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The average gas price sits at $2.86 per gallon, much lower than last year around this same time. That is good for American drivers, of course, and it will also likely keep at bay President Trump's semi-regular tweets blaming OPEC for high oil prices. Trump wants low gas prices going into his reelection campaign.

The backdrop: A big drop in gasoline demand has, somewhat ironically, pushed pump prices down, AAA said this week, citing just released government data. The drop in demand is likely due to recent bad weather in parts of the country, and AAA expects prices to rebound in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

The 10 most expensive states:

  1. California — $4.05
  2. Hawaii — $3.64
  3. Washington — $3.54
  4. Nevada —$3.50
  5. Alaska — $3.47
  6. Oregon — $3.43
  7. Idaho — $3.20
  8. Utah — $3.20
  9. Arizona — $3.16
  10. Pennsylvania — $3.01

Top 10 least expensive states:

  1. Alabama — $2.47
  2. South Carolina — $2.47
  3. Louisiana — $2.48
  4. Mississippi — $2.48
  5. Arkansas — $2.52
  6. Tennessee — $2.56
  7. Missouri — $2.56
  8. Oklahoma — $2.56
  9. Texas — $2.58
  10. Virginia — $2.60

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Sen. Kamala Harris began her first speech as Joe Biden's running mate excoriating President Trump for his "mismanagement" of the coronavirus and scorn for the racial justice movement, before quickly pivoting to how she came to know Biden: through her friendship with his late son Beau.

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