( – The White House is attempting to deemphasize the fact that 113 Democrats in the House of Representatives joined Republicans to ban sales of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China.

“The House has passed bipartisan legislation that would ban the export of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Chinese companies.  Given that oil has flowed to China from that reserve during both this administration and the previous one, is that the type of reform that the President would potentially support?” a reporter said to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday.

“So, look, I think this is a little bit of what the Secretary was talking about just moments ago.  This bill addresses a non-issue; we’re very clear on that.  We focus — we’re focused on advancing legislation that would lower costs for American families, not raise them.  So, I’m just going to leave it there,” she said.

The legislation, titled “Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act,” passed in a landslide vote of 331-97 but now has to face a Democrat-led Senate.

“The bill prohibits the Department of Energy (DOE) from selling petroleum products (e.g., crude oil) from the SPR to any entity that is under the ownership, control, or influence of the Chinese Communist Party,” the legislation summary said.

Republican leaders on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led by Ranking Member John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced companion bills of House legislation targeting President Biden’s use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

The first bill, the Secure Auction for Energy Reserves Act which Barrasso introduced with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, would prohibit the federal government from selling SPR stocks to China and other countries of particular concern. Earlier this month, the House passed similar legislation, the Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act, by a margin of 331-97.

“China is profiting from President Biden’s political abuse of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve,” the senator said. “Meanwhile, America has become more vulnerable to true energy and national security emergencies.”

“Our legislation will ban SPR sales to China and other hostile nations,” he said. “It will also ban SPR sales to state-owned companies which purchase oil from Russia, Iran, and other nations the U.S. has sanctioned. Adversaries cannot be allowed to benefit from America’s security reserve.”

Sen. Collins said that it is “inexcusable that our emergency stockpile of crude oil is being sold to dictators overseas.”

Another piece of legislation that was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday, the “Strategic Production Response Act,” would only allow the Strategic Petroleum Reserves to be tapped by the Department of Energy only when there is a severe interruption to the supply and only after the Interior Department issues a plan to increase oil and gas production in the United States on federal lands and waters.

“America is stronger and safer when we are energy independent,” Sen. Barrasso said. “The Biden administration agenda is to choke off energy development on federal land. Our legislation will prevent President Biden from raiding the SPR for political purposes without boosting American oil production.”

“It’s time to work together to lower prices for Wyoming families, unleash American energy, and strengthen our national security,” he said.

( – On Wednesday, far-left Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar had melt down during a press conference after being stripped of her committee’s by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. During her meltdown, she bizarrely claimed that removing her from these committees’ is a “threat to national security”.

“In modern American history, the punishment of stripping member of Congress of their committee assignments has been reserved for only the most egregious wrongdoings: Those convicted or indicted on corruption, those who have engaged in bribery, sexual misconduct, encouraged violence, or other grave charges,” she said, melting down.

“Kevin McCarthy⁩‘s purely partisan move to strip us from our committee is not only a political stunt, but also a blow to the integrity of our democratic institutions, and a threat to our national security,” she falsely stated. “We are thankful to leader Jeffries and house Democrats and even some courageous Republicans for standing with us if McCarthy wants to denigrate the integrity of the house and its committees, we will always stand up to these efforts,” she concluded.

McCarthy’s reason for removing Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, is because of her “repeated antisemitic and anti-American remarks.”  In 2019, the Somalia-born Omar referred to 9/11 as an incident in which “some people did something.”

On twitter, Clayton Keirns shared a video of Omar, “gleefully recounting how a professor said the words Al Qaeda.”

( – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation are two of the largest Democrat non-profits in the country. 

While there is a lot of speculation Bill Gates’ intentions are rather nefarious, it’s been confirmed that between his foundation and the Ford Foundation, $39 million went to China last year.  

From reporting by The Washington Free Beacon, “The Gates Foundation, according to its latest IRS disclosure, sent nearly $30 million to Chinese organizations in 2021, including $2.5 million to the communist nation’s National Health Commission and $1.4 million to its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The Ford Foundation, meanwhile, sent $9.3 million to China in 2021—recipients included three public universities that are overseen by the Chinese government’s defense industry agency.”

“Some of this money was sent to Chinese government agencies and universities that conduct military research, raising concerns among U.S. lawmakers and China experts.”

This news raises some red flags. Representative Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, told The Washington Free Beacon, “If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that we need to heavily scrutinize every American dollar that goes to CCP-affiliated entities.” 

Gallagher is set to chair a House select committee established to counter China. “Any American foundation contributing to causes that advance CCP-aligned interests in the developing world has serious questions to answer.”

Other U.S. researchers have voiced concerns and are reevaluating their work in China for fear that their accomplishments will end up aiding the Chinese military. The Gates and Ford foundations appear to have no such concerns. 

The foundations sent Peking University close to $2 million in 2021 despite concerns raised in the study of robotic fish that could aid the Chinese in developing hypersonic weapons. 

“The Gates Foundation labeled most of its grants to Chinese government agencies and universities—including the $2.5 million it sent to China’s National Health Commission—as supporting ‘global health and development public awareness and analysis.’”

Bill Gates’s funding of global health initiatives should raise a few eyebrows. In a 2020 Ted Talk, Gates discussed the world population as unsustainable. 

He proposed ways to reduce the world’s population growth that include “doing a really great job on vaccines, health care, and reproductive health services.” 

These all sound like ways to increase population but not to Leftists. 

The Covid vaccine looks like it’s doing more harm than good. Their version of health care is socialized medicine which means the government gets to decide who gets life-saving care and who doesn’t. Reproductive health translates to abortion. All of these are ways to decrease the population. 

“The Ford Foundation’s Chinese grants cover a wider range of issues, such as climate change, education, and finance. One $150,000 Ford Foundation grant to Beijing Normal University funds research on Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, a CCP tool to subjugate foreign nations through direct infrastructure investment,” according to the Free Beacon. 

As Gallagher pointed out, neither of these foundations is funding anything that will benefit the world, only the Chinese Communist Party, and they should answer for their role in it.

( – The former senior FBI counterintelligence official who played a lead role in the Trump-Russia investigation has been arrested and charged over his own alleged ties to a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

“Charles McGonigal, the former Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Counter intelligence Division in New York, who retired in 2018, is accused of violating U.S. sanctions by agreeing to provide services to Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch. He is charged alongside Sergey Shestakov, a former Soviet and Russian diplomat who later became a U.S. citizen and a Russian interpreter for courts and government offices, through a five-count indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court Monday,” Fox News reported.

“McGonigal and Shestakov both were arrested Saturday. The indictment is a rare move by federal prosecutors to bring charges against a senior former FBI official before a federal grand jury. Though not referenced in or related to the indictment, McGonigal, while serving as chief of the cybercrimes section at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., was one of the first bureau officials to learn of allegations George Papadopoulos, a campaign adviser for Donald Trump, boasted that he knew Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, launching the investigation into alleged Russian election interference known as Operation Crossfire Hurricane,” the outlet added.

McGonigal and Shestakov “both previously worked with Deripaska to attempt to have his sanctions removed, and, as public servants, they should have known better,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams said in a statement. “This Office will continue to prosecute those who violate U.S. sanctions enacted in response to Russian belligerence in Ukraine in order to line their own pockets.”

Fox News reported: “Both men are charged with one count of conspiring to violate and evade U.S. sanctions, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”), one count of violating the IEEPA, one count of conspiring to commit money laundering, and one count of money laundering, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Shestakov is also charged with one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, prosecutors said.”

It was then-President Barack Obama who in 2014 issued Executive Order 13660, which declared a national emergency with respect to the situation in Ukraine following the annexation of Crimea.

On April 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) designated Deripaska as a Specially Designated National (“SDN”), sanctioning him for acting on behalf of a senior official of the Russian Federation’s government and for operating in the Russian energy sector.

In 2021, the two defendants agreed to and did investigate a rival Russian oligarch of Deripaska in return for concealed payments from Derispaska, in violation of sanctions the United States imposed in 2018, the indictment says. McGonigal and Shestakov allegedly knew their actions violated U.S. sanctions because, among other reasons, while serving as special agent in charge, McGonigal received then-classified information that Deripaska would be added to a list of oligarchs considered for sanctions.

“The FBI is committed to the enforcement of economic sanctions designed to protect the United States and our allies, especially against hostile activities of a foreign government and its actors,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll said. “Russian oligarchs like Oleg Deripaska perform global malign influence on behalf of the Kremlin and are associated with acts of bribery, extortion, and violence.”

“After sanctions are imposed, they must be enforced equally against all U.S. citizens in order to be successful,” Driscoll added. “There are no exceptions for anyone, including a former FBI official like Mr. McGonigal. Supporting a designated threat to the United States and our allies is a crime the FBI will continue to pursue aggressively.”

( – On Sunday, Kamala Harris gave a speech in Tallahassee, Florida over abortion where she quoted the Declaration of Independence but left out the part of the document that said Americans have a right to life.

On the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the now-reversed landmark Supreme Court case that established a federal right to abortion, Harris attacked Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican lawmakers whom she called “extremists,” for protecting the rights of unborn children.

At the beginning of her speech, Harris quoted the Declaration of Independence — but omitted the right to “life.”

“We are here together because we collectively believe and know, America is a promise, America is a promise – it is a promise of freedom and liberty,” Harris said. “Not for some, but for all. A promise that we made in the Declaration of Independence that we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The opening of the Declaration of Independence declares:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Later in her speech, Harris suggested that Americans cannot “truly be free” without legalized abortion. Never mind the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.

Moreover, Harris used her speech to demand that Congress pass legislation codifying “reproductive rights” (i.e., abortion), conflating “reproductive rights” with “freedom and liberty.” Harris promised that President Joe Biden would promptly sign into law any such legislation.

Harris announced that the Biden administration planned to further extend ways to provide abortion pills to those who seek them.

However, that is unlikely to happen because Republicans now control a majority in the House.

On Sunday, Biden signed a presidential memorandum to protect nationwide access to abortion medication. The memorandum does not usurp states that have outlawed such medication, but directs the government to explore protecting it.

( – Atlanta erupted on Saturday night, with police arresting at least six people after a protest over the death of Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, 26, turned violent.

Teran, also known as “Tortuguita,” or “little turtle,” was killed by police on Wednesday after he allegedly ignored authorities and shot at state troopers on the grounds of the new Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, Fox News reports.

On Saturday night, Antifa brought violent protests to the Atlanta. These Antifa terrorists ignited flares and fireworks, set a police cruiser on fire, and vandalized businesses in downtown Atlanta.

Many of the protestors “don’t even live in Atlanta or in the state of Georgia,” said City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. “And they don’t represent the voices of Atlanta.”

“And some of them were found with explosives on them,” he continued. “You heard that correctly. Explosives. And that has led to a police officer’s car being set on fire and other destruction has occurred.”

“Make no mistake about it,” the mayor said, “these individuals meant harm to people and property.”

Meanwhile, the media tried to pass the protest off as peaceful.

Just after 6 p.m., police said they set an Atlanta Police cruiser on fire, smashed the windows of a Wells Fargo bank and vandalized walls with anti-police graffiti in an area that is typically bustling with tourists.

Atlanta police arrested at least six people after the protest erupted into a night of chaos and violence.

“Atlanta is safe and our police officers have resolved the disruptions downtown from earlier in the evening,” City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Saturday evening. 

“The City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department will continue to protect the right to peaceful protest. We will not tolerate violence or property destruction,” the mayor added.

( – It’s not unusual for politicians from states with rival teams to challenge each other to wagers. What is unusual, however, is for the politician proposing the bet to be as mercilessly smacked down as California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell was when he approached Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

The Cowboys beat the Bucs on Monday night. This means Dallas punched their ticket to the divisional round and a date with the 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday.

Swalwell decided to seize on the opportunity and challenge Cruz to a bet. If the 49ers win, Cruz can’t tweet for the rest of January. Likewise, Swalwell can’t tweet for the rest of the month if the Cowboys win.

Sounds fair, right?

But then Cruz upped the ante.

Cruz’s reference to a Chinese dinner is an obvious reference to Swalwell’s alleged affair with a Chinese spy named Fang Fang.

In December of 2020, Axios first reported that a Chinese spy named Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, had “developed extensive ties with local and national politicians, including a U.S. congressman.”

Democrats failed to strip Swalwell of his position on the sensitive House Intelligence Committee.

New House Speaker Kevin McCarthy doesn’t quite share their their trust, however, and stripped Swalwell of the committee assignment as one of his first acts upon taking the gavel, the Washington Free Beacon confirmed on Jan. 10.

( – President Joe Biden declared on Thursday that there’s “nothing there” when it comes to the discovery of classified documents in several locations, including his home. Irritated at being asked about the controversy, Biden was also adamant that he had “no regrets” in regard to his actions.

The president was in California, touring areas recently impacted by a series of winter storms when a reporter called out a question about the discovery of classified documents in his possession and Biden was clearly irked when asked if he had any regrets.

“You know, the only — I will answer the question, but here’s the deal: You know, what quite frankly bugs me is that we have a serious problem here we’re talking about. We’re talking about what’s going on. And the American people don’t quite understand why you don’t ask me questions about that,” he said. “But having said that, what’s your question?”

The reporter then asked, “Do you have any regret, sir, that you did not reveal the existence of the documents back in November, before the midterms?”

The initial discovery took place days before the midterm elections, yet the White House sat on this information for two months before disclosing it to the American people — what impact it may have had on the election outcome is unknown at this point.

“Just hang on, okay? Look, as we found — we found a handful of documents that were filed in the wrong place,” Biden replied. “We immediately turned them over to the Archives and the Justice Department. We’re fully cooperating and looking forward to getting this resolved quickly.”

“I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets,” he continued. “I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. It’s exactly what we’re doing. There is no there there.”

He stumbled his way through his response, making no effort to disguise the fact that he was reading from a prepared statement.

( – Climate activist and former Vice President Al Gore (D) was mocked by Twitter users for going on an animated, “unhinged” tirade this week at the World Economic Forum’s annual summit in Davos, Switzerland, where he talked about the dangers of climate change, Fox News Digital reported.

Gore participated on a panel with other climate activists to present a discussion on “Leading the Charge through Earth’s New Normal,” according to the World Economic Forum website.

Gore went on an absolutely unhinged tirade about boiling seas and “rain bombs,” claiming once again that climate change will soon kill us all.

“We’re still putting 162 million tons [of greenhouse gas] into it every single day and the accumulated amount is now trapping as much extra heat as would be released by 600,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs exploding every single day on the earth,” he rambled.

“That’s what’s boiling the oceans, creating these atmospheric rivers, and the rain bombs, and sucking the moisture out of the land, and creating the droughts, and melting the ice and raising the sea level, and causing these waves of climate refugees!” he screamed.

Gore then claimed, still yelling, that “climate refugees” are “predicted to reach 1 billion in this century” – which, if that’s anything like his other predicted apocalyptic deadlines that have already come and gone, isn’t really anything to worry about, but which Gore predicts will cause us to “lose our ability for self-governance in this world.”

Thankfully, Gore’s gloom-and-doom prophecies haven’t been right yet, and there’s no reason to expect them to start coming true any time soon. Critics on twitter pointed out just how wrong Gore has been.

Critics also pointed out Gore’s real agenda, money!

( – On Tuesday afternoon, the Golden State Warriors were at the White House to celebrate their 2022 NBA Championship. Of course the meeting had a multitude of awkward and weird moments. Not only did President Biden mangle Kamala Harris’ name, but the Vice President bizarrely introduced Joe as the “champion of our nation.” 

However, one of the most awkward moments occurred when Biden chose to take a knee for a photo opportunity.

Kamala meanwhile cackled away as the president bent the knee, giggling, “I’m not doing that!” She continued chortling as she awkwardly took a spot in the crowd of players next to Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry.

If that moment wasn’t cringe enough for you, wait till the end when Kamala steps back onto the stage, still laughing in hysterics, and Joe appears to lunge toward the photographers. Again for no apparent reason.

The question is, why was Biden kneeling in the first place? Did someone ask him to? I didn’t see anything like that; it appeared he just did it spontaneously. Was he honoring George Floyd? Perhaps giving a shout-out to the BLM movement? Who knows. It just seemed like empty virtue signaling with no purpose other than to be seen doing something “woke.”

The Warriors have won four championships in the past eight years, but they did not meet Donald Trump while he was in office.

The team was publicly disinvited after star point guard Stephen Curry said he was not interested in going, according to an ESPN report.