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6 MILLION BARRELS FOR XI… BIDEN SELLS OFF AMERICA’S EMERGENCY OIL RESERVES TO COMMUNIST CHINA… ‘Pretty Shameful’: Biden Admin Has Sold Nearly 6 Million Barrels Of Strategic Oil Reserves To China

The Biden administration sold nearly six million barrels of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) since July 2021 to a Chinese state-run energy firm, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation review of Department of Energy (DOE) data.

From July 2021 until the end of June 2022, Biden’s energy department auctioned off 5.9 million barrels of strategic reserve oil to Unipec, the trading division of the Chinese state-owned Sinopec, in an effort to increase the supply of oil globally and drive down fuel costs in the U.S. that were exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and Biden’s climate policies. SPR oil is sold to the highest bidder, and some of the businesses entitled to make bids are American subsidiaries of foreign corporations like Unipec.

The DOE sold four million barrels to Unipec in the fall of 2021, almost six months before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, making over $252 million from the sale, according to the FY22 Emergency Drawdown No. 2 Successful Awards Report. Each barrel was sold on average for roughly $63, or over eight dollars less than the average price of oil per barrel that month.

“I think it takes a bad policy and makes it worse,” Ben Lieberman, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

 

BIDEN BEGS SAUDIS FOR OIL, SAUDIS ‘DOWNPLAY’ CHANCES OF HELP… FINANCIAL TIMES: Biden expects Saudi Arabia to take ‘further steps’ to boost oil supply

Speaking after the meeting, Biden said he was doing “all I can” to increase crude supplies and that he expected to succeed. “Saudi shares that urgency and based on our discussions today I expect we’ll see further steps in the coming weeks.” […]

However, a Saudi official restated the kingdom’s position on production after the meeting, saying it would be decided based on demand.

“Oil is not a political weapon, oil is not a tank,” said state minister for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir. “You cannot point it at someone and fire. Oil is a commodity.”

He said the kingdom had increased output at various times this year based on demand, and would continue to reassess. “If you say did we promise more oil it means that we see a shortage in oil,” he added. “If we see a shortage in oil, there will be more oil produced.”

 

FIST BUMP FURY… FOX: Biden to reporter asking if he regrets MBS fist bump: ‘Why don’t you guys talk about something that matters?’ (VIDEO)

 

THE PRINCE AND THE WHOPPER… NY TIMES CASTS DOUBT THAT BIDEN ACTUALLY CONFRONTED MBS… ‘A STORYTELLER WITH A PENCHANT FOR EMBELLISHMENT’ … NYT: Biden Says He Confronted Saudi Prince Over Khashoggi. How True Is That?

After meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, on Friday for the first time since taking office, the president insisted that he had pointedly blamed him for the murder of the columnist Jamal Khashoggi.“He basically said that he was not personally responsible for it,” Mr. Biden recounted to reporters. “I indicated that I thought he was.”

The only hitch? That’s not the way it happened, according to Saudi officials. Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, who was present for the encounter, told reporters that he had not heard the president blame the crown prince. […]

American news photographers traveling in the White House motorcade were given no opportunity to get in place to capture the image of the president greeting the crown prince upon his arrival at a palace here, a picture Mr. Biden’s aides had dreaded. The Saudi government, for its part, made sure its official photographers were everywhere and snapped myriad shots of the two together, which were promptly posted online.

Mr. Biden is by nature a storyteller with a penchant for embellishment. He has often told the story of meeting President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in 2011 as vice president and telling him, “I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.”Others present at the time had no memory of that specific exchange.

Mr. Biden has similarly described an unvarnished confrontation in 1993 with Slobodan Milosevic, the Serbian nationalist leader who unleashed an ethnic war in the Balkans. “I think you’re a damn war criminal and you should be tried as one,” Mr. Biden, then a senator, related having told Mr. Milosevic, according to a 2007 memoir, “Promises to Keep.” Some other people in the room later said they did not recall that line.

 

PELOSIS PLACE BIG BET ON CHIPS AS CONGRESS FUNDS THEM… Nancy Pelosi’s Husband Buys Millions In Chip Stocks Right Before Vote On Massive Chip Subsidy

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul bought up to $5 million in stock of a computer chip company ahead of a vote on a bill next week that would hand billions in subsidies to boost chip manufacturing, a financial disclosure shows.

Paul Pelosi purchased 20,000 shares of Nvidia, one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, on June 17, according to the speaker’s disclosure report released Thursday. Now, senators will convene as early as Tuesday to vote on a bipartisan competition bill, which allocates $52 billion to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing and gives tax credits for production, Reuters reported Thursday.

“It certainly raises the specter that Paul Pelosi could have access to some insider legislative information,” Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for the left-wing think tank Public Citizen, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is the reason why there is a stock trading app that exclusively monitors Paul’s trading activity and then its followers do likewise.”

 

TEXAS LAWMAKERS RELEASE INTERIM REPORT ON UVALDE SHOOTING… COPS WAITED AROUND AS MASSACRE CONTINUED… WSJ: Texas Report Blasts Police Response to Uvalde School Shooting

UVALDE, Texas—A review of the Uvalde school massacre by Texas lawmakers found that widespread failures by hundreds of heavily armed law-enforcement officers resulted in a delayed confrontation with the shooter that may have cost lives.

Although 376 officers from local, state and federal agencies rushed to the May shooting at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary, none took command of the chaotic scene, effectively leaving the inexperienced local school district police department to lead the response, according to the preliminary findings by a committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

Nineteen fourth-graders and two teachers died. The 18-year-old gunman, Salvador Ramos, was eventually confronted and killed by a team of Border Patrol agents—more than an hour after police started to arrive, the report found. […]

Despite hearing gunfire, seeing clouds of debris in the hallway and seeing bullet casings, initial officers on the scene didn’t understand children and teachers had been shot in the classrooms, because they didn’t hear screaming, the report said. Mr. Arredondo, after seeing one vacant classroom, began to consider the situation involved a barricaded suspect, rather than an active shooter.

“I guess, if I knew there was somebody in there, I would have—we probably would have rallied a little more,” he told the committee.

 

DOORS LEFT UNLOCKED TO MAKE ACCESS EASY FOR TEACHERS… FOX: Uvalde shooting report finds ‘culture of noncompliance’ among staff, ‘tacitly condoned’ by administrators

“While the school had adopted security policies to lock exterior doors and internal classroom doors, there was a regrettable culture of noncompliance by school personnel who frequently propped doors open and deliberately circumvented locks,” the report stated. “At a minimum, school administrators and school district police tacitly condoned this behavior as they were aware of these unsafe practices and did not treat them as serious infractions requiring immediate correction.”

The school encouraged teachers and staff to leave doors unlocked or propped open to better assist teachers who forgot their keys, the report found.

“In fact, the school actually suggested circumventing the locks as a solution for the convenience of substitute teachers and others who lacked their own keys,” it said.

 

INSTEAD OF RUSHING IN, UVALDE SCHOOL POLICE CHIEF PLEADED WITH SHOOTER TO STOP KILLING… JOSH CAMPBELL, CNN: This goes against EVERYTHING we who were in law enforcement were trained to do…. [GUN SHOTS] Uvalde school police chief, trying to negotiate with an active shooter: “Sir, if you can hear me, please put your firearm down, sir.” (VIDEO)

 

POLL: PLURALITY OF AMERICANS SAY ‘ARMED CITIZENS’ ARE BEST TO PROTECT FROM MASS SHOOTINGS… (TRAFALGAR)

 

ARMED CIVILIAN STOPS MASS SHOOTING IN INDIANA… ‘A GOOD SAMARITAN’… NYT: 4 Killed in Indiana Mall Shooting, Officials Say

Three people were killed at a mall in Greenwood, Ind., in a shooting that ended when an armed man fatally shot the gunman, city authorities said.

Two additional people were hospitalized in the shooting, which began when a man with a rifle and several magazines of ammunition entered the mall’s food court and started firing, Chief Jim Ison of the Greenwood Police Department said. The authorities did not indicate a motive for the shooting and did not identify the gunman. […]

Chief Ison said at a news conference on Sunday that the local emergency call center began to receive calls about the shooting around 6 p.m. He said the threat ended when an armed passer-by, who had a handgun, stopped the gunman. “It appears that a good Samaritan that was armed observed the shooting in progress and shot the shooter,” he said.

Mr. Ison identified the passer-by only as a 22-year-old man from Bartholomew County, which is about 35 miles south of the mall, adding that he was lawfully carrying a gun. In a statement, Mr. Myers praised the man’s actions.

“Someone we are calling the ‘good Samaritan’ was able to shoot the assailant and stop further bloodshed,” Mr. Myers said. “I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation.

 

ACTIVISTS EXPLOIT BLACK MAN’S DEATH IN MINNESOTA… HE WAS SHOOTING INTO A FAMILY’S APARTMENT…

 

FLASHBACK… THURSDAY… KARE11: Man fatally shot by police after Minneapolis standoff

MINNEAPOLIS — A man was fatally shot by police early Thursday following an overnight standoff at an apartment building in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis police spokesman Officer Garrett Parten said the fatal shots were fired around 4:30 a.m. following six hours of negotiating with the man, who had barricaded himself inside an apartment on the 900 block of 21st Avenue and East Franklin in the Seward neighborhood. […]

The situation began around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, when officers were dispatched to the apartment complex on reports of shots fired inside a building. A mother with two young children called 911 and told dispatchers someone was firing shots through their apartment.

Parten said when officers arrived on scene more shots were heard, and they saw debris exploding from walls of the building. Police moved quickly to evacuate the mother and her two children, and all residents who were in immediate danger. […]

Parten said after six hours of extensive negotiations, an officer shot the suspect. The man was rushed to Hennepin Health Care, but lifesaving attempts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. City officials identified the man as Andrew Tekle Sundberg of Minneapolis.

 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON… GEORGE FLOYD ATTORNEY BEN CRUMP JUMPS INTO CASE… KARE11:

The family of Sundberg has hired prominent civil rights attorneys Ben Crump and Jeff Storms. Crump and Storms have previously worked cases involving police shootings in Minnesota, including representing the families of George Floyd, Daunte Wright and Amir Locke.

In an email from Crump and Storms, Sundberg’s parents Mark and Cindy released the following statement:

First and foremost, we want the world to know that Tekle was deeply loved and that his family and friends are beyond shocked and grieving from these horrific events. Tekle was a son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, and friend. He was smart, loving, funny, and kind. He had many artistic talents, including photography and painting. Tekle was a deep, soulful, critical thinker who drew strength and energy from being outside and gazing across the river. He never missed a good sunset. From the time he fixed a stapler for his preschool teacher, we knew Tekle to be capable of fixing anything – furniture, snowblowers, and his grandfather’s riding lawn mower. He had the strength and courage to challenge bullies and stand up for the most vulnerable, but also had the innate sensitivity to be capable of loving everyone and everything from plants to his beloved cat, Cali.

“Like millions in America and worldwide, Tekle struggled with his mental health. While we have received very little information thus far, by all accounts, it sounds like our Tekle was suffering from a mental health crisis. We send our deepest sympathies to anyone in his building impacted by his crisis, and we thank the community members who have come forward in loving memory of Tekle.”

Crump and Storms released a statement of their own, saying in part that Mark and Cindy Sundberg were “highly restricted in terms of their ability to interact with Tekle and were not allowed to do everything they could to save their son’s life.” The statement continues, “The narrative released by the City of Minneapolis is unclear as to what specifically precipitated the shooting, stating, ‘After approximately 6 hours of attempted negotiations, an officer-involved shooting occurred…’ No information has been provided as to why Tekle, who officers had isolated for hours, suddenly needed to be executed. We call on the Minneapolis Police Department to immediately provide the family with the video evidence and other information necessary to answer this question.”

 

FRIDAY NIGHT… ATTORNEY BEN CRUMP: This is Tekle Sundberg. Minneapolis Police Department killed this smart, loving & artistic 20-year-old after an hours-long standoff while he was experiencing a mental health crisis. We need ANSWERS from MPD as to why Tekle’s mental health crisis became a death sentence! (PHOTO)

 

SATURDAY… SUNDBERG’S ADOPTIVE PARENTS — WHITE PEOPLE — CLAIM COPS SHOT HIM BECAUSE HE’S BLACK… ‘IF THEY’RE NOT WHITE, WE KNOW THE OUTCOME. THEY’RE DEAD. … IT’S ALL ABOUT COLOR.’ (VIDEO)

 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON… ‘MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE’ RALLY TO ‘HONOR’ SUNDBERG… KARE11:

MINNEAPOLIS — People gathered Saturday afternoon to honor Andrew ‘Tekle’ Sundberg while demanding more answers after he was shot and killed by law enforcement on Thursday morning.

More than 100 people, including Sundberg’s parents, gathered outside the apartment complex where Tekle Sundberg was shot.

 

‘HE TRIED TO KILL ME IN FRONT OF MY KIDS!’ … ‘YOU’RE ALIVE, SHUT UP’ … DEEVON RAHMING, KARE11: Things boiled over during Saturday’s rally and march for Tekle Sundberg, when the 24 year old woman who says he was shooting into her apt. showed up voicing her frustration with those gathering in front of her building on Sundberg’s behalf. @kare11 * video contains profanity * (VIDEO)

 

MORE… FOX: Neighbor of Black man in Minneapolis shot by police berates protesters: ‘This is not OK!’

“This is not a George Floyd situation. George Floyd was unarmed. This is not okay,” the mother, identified as Arabella Foss-Yarbrough, was seen on video yelling at a group of protesters on Saturday.

Foss-Yarbrough was the neighbor of Sundberg, and said he shot up her apartment Wednesday evening while she was cooking for her 2- and 4-year-old sons, Fox 9 reported. She said the bullets ripped through her apartment, and nearly left her family dead or injured. […]

Foss-Yarbrough called police during the shooting on Wednesday, who helped the family escape. As police responded to evacuate the building, “officers started taking fire,” according to a search warrant. The incident led to a six-hour standoff between police and Sundberg, which ended when two Minneapolis snipers shot the 20-year-old.

 

HEADSPIN: BOWSER WANTS TO STOP ILLEGALS FROM COMING TO DC… KAREN TOWNSEND: D.C. mayor fears illegal migrants are being “tricked” into bus trips to city from Texas, Arizona

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was a guest on Sunday’s Face the Nation on CBS. During her interview, host Margaret Brennan asked the mayor about the buses of illegal migrants that are arriving in the city from Texas and Arizona. The mayor gave an odd response.

Margaret Brennan asked Mayor Bowser how significant the influx of migrants into D.C. from the two red states was. (Notice that Brennan described them as migrants, not illegal migrants.) Bowser admits it is a significant issue for the city and then she lodged a random and unfounded statement. She said she fears that the illegal migrants are being “tricked” into boarding buses for nationwide trips. Why she went there is not clear but there has been no indication that any illegal migrant is being bused to Washington, D.C. against their will.

Bowser called on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people being tricked into getting on buses because many of them do not have Washington, D.C. as their final destination.

 

AFTER DOBBS, WAPO PREDICTS MORE WOMEN WILL HAVE AND RAISE THEIR OWN CHILDREN… WAPO: Women denied abortion rarely choose adoption. That’s unlikely to change.

Amid the furor that followed the court’s 6-3 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, an important point has been lost: The waiting lists to adopt infants will almost surely remain very long.

“What we’re going to see I think is many more people parenting children that they did not intend to have,” said Gretchen Sisson, a sociologist and researcher on abortion and adoption in the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program at the University of California San Francisco.

For powerful emotional reasons, she said, “adoption has always been the rarest path to take.”

The number of domestic infants relinquished in private adoptions that did not involve a step-parent have dropped roughly two percent a year since 2012 to just 19,658 in 2020, according to the National Council for Adoption, a non-profit, non-partisan organization for adoption professionals and research. That’s a far cry from the peak of roughly 89,000 non-relative adoptions in 1970, three years before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide.

 

SISSON PREDICTS OVER 100,000 LIVES WILL BE SAVED BY ABORTION BANS…

Sisson estimates that the new abortion bans will make an additional 10,000 infants available to adopt annually. That figure represents nine percent of the estimated number of women who will be denied abortion.

 

SOME DOCTORS ARE NOW LETTING MISCARRIAGES THREATEN WOMEN’S LIVES TO MAKE A DEMENTED POLITICAL STATEMENT… AP: Abortion laws spark profound changes in other medical care

Even in medical emergencies, doctors are sometimes declining immediate treatment. In the past week, an Ohio abortion clinic received calls from two women with ectopic pregnancies — when an embryo grows outside the uterus and can’t be saved — who said their doctors wouldn’t treat them. Ectopic pregnancies often become life-threatening emergencies and abortion clinics aren’t set up to treat them.

It’s just one example of “the horrible downstream effects of criminalizing abortion care,″ said Dr. Catherine Romanos, who works at the Dayton clinic.

 

WHITE HOUSE, DEMS, JOURNALISTS EITHER LIE ABOUT MISCARRIAGES OR LET LIES STAND… @AGHAMILTON29: Reporters have to stop this. It’s out of control. They are spreading intentional misinformation that is going to get someone killed.

 

RELATIONSHIP ADVICE: GO TO CHURCH, MARRY YOUNG… NR: Study: Marry Young, Marry Your First, Stay Married

As sociology professor and National Marriage Project director W. Bradford Wilcox explains, however, his latest empirical study along with demographer Lyman Stone supports the traditional view, not that of its critics — at least among religious Americans, who may start off with the advantage of taking marriage more seriously in the first place:

Our analyses indicate that religious men and women who married in their twenties without cohabiting first . . . have the lowest odds of divorce in America today. We suspect one advantage that religious singles in their twenties have over their secular peers is that they are more likely to have access to a pool of men and women who are ready to tie the knot and share their vision of a family-focused life.

 

HERE’S THE UNDERLYING STUDY… IFS: The Surprising Case for Marrying Young

Shared faith is linked to more sexual fidelity, greater commitment and higher relationship quality. One Harvard study found that women who regularly attended church were about 40% less likely to divorce. The family-friendly norms and networks found in America’s churches, mosques and synagogues make religion one of the few pillars of strong and stable marriages in America today