work, and in collaboration with Shantanu Chakrabartty, professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University, who also serves as the McDonnell Academy ambassador to IISc.
“It’s good to see the theory of analog bias-scalable computing being manifested in reality and for practical applications,” says Chakrabartty.

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Rupee’s Carnage Continues, Falls To New Record Closing Low Against Dollar


On Monday, the rupee had closed at 78.95 against the US dollar.


The rupee fell by 41 paise to close at a fresh lifetime low of 79.36 (provisional) against the US dollar on Tuesday amid a strong greenback overseas and unrelenting foreign fund outflows.

At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened at 79.04 against the greenback and witnessed an intra-day high of 79.02 and a low of 79.38.

It finally settled at 79.36 (provisional), down 41 paise over its previous close. On Monday, the rupee had closed at 78.95 against the US dollar.

News agency Bloomberg quoted rupee settling at Rs 79.37.

The Indian rupee hit a fresh record low against the US Dollar on Tuesday on the back of stronger dollar and weaker-than-expected domestic data, said Anuj Choudhary – Research Analyst at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas.

India’s merchandise exports in June rose by 16.78 per cent year-on-year to $37.94 billion while the trade deficit ballooned to a record $25.63 billion on account of a steep increase in gold and crude oil imports, according to the government’s preliminary data released on Monday.

“Rupee is expected to trade on a negative note on a firm tone in the US Dollar, elevated oil prices, and weak global market sentiments,” Choudhary said.

Dollar may strengthen on expectations of aggressive rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, Choudhary said, adding that the hike in import duty on gold may support rupee to some extent as it may dent import demand for gold. Rupee may trade in the range of 78.50-80 in the next couple of sessions.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was up 0.89 per cent at 106.07.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 1.10 per cent to $112.25 per barrel.

On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 100.42 points or 0.19 per cent lower at 53,134.35, while the broader NSE Nifty declined 24.50 points or 0.15 per cent to 15,810.85.

Foreign institutional investors remained net sellers in the capital market on Monday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 2,149.56 crore, as per exchange data.

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Supreme Court abortion decision won’t save Dems, Biden in midterm elections: Here are 5 reasons why


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The conventional wisdom declared that recent rulings from the Supreme Court provided a boost to the sagging political fortunes of the Democratic Party. “The Fall of Roe May Save Democrats in the Midterms, at Least in the Suburbs” declared one headline from Time Magazine, “Democrats bet on Roe’s ballot power” read another from Axios. 

True, the topic provided a conversation changer from $5 gasoline and soaring inflation. But don’t be so sure these trends will hold until November. Here are five reasons why. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

One, the decision is the latest reminder of President Joe Biden’s status as a relic of the past. Five decades ago, a 30-year-old newly-elected senator from Delaware declared the Supreme Court went “too far” on abortion. A half century later, as the soon-to-be 80-year-old head of the Democratic Party, the same man is spitting mad. 


But words are not enough for some ostensibly in Biden’s camp. Progressives such as U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., demanded, “more specific actions rolled out … We all knew this was coming.”  

Jayapal is right. The court’s decision was telegraphed nearly two months ago via the unprecedented leak of the draft decision. Yet it took the president almost a week to call for blowing up the filibuster to enshrine abortion rights into law, earning a rare nod of approval from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in the process. (Never mind that Senate Democrats’ decision to go around filibuster rules a decade ago paved the way for Republicans to confirm the conservative majority on the Supreme Court – that is a topic for a different column.) 

Which gets to the second reason: the left’s most extreme voices are taking center stage – and so are their ideas. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared the court had “lost legitimacy” and proposed abortion tents at national parks. The aforementioned AOC suggested impeaching the justices. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot yelled “F— Clarence Thomas.” Even the former (and future?) Democratic standard-bearer, Hillary Clinton, jumped in, announcing, “women are going to die.” 

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Museum of Modern Art on May 24, 2022, in New York City.

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Museum of Modern Art on May 24, 2022, in New York City.
(Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

So much for Biden’s call in his Inaugural address to “lower the temperature.” 

Third, the Biden presidency is on the brink of unraveling. His approval rating hit a new low of 38%, according to Real Clear Politics. At this point in their respective terms, President Barack Obama’s approval stood at 46% while President Donald Trump was at 42% – and their party received shellackings in the first midterms. Biden’s legislative agenda is hopelessly stalled. Instead, his White House is already focused on the onslaught of congressional probes in the likely event of a GOP Congress. 

Worst of all, the quiet whispers about Biden’s ability to run for re-election have snowballed into an open conversation among leading Democrats. Both Clinton and Ocasio-Cortez are facing questions about their 2024 plans. Vice President Kamala Harris’ statement that Biden “is running for re-election, and I will be his ticket mate” did little to silence the doubters. 

Kamala Harris walks out of the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington on July 20, 2021.

Kamala Harris walks out of the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington on July 20, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The speculation has left Team Biden understandably “irked,” according to the New York Times. After all, he was elected with the most votes ever less than two years ago. 


It’s been all been downhill since, for both Biden and the country, which brings us to the fourth reason.  

Heading into Independence Day, America is in a rut. An Associated Press survey showed 85% of adults believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and it’s easy to see why. Anyone planning to travel for the holiday weekend faces a choice between widespread flight delays and cancellations, soaring prices and shortages of rental cars, and the highest gas prices in our nation’s history – prices that American consumers will face “as long as it takes,” according to Biden. Even the average cost for a cookout is up 17% from last year. 

President Joe Biden speaks about inflation and the economy from the White House campus on May 10, 2022.

President Joe Biden speaks about inflation and the economy from the White House campus on May 10, 2022.
(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


The fifth and final factor: the Biden presidency has not been a boon to the economy (or frankly much of anything), but it has been a shot in the arm for GOP voter registration numbers. New data from the Associated Press showed more than one million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party. The American public is voting with their feet, and well before election season. The Democrats are handing back all the gains they made during the Trump years. 

The Supreme Court is now in recess until October, and the dust will start to settle from the recent spate of rulings. When it does, the Democratic Party will be heading into a daunting midterm landscape led by a president who has lost more than a few miles per hour off his fastball. The die has been cast, and now the party in charge has little left to do but brace for impact.


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