Gas-o-lien: “President Joe Biden is using his bully pulpit to call out the tendency for gasoline prices to go up like a rocket when oil spikes, but only drop like a feather when crude crashes.” Biden demands faster drop in gas prices as oil tumbles. (I’ll bet a tank of gas that oil companies will soon report their most profitable quarter in years.)

+ Daily Double: “Whether you approve of gambling or not, it seems obvious that making it easily available to anyone with a phone and debit card, with few to no restrictions and a ton of advertising encouraging you to place your bets, is going to lead to problems for some people. This isn’t one of those stories about the unintended consequences we get from tech: It’s right there, on the surface.” Peter Kafka: Phones can be addictive. Sports betting, too. Now we’re combining them. (This is going to be a massive issue. And it will be a big problem for teen boys in particular.) So don’t bet, but do set up your women’s NCAA bracket just for fun.

+ Denial of Nervous: “When it comes to Covid, the United States specializes in denialism. Deny the human-to-human transmission of the virus when China’s first cases were publicized in late 2019. Deny that the virus is airborne. Deny the need for boosters across all adult age groups. There are many more examples, but now one stands out – learning from other countries.” Once again, America is in denial about signs of a fresh Covid wave.

+ Car Crash: “Nine people died in a fiery, head-on collision in West Texas, including six students and a coach from a New Mexico university who were returning home from a golf tournament.”

+ Upward Slope: Mikaela Shiffrin had a brutal Olympics. But she’s gotten back on track. Mikaela Shiffrin on brink of World Cup overall title after first downhill win in two years.

+ DisPence: Most ridiculous headline of the day: Trump suggests Mike Pence would not be his running mate in 2024. (He basically tried to have him murdered…)_