( – FOX News White House correspondent Peter Doocy challenged National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Monday at the White House press briefing and asked why the president would prefer U.S. oil companies drill in Venezuela for oil rather than in the United States. Doocy asked if President Biden believes there is “some benefit to the climate” to drill for oil in Venezuela and not in the United States.

Doocy asked, “Why is it that President Biden would rather let U.S. companies drill for oil in Venezuela than here in the U.S.?”

John Kirby responded, “That’s not an accurate take on the President’s view.”

Doocy gave an example, “Earlier this month, he said, “No more drilling. There is no more drilling.”

Kirby tried to argue what Biden had said, “The President has issued 9,000 permits for drilling on U.S. federal lands, Peter; 9,000 of them are being unused. There are plenty of opportunities for oil and gas companies to drill here in the United States.” He continued with, “I’ll let Chevron speak for this particular issue of sanctions relief, but our expectation is it won’t be a lot of oil coming out of there. It will have to be shipped to the United States.”

Doocy continued to try to get an answer on why we would need oil from Venezuela, “Does the President think there’s some benefit to the climate to drill oil in Venezuela and not here?”

Kirby answered, “It has nothing to do with a benefit to the climate, Peter. Again, there are 9,000 unused permits here in the United States on federal land that oil and gas companies can and should take advantage of. Nine thousand. And we’re talking about one there in Venezuela. Now, look, it remains to be seen how much will get drilled down there. It’ll be up to Chevron to decide that, Peter. But — but as a function of the sanction itself, that oil, whatever product is drilled, has to come to the United States.”

Now the White House is facing criticism over Kirby suggested there are plenty of available oil drilling permits that energy companies are choosing not to utilize. publisher Marc Morano joined “Fox & Friends First” Tuesday to discuss the issues surrounding the permit process and the broader impact of Biden’s policies on the energy market. 

“They had defunded the oil and gas industry from day one through executive orders, through the Treasury Department, through pushing environment, social governance, ESG,” Mauro told co-host Carley Shimkus. “And they’ve also allowed these environmental groups in sometimes in collusion with the feds to sue.”

“So they give a permit, but then they get tied up for years and years and years, and the funding is questionable, and of course, the future permits are questionable, so that is just a red herring argument,” he continued. 

“It’s not like the Biden administration is opposed to energy extraction and drilling, no, they’re just opposed to it domestically for cheap political accounting tricks that claim that they’re fighting global warming while offshoring,” Mauro said. “This is something that Americans have to recognize.”

Former Keystone XL Pipeline worker Neil Crabtree, who lost his job when Biden shut down the pipeline, joined “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday to discuss how red tape has hampered the ability to secure drilling permits. 

“I think it’s a bit of a smoke and mirrors,” Crabtree told Steve Doocy. “There’s a huge difference between the government making leases available and actually issuing the permits. There may be 1,000 spots that we could drill, but the same administration that’s making the leases available also control the permits. And right now, the permitting process in this country is ridiculous.”

“There’s probably a dozen different agencies that have their hands in it, and any one of them can shut you down at any time,” he continued. “I would really like to see something done where one agency controlled the permitting for all energy projects in this country, but that’s probably something that another president will have to tackle.”

Crabtree also mentioned his disappointment in the Biden administration’s willingness to invest in another nation’s energy industry, namely Venezuela’s, while refusing to do the same for American companies. 

“I guess when you support socialist ideas, you support socialist countries,” he said. 

( – Rep. Adam Schiff spent the last years of the last decade telling a story with a straight face about there being evidence “in plain sight” about then-President Donald Trump engaging in “collusion” with Russia — a hoax that came up empty, despite special counsel Robert Mueller’s best efforts.

Schiff then embellished recorded quotations and shamelessly stage-managed investigations on his road to leading the prosecution in the first Trump impeachment trial that was based on a pretense so thin it’s barely remembered anymore.

Now, after amassing a personal record as contemptible as any that’s been compiled on Capitol Hill, and facing imminent removal from the House committee he currently chairs, Schiff is complaining to a compliant media that he’s the one who’s being victimized.

It’s not going as well as he probably hoped.

Schiff’s comments came during an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Nation” when host Dana Bash asked about plans by California Republican Kevin McCarthy to remove Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee.

McCarthy, who is rounding up support to be speaker of the House when the new Republican majority takes over in January, has pledged to oust Schiff and fellow California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell from the intelligence panel.

He also plans to strip the demonstrably anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota of her seat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Speaking to Bash on Sunday, Schiff played the victim card. He claimed that McCarthy is using him and his fellow Democrats as bait for support from Republicans such as Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona.

“McCarthy’s problem is not with what I have said about Russia,” Schiff said, with his usual disregard for the truth.

“McCarthy’s problem is, he can’t get to 218 without Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar and Matt Gaetz,” the congressman continued. “And so he will do whatever they ask. And, right now, they’re asking for me to be removed from my committees. And he’s willing to do it. He’s willing to do anything they ask.

“And that’s the problem. Kevin McCarthy has no ideology. He has no core set of beliefs. It’s very hard not only to get to 218 that way, it’s even more difficult to keep 218. That’s his problem. So, he will misrepresent my record. He’ll misrepresent Eric Swalwell or Ilhan Omar, whatever he needs to do to get the votes of the QAnon caucus within his conference.”

The “QAnon caucus” is cute, and will probably go over big with Schiff’s lefty base, but the entire quote is as deceptive as Schiff always is.

McCarthy will “misrepresent” Schiff’s record? This is the Adam Schiff who’s spent four years “misrepresenting” – meaning “lying about” – Donald Trump’s record, “misrepresenting” the reality of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion, and just about anything else that would promote his party’s lust for power. And he’s accusing Kevin McCarthy of lying about his record?

Schiff is lying, because he knows that a lefty outfit like CNN won’t seriously question him about anything, much less anything about his own dishonesty or the dishonesty of Democrats like Swalwell, the guy who got way too close to the suspected communist Chinese spy known as Fang Fang, or Omar, the unapologetic anti-Semite who laughed as an “anti-hate” resolution was crafted in the House specifically to deal with her public statements.

Schiff, being as shameless as ever, even tweeted out a version of his quote to Bash after Sunday’s interview.

Schiff has lied too many times and to too many Americans in his loathsome career to be taken at face value by any sentient human. The Twitter response showed it.

No honest person can argue the truth of those tweets – and many more like them. The fact that a proven fraud like Schiff remains chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is an enduring disgrace to the country.

( – Arizona Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is not backing down on her support of the Senate filibuster and it’s not sitting well with Democrats. The well-known Democrat said she supports keeping the filibuster because it “protects the democracy of our nation.”

“As folks in Arizona know, I’ve long been a supporter of the filibuster because it is a tool that protects the democracy of our nation, rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years back and forth between policies,” Sinema said.

“The idea of the filibuster was created by those who came before us in the United States Senate to create comity and to encourage senators to find bipartisanship and work together. And while there are some who don’t believe that bipartisanship is possible, I think that I’m a daily example that bipartisanship is possible, not just this trip today and tomorrow that John and I are doing, but the work that John and I, and I and many other of my colleagues in both parties do on a regular basis,” she continued.

She added: “So to those who say we must make a choice between the filibuster and x, I say this is a false choice. The reality is, is that when you have a system that’s not working effectively, and I would think that most would agree that the Senate is not a particularly well-oiled machine, right, the way to fix that is to change your behavior, not to eliminate the rules or change the rules, but to change your behavior. So I’m going to continue to go to work every day, aggressively seeking bipartisanship in a cheerful and happy warrior way as I always do, and showing that when we work together we can get things done.”

“The filibuster was not created as a tool to accomplish one thing or another. It was created as a tool to bring together members of different parties to find compromise and a coalition,” Sinema said.

“And you think about our Founding Fathers when they created the Senate with two senators from every state regardless of population size, with elections staggered every six years so that only a third of the body is up for election each cycle, it was designed to be a place where you cool the passions of the House. We work together to find a compromise, and importantly, where you protect the rights of the minority from the majority regardless of which party is in the majority at the time,” she added.

The Senate filibuster is a rule that requires 60 members to end debate on most topics and move to a vote.

Sinema’s defiance has angered Democrats.

Last week, Arizona Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego went after Sinema and West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin for teaming up with Republicans on key bills, which stopped and slowed down President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda from crossing the finish line.

Gallego has been especially critical of Sinema’s refusal to end the Senate’s legislative filibuster.

Gallego tweeted earlier this year that Sinema and Manchin “care more about arcane Senate rules than protecting your vote.” And in June, he said that Sinema was empowering Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) by “not neutering the filibuster.”

MSN published a report detailing how Sinema may face a tough re-election in 2024 because of her support for the filibuster, which may result in some Democrats not supporting her on the campaign trail.

“Like Manchin, Sinema has angered many within her party and could face a serious primary challenge. Republicans will also likely view the state as a top pickup opportunity. Sinema has defended keeping the filibuster in place and has leveraged her party’s slim 50-50 Senate majority to notch concessions, including a deal she negotiated with Schumer earlier this summer that eliminated a carried interest loophole from Democrats’ climate and health care spending package,” MSN reported.

“That’s left some senators like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) expressing openness to endorsing primary challengers to Sinema and Manchin. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) has said he’s been approached about challenging the Arizona centrist and has been openly critical of Sinema but has not committed to mounting a bid. Republicans, smarting from losses in the state in 2020 and 2022, are also eyeing the seat closely,” the outlet added.

( – “Drill in America–not Venezuela,” tweeted Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) on Sunday. But the Biden administration isn’t listening.

On Saturday, the Biden Treasury Department announced it would allow Chevron to “resume limited natural resource extraction operations in Venezuela.” The oil will be exported to the United States.

The announcement said the “targeted sanctions relief” is based on “concrete steps” taken by the socialist Maduro regime to “restore democracy in the country.”

The announcement drew snorts from the many critics of President Biden’s refusal to drill domestically.

“Just one more anti-American act by the Biden administration,” former House Speaker Newt Gringrich told “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning.

“You know, Texas doesn’t have a dictatorship problem. North Dakota doesn’t have a dictatorship problem. Western Pennsylvania doesn’t have dictatorship problem. Why is it that the place they select to buy more oil happens to have a dictatorship, and by the way, the idea that he is going to give up the dictatorship because Biden lets him pump oil is just silly.

“But watch them with Iran, watch them with Saudi Arabia. He’s now forgiven the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for the killing of a journalist because he wants the oil. Again and again you see the Biden administration make decisions which hurt Americans.

“They’ve also been going around the world promising to give away billions of dollars to dictatorships in the name of climate change. But These are dictatorships that are corrupt and that we have no reason to believe American taxpayers owe them a penny.

“So there’s a continuing process here of weakening America and finding a way to help dictators.”

Gingrich said the Biden administration appears to want a “weaker and weaker America.”

“You will notice that they have not intervened on behalf of the Iranian demonstrators, for example. And their whole policy on natural gas and oil verges on insane. We could be supplying western Europe with a huge volume of American natural gas, which would bring us money, which would strengthen western Europe, which would weaken Russia. 

“We’re not doing any of that, and the result is that western Europeans this winter are going to face a very severe problem, and I think their relationship with us is going to weaken just because of the pain level.” 

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) told “Fox News Sunday” there’s no reason to deal with dictators when we have plenty of oil in this country:

“You know, the energy crisis that we’re facing right now in America, much of that has been self-imposed by decisions that were made by this administration early on to shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline, further delaying the permitting process here domestically.

“I don’t know why we’re going to communist dictatorship. We’re begging OPEC+ to increase production when we have energy right here in America to get the job done.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted: “Rather than creating jobs and unleashing our energy, Biden is willing to buy dirty oil from the brutal socialist regime in Venezuela. We should be doing everything in our power to make America energy dominant.”

( – Top European officials are furious with Joe Biden’s administration and are accusing America of making a fortune from the war in Ukraine according to a report from Politico. Some of the officials swiping at Biden remained anonymous while others did so publicly.

“The fact is, if you look at it soberly, the country that is most profiting from this war is the U.S. because they are selling more gas and at higher prices, and because they are selling more weapons,” one senior official told politico.

“We are really at a historic juncture,” the official added before complaining about trade disruption from U.S. subsidies and high energy prices. “America needs to realize that public opinion is shifting in many EU countries.”

The EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said, “Americans, our friends, take decisions which have an economic impact on us.”

An NSC spokesperson said:

“The rise in gas prices in Europe is caused by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and Putin’s energy war against Europe, period.

“The increase in global LNG supplies, led by the United States, helped European allies and partners get storage levels to an encouraging place ahead of this winter, and we will continue to work with the EU, its members, and other European countries to ensure sufficient supplies will be available for winter and beyond.”

European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton said: 

“The United States sells us its gas with a multiplier effect of four when it crosses the Atlantic.

“Of course the Americans are our allies, but when something goes wrong it is necessary also between allies to say it.”

Other European officials were furious with Biden over his trade and subsidy policies.

“The Inflation Reduction Act is very worrying,” said Dutch Trade Minister Liesje Schreinemacher. 

“The potential impact on the European economy is very big.”

“The U.S. is following a domestic agenda, which is regrettably protectionist and discriminates against U.S. allies,” said Tonino Picula, the European Parliament’s lead person on the transatlantic relationship.

According to Politico:

It wasn’t until Washington announced a $369 billion industrial subsidy scheme to support green industries under the Inflation Reduction Act that Brussels went into full-blown panic mode.

“The Inflation Reduction Act has changed everything,” one EU diplomat said. “Is Washington still our ally or not?”

For Biden, the legislation is a historic climate achievement.

“While we understand that some trading partners have concerns with how the [electric vehicle] tax credit provisions in the IRA will operate in practice with respect to their producers, we are committed to continuing to work with them to better understand and do what we can to address their concerns,” the NSC spokesperson said. 

“This is not a zero-sum game. The IRA will grow the pie for clean energy investments, not split it.” 

But the EU sees that differently. An official from France’s foreign affairs ministry said the diagnosis is clear: These are “discriminatory subsidies that will distort competition.”

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire this week even accused the U.S. of going down China’s path of economic isolationism, urging Brussels to replicate such an approach. “Europe must not be the last of the Mohicans,” he said.

( – Newly obtained emails from disgraced Dr. Anthony Fauci reveal what he was privately telling his friends while publicly lying to Americans.

While Dr. Fauci repeatedly and publicly mandated that Americans wear masks under CDC guidelines, he secretly told friends that masks were “ineffective.”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt explains, “In Feb ‘20 he emailed a friend advising her masks were ineffective.”

Dr. Fauci again emailed on March 31st about the ineffectiveness of masks.

“On Apr 3 he’s adamant masks should be worn even though he couldn’t cite a single study to prove it,” Schmitt said. “Mandates followed — Lives ruined.”

Tulsi Gabbard said in a tweet, “Fauci is wrong. The “real danger” isn’t unvaccinated ppl – it’s his continued lie claiming vaccines & cloth/paper masks prevent catching & spreading COVID (only tightly-fitted N95/KN95 respirators work) & ongoing taxpayer funding for dangerous ‘Gain of function’ experiments.”

During an interview, Hugh Hewitt directly confronted Dr. Fauci by saying, “I have lost confidence in the CDC and the FDA and I actually believe a lot of Americans, a significant part of America now have lost confidence in you, Dr. Fauci.”

He asked, “Is there a point where you will say, ‘I do more harm than good because people don’t listen to me anymore,’ and step aside?”

“No. Absolutely, unequivocally no, Hugh. Sorry,” Fauci reacted.

To explain his hypocrisy and flip-flops, Fauci said, “When you have an evolving situation and data are rapidly evolving in something that is unprecedented and unknown, you have to evolve with it and look at the data as it exists now and make to the best of your ability a decision, a recommendation, all the kinds of things that go into the evolution.”

“It’s just a fact that Tony Fauci, not the guy I’m talking with but Tony Fauci- the person in people’s minds, is now an impediment to public health because people won’t listen to you,” Hewitt said.

“They actively reject what Tony Fauci says for reasons which are complicated… but can you accept that if that’s just the fact, you ought to respond to it and say ‘Mr. President, I think my time is up as a successful and effective spokesperson?’”

Fauci responded, “You know, with all due respect… I just completely disagree with that premise because there are an awful lot of people who do listen, who do the right thing from a public health standpoint.”

“So because there are a lot of people who have ideas of conspiracies and changing minds and flip-flopping, that’s not a reason to step down. Not at all,” Fauci added.

( – Joe Biden got caught in another big lie about his involvement in rail strike negotiations.

Remember when Joe Biden bragged he negotiated a deal with the rail unions?

In September Biden said the deals were “a win for tens of thousands of rail workers and for their dignity and the dignity of their work.”

Biden’s Labor Secretary Marty Walsh helped negotiate a 24% pay increase over a period of 5 years to union workers.

The Biden Regime also helped negotiate ‘better working conditions’ and ‘caps on what they have to pay out of pocket for healthcare’ – AP reported.

Well those negotiations fell apart on Monday.

A crippling rail strike may happen in the next week.

On Tuesday, Karine Jean Pierre repeatedly insisted Joe Biden is “directly involved” in the rail strike negotiations.

On Thursday, Joe Biden told reporters in Nantucket, “I have not directly engaged” in rail strike negotiations.

( – Last week, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland surprised the nation by announcing that he had appointed a special counsel to oversee two DOJ-led criminal investigations concerning former President Donald Trump, including the Mar-a-Lago classified documents debacle and the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion.

“Based on recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he is a candidate for president in the next election, and the sitting president’s stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,” Garland said in a statement, naming Jack Smith as the special counsel who will oversee the investigations.

While Smith is generally known as an experienced, neutral prosecutor who’s worked several high-profile cases against Democrats and Republicans, the same might not be true for his wife, a filmmaker who seemingly has clear partisan ties.

According to the New York Post, Smith’s wife, Katy Chevigny, has “producer” credits for a 2020 Netflix documentary titled “Becoming.” The subject of the documentary is former first lady Michelle Obama.

Further complicating matters, especially in the court of public opinion, is the revelation that Chevigny donated $2,000 to President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign that same year.

News of Chevigny’s political donation to the Biden campaign and her work on the Michelle Obama film stirred intense debate on social media as to whether it creates a conflict of interest for her husband in his investigation into Trump, as Trump stands a strong chance at becoming Biden’s political opponent in 2024.

Georgia Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde slammed the Justice Department on Monday.

“You just can’t make this stuff up. Katy Chevigny, wife of Jack Smith—the special counsel appointed by DOJ to go after President Trump, donated to Joe Biden’s campaign and produced Michelle Obama’s documentary. America cannot stand with a corrupt, two-tiered justice system,” Clyde tweeted.

Others echoed the same sentiment, including Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk.

“Of course the wife of Jack Smith, the special counsel appointed by Merrick Garland to investigate President Trump, was one of the producers of the Michelle Obama documentary. But don’t worry guys, the DOJ has not been weaponized against conservatives. Everything is fine!” Kirk tweeted Monday.

According to The Washington Post, Smith will begin his investigation remotely from the Netherlands after recovering from a recent bicycle accident.

CNN reported Monday that Smith’s investigation has officially launched after he took his oath of office, presumably remotely, to make it official. Both AG Garland and Smith have insisted that the special counsel addition to the investigations will not slow them down.

So far, there isn’t any evidence to suggest that Smith will recuse himself due to his wife’s political leanings.

( – The Las Vegas Democrat official who murdered an investigative journalist was going to have photos and text messages with his mistress released within hours of the fatal stabbing.

Democrat Clark County official Robert Telles was arrested in September on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German.

Jeff German, 69, was found stabbed to death in front of his home in early September on a Saturday morning.

Telles, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid in June’s primary after Jeff German exposed the hostile work environment in the Democrat official’s office.

Jeff German had also recently filed a public records request on emails and text messages between Telles and others in his office, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

According to the Daily Mail, hours before Jeff German was stabbed to death, Robert Telles was told Clark County was going to release private texts and photos with his mistress.

The Daily Mail reports:

The Las Vegas Democrat who is accused of fatally stabbing a journalist who exposed his martial affair was allegedly told by his mistress that photos revealing their tryst were set to come out hours before the killing.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, 45, was arraigned in late September, officially being charged with the ‘unlawful, heinous, senseless murder of [Las Vegas Review-Journal] reporter Jeff German.’

Hours before German – a journalist who often exposed corruption throughout the region – was killed, Telles was told that Clark County was going to release emails and Microsoft Teams messages to the paper detailing his ‘inappropriate relationship’ with Roberta Lee-Kennett.

German had done stories on the allegations and was working on a follow-up story at the time he was murdered.

Lee-Kennett emailed Telles about what the county attorneys had told her at 7:30 in the morning of September 3, with Telles responding that he would ‘review’ it, according to affidavits.

( – Fox News star Kayleigh McEnany put the Dem Party and their friends in the mainstream media on notice saying it is a ‘big deal’ Elon Musk is willing to release secret internal Twitter discussions about the decision to censor the New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Kayleigh McEnany replied to Musk:

“Big deal – @elonmusk responding to a request to “make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop.”

“I was Press Sec at the time when Twitter also banned my personal account after sharing the story Would love answers!”

Musk said the more he learns about what was going on at Twitter before he took over regarding censorship, especially censorship of conservative voices, ‘the worse it gets’

A Twitter user asked Musk: “Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency.”

Musk said: “This is necessary to restore public trust.” He continued: “The more I learn, the worse it gets. The world should know the truth of what has been happening at Twitter.

“Transparency will earn the trust of the people.

“It is objectively the case that “conservative” political candidates were more negatively affected than “progressive” candidates.

“Anyone using Twitter knows this. Question is simply one of magnitude.