( – Last week, the Archbishop of San Francisco notified United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) by letter that she is now barred from receiving Holy Communion from the Catholic Church because of Pelosi’s outspoken advocacy for abortion in defiance of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Archbishop said in the letter that he had previously warned Pelosi that she needed to refrain from being so outspoken on abortion if she was to continue to receive communion. Pelosi professes to be a devout Catholic, and she is an ardent proponent of abortion.

Monday, on The View, Whoopi Goldberg decided to weigh in by attacking the Archbishop.

Whoopi said, “The abortion rights battle is starting to blur the lines between church and state. The Archbishop of San Francisco is calling for speaker Nancy Pelosi to be denied receiving Communion because of her pro-choice stance. He’s one of the priests to also call for President Biden to be denied sacrament. This is not your job, dude. That is not up to you to make that decision.”

She continued, “What is the saying? It’s kind of amazing, but, you know, what is the point of communion, right? It’s for sinners. It’s for sinners. It’s the reward of saints but the bread of sinners. How dare you? How dare you? If Pope Francis said that’s the issue, but there are other issues about what’s right or wrong in church.”

Co-hosts Sara Haines said, “It’s also possible to be personally pro-life and to legislate pro-choice, which is also an option. Because everything I ever learned in church was that eventually, you face your maker. It’s you yourself. Face your maker. Your decisions and whatever you believe will be on account.”

( – Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders, is just about the farthest left politician in today’s political arena. He’s describe himself as a “democratic socialist.”

Over the years, it seems he has become more and more hypocritical, no doubt as he gained more and more wealth and influence, both things that, as a socialist, he swears shouldn’t be a thing.

He recently took a trip to Pennsylvania to show support and endorse far-leftist Pennsylvania Representative Summer Lee. What threw people off, is that he did so sitting in a first-class seat.

According to Fox News, “Sanders, masked up, appears to be sitting near the front of the plane in photos obtained by a fellow first-class passenger.”

It may not seem like a big deal for a man as high up on the political food chain and with as much name cred as Bernie Sanders to fly first class.

But for a self-declared socialist, a big deal is precisely what this is.

And it’s made into an even bigger deal by the fact that he was flying to go support another socialist candidate, and one Sanders told WTAE-TV would work hard to “fight” for the working and middle class, as well as their families.

According to Sanders, America’s working class is struggling, and that means we need people in Congress, supposedly like Lee, who will stand up for their rights and fight to make their lives better. Now, to be sure, America’s working class is struggling a bit, as the economy is in dire straits, and we have a president who only seems interested in raising taxes and gas prices. And having better representation in Congress would be great.

However, representatives who believe that capitalism is wrong, as Sanders supposedly does, may not be the right way to go about this.

I mean, these are people that believe wealth is essentially a plague on our nation and one that is robbing us blind. If those like Sanders and Lee were in charge, we’d all be living in the same type of home, driving the same cars, making the same amount of money, working a government-funded job, and sending our kids to learn in socialist taught schools where dreams are squashed, and the lesson of every day is that you are just a number to serve the greater good.

( – Speaking in Tokyo on Monday, Biden was asked about the US commitment to Taiwan. Biden said, “yes,” the US would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if it came under attack from China. He said the US’s responsibility to protect the self-ruled island, was “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The US president went on to say, any attempt by China to use force against Taiwan would “just not be appropriate … it would dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine”.

“America is committed to a one-China policy but that does not mean China has the jurisdiction to use force to take Taiwan,” Biden said, adding: “My expectation is that will not happen.”

A White House official walked back Biden’s remarks almost immediately.

“As the president said, our policy has not changed,” the spokesperson said. “He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.”

There is a contradiction of what Biden said and the spokesperson. While Biden asserted he would intervene militarily, i.e. with the US military, his administration apparently wants to make it clear that we are only committing to providing military aid to Taiwan so it can “defend itself.” That’s significant in that it signals to China that the only thing we’d do is what we’ve been doing in Ukraine.

( – On this Sunday’s episode of “State of the Union,” Dana Bash grilled National Economic Council director Brian Deese on how the administration got it “so wrong” on inflation.

“Let’s talk about inflation,” Bash said. “It is still near the highest levels in four decades. I want to play what President Biden said about this issue almost a year ago compared to what he’s saying now.”

Bash then played a clip from Biden in which he said “the overwhelming consensus, it’s going to pop up a little bit and then go back down.”

“I want every American to know I’m taking inflation very seriously, and it’s my top domestic priority,” Biden said in another instance.

“How did the administration get that so wrong?” Bash then asked Deese.

“Look, a lot of things have changed over the course of the last year and we’ve dealt with a lot of unexpected challenges,” Deese said. “The delta wave of COVID, omicron on top of that. More recently, Putin’s invasion of Ukraine which has sent gyrations through global energy markets. What’s most important for the American people to understand right now is they have a president who is making clear, as you just played, that inflation is his top economic priority.”

“And that means a couple of things. First, we need to give the fed the space and the independence to do its job, which is to get inflation under control,” Deese continued. “Second, we need to lower costs for families, make things more affordable for them during this economic transition. Third, we need to reduce the federal deficit. If we reduce the federal deficit, we’ll help to reduce price pressures on the economy. We’ve made a lot of progress on that because of the president’s policies, but we can do more.”

Deese said the administration was looking at all possibilities to ease inflation.

( – Federal agents have apprehended a cocaine-smuggling gang, and discovered a sophisticated cross-border tunnel almost a third of a mile long. Nearly a ton of drugs were seized during the operation, and six people were arrested. This is a major blow to the drug cartels, but how many more of these tunnels are operating?

Just after midnight on May 13, federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations were carrying out surveillance on a residence in National City, California, just outside San Diego. The agents followed one of the suspects to a San Diego warehouse about 300 feet north of the Mexican border. When they searched the warehouse, they discovered one end of a tunnel that turned out to be 1,744 feet long and 4 feet wide; the other end was under a house in Tijuana, Mexico. The steel-reinforced tunnel ran six feet below ground level and was equipped with electric lighting, a ventilation system and rails to move heavy loads. During the operation, agents arrested six people and seized 3.5 pounds of heroin, 164 pounds of methamphetamine, and 1,762 pounds of cocaine.

This tunnel is the first to be found since 2020, but it’s unlikely to be the only one in use. Last year, fatal drug overdoses in the US jumped by 15% as the country was swamped by a wave of illegal narcotics. The situation at our southern border is now a major emergency and the Biden administration needs to act.

( – Joe Biden may claim that he cares about trying to lower gas prices in America, but his actions are telling a different story. He has come out and revealed that his administration would cancel a vast gas and oil lease located in Alaska. The lease has been pending approval, but it will not go through now that Biden is involved.

The cancellation of the gas lease is a significant blow to American oil. Biden plans to inflate prices so high that no one can afford to drive their gas-powered cars. The Democrat has also canceled several other oil leases that allowed for drilling out in the Gulf of Mexico.

Biden has blamed a lot of different sources for the record-high gas prices. He tried to blame the war with Vladimir Putin for the higher prices. Gas prices had already risen to record heights long before the war started. The president’s plan was to try and find a way to increase domestic supply and production.

But his commitment to such an endeavor was short-lived since he is secretly canceling contracts. The decision to kill all the deals was because there was no interest by anyone in drilling the area. The Gulf of Mexico cancellations was said to be connected to lawsuits and court rulings.

The Washington Post stated, “The Biden administration is poised to let the nationwide offshore drilling program expire next month without a new plan. Barring unexpected action, the current five-year offshore drilling program will lapse at June. Interior cannot hold any new oil and gas lease sales until it has completed a replacement plan.”

Biden plans to drag out the issue until all the leases expire. Americans can then expect high prices well into the next year because of the time it takes for drilling companies to gain access and start bringing up new oil.

Frank Macchiarola is the Senior Vice President of the American Petroleum Institute. He stated that Biden’s decision to cancel the Alaska contract was “another example of the administration’s lack of commitment to oil and gas development in the U.S. The President has spoken about the need for additional supplies in the market, but his administration has failed to take action to match that rhetoric.”

Ever since Biden took office, he tells people what they want to hear and fails to act on his statements. People are urging the president to extend the contracts and approve new ones for another five years.

The oil and gas industry is waiting for any sign that Biden will approve the new leases. The current signal is that he is dragging his feet and refuses to act because he does not have a plan to move forward. He claims to have a plan but refuses to reveal what that plan is all about.

The entire industry will grind to a stop soon if Biden fails to approve new drilling leases. The president is supposed to be a person who looks out for America’s interests. But Biden seems determined to look out for the interests of everyone else in the world. His determination to change the face of energy production and consumption will doom America for years to come.

The Democratic Party is playing a game with the future of America. Their goal to date has been to turn America into another failed socialist country where another evil dictator rules. Joe Biden needs high prices because it puts people on a dependent track to the federal government.

( – The pronoun debate reached a new level this week when a Wisconsin school district made the decision to charge three of their middle school students with sexual harassment for not using a female classmate’s preferred pronouns, a move that some legal experts say is an affront to the First Amendment right to free speech.

The Kiel, Wisconsin school district , with a population of just 3,600, has charged three eighth-graders with a violation of Title IX, a statute of the U.S. Education Department that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education.

The charges stem from an incident that took place in April where the three students in question allegedly refused to use a classmate’s “they/them” pronouns the student announced were preferred a month prior, according to Rosemary Rabidoux, whose 13 year-old son Braden is one of the accused.

“I received a phone call from the principal…forewarning me, letting me know that I was going to be receiving an email with sexual harassment allegations against my son,” she said. “I immediately went into shock. I’m thinking sexual harassment? That’s rape, that’s inappropriate touching, that’s incest. What has my son done?”

However, when the principal told her what the charges were for, Rabidoux said she couldn’t believe her ears.

“The principal said he’s being allegedly charged with sexual harassment for not using proper pronouns,” she said. “I thought it wasn’t real! I thought this has got to be a gag, a joke…one has nothing to do with the other.”

Rabidoux explained the incident that took place in April between her son and the classmate whose pronouns he declined to use, saying that it was a female student who acted very aggressively towards Braden and his friends.

“She had been screaming at one of Braden’s friends to use proper pronouns, calling him profanity, and this friend is very soft-spoken, and kind of just sunk down into his chair,” Rabidoux said. “Braden finally came up, defending him, saying ‘He doesn’t have to use proper pronouns, it’s his constitutional right to not use, you can’t make him say things.”

The three accused students are being defended by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, with deputy counsel Luke Berg claiming that the school district misusing Title IX to attempt to compel speech is potentially a First Amendment violation.

“Title IX sexual harassment typically covers things like rape, dating violence, quid pro quo sexual favors…really egregious stuff. There’s nothing even remotely close to that alleged in this case,” he said. “School administrations can’t force minor students to comply with their preferred mode of speaking. And they certainly shouldn’t be slapping eighth graders with Title IX investigation over what amounts to protected speech. This is a terrible precedent to set, with enormous ramifications.”

The Kiel school district issued a statement to the media – with some news outlets, such as Fox News, being highly critical of the charges against the students – saying that they prohibit “all forms of bullying and harassment,” especially against “protected classes.”

“The KASD prohibits all forms of bullying and harassment in accordance with all laws, including Title IX, and will continue to support ALL students regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability (“Protected Classes”) in any of it’s student programs and activities; this is consistent with school board policy. We do not comment on any student matters.”

( – Former FBI official James Baker’s testimony on Thursday destroyed former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann. The charge against Sussmann is that he lied to the FBI, specifically Baker, telling him that he wasn’t acting on behalf of any client. He asked for a meeting with Baker and that is when Sussman told Baker about the false Alfa Bank allegations, supposedly showing a back channel between the Trump organization and Russia.

Baker testified that he was “100 percent confident” that Sussmann denied working “on behalf of any particular client” to him.

“I think it was pretty close to the beginning of the meeting. Part of his introduction to the meeting,” former FBI general counsel James Baker told jurors in Washington, DC, federal court.

According to his indictment, the cybersecurity lawyer was allegedly acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign and Rodney Joffe, a tech executive and client who told him about computer data that purportedly revealed a secret back channel between a Trump Organization server and Russia’s Alfa Bank.

“He said that he was not appearing before me on behalf of any particular client,” Baker recalled.

The prosecution also entered a text from Sussmann himself, which backed up Baker’s testimony, because in it, Sussmann explicitly claimed he was coming to talk to Baker not on behalf of any client.

Baker treated Sussmann as a confidential source and didn’t even tell FBI agent Scott Hellman where he got the thumb drives of information from that he got from Sussmann. “I do remember I was frustrated at not being able to ID who had provided these thumb drives to Mr. Baker. He was not willing to tell me,” Hellman said.

Hellman said it was obvious to him that the the information wasn’t valid.

“I felt that whoever had written that paper had jumped to some conclusions that were not supported by the technical data,” he said.

“I did not feel they were objective in the conclusions they came to. The assumption is so far-reaching it just didn’t make any sense.”

Hellman speculated that whoever authored the report simply searched for “Trump” on a dataset of email servers to make the since-debunked connection.

Baker said Sussmann told him a reporter was working on a story about the information, which Baker said made it more urgent to investigate the information because if a story came out, the information might then be buried or done away with before he could determine whether or not it was valid.

Baker told Bill Preistap, the assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, immediately about the information, and that Sussmann said he was not working on behalf of any client, something Priestap also recorded in his notes, “Said not doing this for any client.”

Baker also told Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and then-FBI later Trisha Anderson. Anderson also noted in her notes that were entered into evidence, “No specific client.”

However, during Marc Elias’ testimony, a variety of records showed that Sussmann was working for and billing time spent, including the conversation with Baker, to the Clinton campaign.

It was pretty obvious from the testimony from Baker, that Sussmann did indeed lie.

( – West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has a lot of power in the United States Senate. He doesn’t hold a leadership role, but with the Senate’s 50-50 split it means he has a lot of hold over what has a shot of passing and what doesn’t.

On gun control, he hasn’t really budged much.

In the wake of the Buffalo mass shooting, Senate Democrats want to hold a vote for gun control. The problem for them is that Manchin isn’t on board with their plans.

The racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo is putting new pressure on Democrats to consider gun-control legislation, but once again Manchin  is emerging as a problem for them.

On Tuesday, Manchin said, his old proposal negotiated with the retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.) that could expand background checks for commercial transactions is the best option.

“I support the Manchin-Toomey, I’ve always done that,” he said. “The Manchin-Toomey is the one. I think if you can’t get that one, then why try to do something just for basically voting for the sake of voting?”

However, he’s right that it’s the bill with the best chance of passing an actual vote, but just barely.

Manchin can ultimately dictate what bills go where in the Senate because he’s one of the only Democrat not interested in voting in lockstep. He can’t vote in lockstep with other Democrats if he wants to hold onto his job.

That’s the saving grace of the moment because if Manchin did decide to move in lockstep, the only thing that would protect our Second Amendment rights would be the filibuster.

The truth of the matter is that while this push is happening because of Buffalo, a universal background check law wouldn’t actually have made an impact. New York already has one and, as we can see, it did nothing to stop the shooter from obtaining a firearm.

Why are Democrats trying to vote on something that isn’t going to pass anyway? It is all for show. They need to put on a performance so they can tell their base that they tried.

Thankfully, Manchin isn’t playing the game.

( – Elon Musk offered to purchase Twitter, which is accused of widespread liberal bias and censorship against conservative users on the platform.

Musk’s offer of $44 billion to buy the platform hinged on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate. The company has claimed that fewer than 5 percent of users on the platform are spam or bots, instead of real people. This claim is facing serious doubt and scrutiny.

It was discovered that almost half of President Joe Biden’s 22.2 million followers on Twitter are fake, according to a recent audit.

“Elon may have uncovered FRAUD at Twitter,” one person responded. It’s widely speculated that Twitter is rushing in a panic to try deleting bots as quickly as possible to make sure its data is accurate.

It appears that censoring and shadow-banning conservatives may not be the only scandal unfolding at the company behind closed doors.

If the company lied in its SEC filings by providing false information, this could have misled investors into believing the company is doing better than it really is. It’s possible that the company could face a lawsuit over this issue.

“My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate,” Musk explained.

The number of spam and fake accounts on Twitter prompted Musk to put his deal to purchase Twitter on hold last week.