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White House Shifts Messaging on Inflation as Republicans Attack

July 25, 2021, 12:15 PM

The White House is shifting the way it talks about inflation, as polls show increasing voter concern and Republicans try to use rising prices to kill off President Joe Biden’s sweeping plans to spend trillions of dollars on social programs and infrastructure projects.

Out: wonky words like “transitory” and complicated statistical explanations for price indicators.

In: plain-language explanations from the president himself, who sought in remarks last week to acknowledge ordinary Americans’ jitters about higher costs -- for items ranging from housing, food and gas to lumber and used cars -- while reassuring them that the increases will fade ...

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