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Colonial Pipeline back online amid gas shortage following cyberattack
The Colonial Pipeline has returned to operations following a cyberattack that snarled gas supply for the eastern U.S. for days, according to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial Pipeline said in a statement. “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period.”

“Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal,” the statement added.

Hackers had demanded millions in ransom money – which the pipeline operator refused to pay, enlisting help from the Department of Energy, as well as federal, state and local authorities instead. Earlier this week, the company had resumed partial operations under manual control, according to a Wednesday statement from Deputy Energy Secretary Dave Turk.

Colonial said safety would be its “primary focus” following the restart. The pipeline operator will conduct a series of safety assessments to comply with federal guidelines. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:
– White House acknowledges gas shortage after energy secretary called it ‘supply crunch’
– Colonial Pipeline sought a cyber-security manager months before hack
– Gas shortages continue as Colonial Pipeline restarts: State-by-state breakdown
– Ransomware gang behind Colonial Pipeline attack, gas shortage motivated by spin and money – not politics
 – Delta CEO talks Colonial Pipeline, travel demand, opening up middle seat
– Colonial Pipeline outage has DOT in overdrive

Biden calls Netanyahu, says Israel ‘has right to defend itself’ against Hamas rockets
President Biden on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm U.S. support for Israel after a night of bloodshed with civilians in Tel Aviv sheltering from Hamas rockets.

“I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu not so long ago. I’ll be putting out a statement very shortly on that,” Biden told reporters at the White House.

“My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later. But Israel has a right to defend itself against thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”

Israel has launched airstrikes against the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to target what it says are caches of rockets stored by the Islamist group close to where civilians live.

Both sides in the conflict have reported civilian casualties. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– AOC criticizes Biden statement of support for Israel as siding with ‘occupation’
– Israel crisis: Why it’s different this time around
– Mayim Bialik speaks out on Israeli-Palestinian conflict: ‘Devastating’
– World leaders urge peace amid ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict
– Liberal figures mocked for blaming Jared Kushner, Abraham Accords after Israeli-Palestinian violence
– Protesters supporting Israel, Palestinians clash in New York

Liz Cheney ousted from role as House GOP Conference chair; replacement still unclear
House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney Wednesday morning in a closed-door vote from the No. 3 spot from leadership — but the Wyoming Republican remained defiant on the way out.

Cheney had remained steadfast in her opposition to former President Donald Trump and his “dangerous lies” about the 2020 election being stolen from him — putting her at odds with other House Republicans who wanted to move on from the Jan. 6 riot and unite the party to win in the 2022 midterms.

Cheney was removed by a voice vote and took a swing at Trump after the Capitol meeting.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney said after her ouster. “We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution, and I think it’s very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody who will be faithful to the Constitution.”

Republicans, however, felt that Cheney’s continued comments against Trump and conflicting statements against leadership were playing in Democrats’ hands and becoming a distraction. She already survived a vote of no confidence in February, but instead of treading lightly after the warning shot, Cheney continued to double-down on her rhetoric, angering her colleagues. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– Liz Cheney removed from leadership for distracting from party’s message for 2022: Schlapp
– Hannity reminds Liz Cheney she’s aligning with media who called her dad a ‘war criminal’

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SOME PARTING WORDS

Greg Gutfeld blasted the Biden administration for turning the clock back to the 70s and mirroring the Carter administration on Wednesday night’s “Gutfeld.”

“But it’s true, we’ve gone back to the 70s,” Gutfeld said. “It was a 10-year span so awful we had to create the 80s and 90s to erase it. Just like the 70s – the crime, the joblessness, the turmoil of an unstable world questioning America’s resilience – and also, no coincidence, Joe Biden’s in D.C. Fact is, we’re learning a harsh lesson here – that progress and stability and disaster is just one liberal away.”

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