Cheney replacement forum, Colonial Pipeline, Pfizer vaccine 5 things to know Thursday

Potential replacements for Rep. Liz Cheney will participate in forum

Following a vote to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her position as GOP Conference chair, Republicans will hold a forum for her potential replacements. The frontrunner is New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has announced a formal effort to take Cheney’s old position. Other candidates must declare their candidacy, as Stefanik has done. Lawmakers exiting the vote said on Wednesday that they plan to hold another meeting on Friday to determine who will take Cheney’s place. House Republicans removed Cheney as House GOP Conference chair after her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump over his alleged incitement of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and her continued outspoken criticism of the former president. 

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Following her ouster from her top leadership post in the House, Rep. Liz Cheney says her job now is to never let former President Donald Trump back in the Oval Office. (May 12)

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Biden administration monitoring Colonial Pipeline as service resumes 

President Joe Biden’s administration is in “very close contact” with Colonial Pipeline after a cyberattack disrupted fuel deliveries and threatened a gas shortage across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The president also signed an executive order Wednesday to modernize the nation’s cyber defense. Colonial Pipeline reopened its pipeline operation Wednesday afternoon after closing it for six days. However, the company said it would take several days before its supply chain could return to normal. One expert told USA TODAY that consumers should expect fuel shortages to go away by Memorial Day. In the meantime, multiple experts have urged Americans not to hoard gas. Still, the practice has persisted. 

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  • ‘Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline’: US Consumer Product Safety Commission weighs in on gas shortage in Southeast

A cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline may lead to a fuel shortage in parts of the Southeast. Find out why gas prices may be on the rise.


Latest round of fighting between Israel, Hamas shows no signs of stopping

Israel on Wednesday pressed ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing as many as 10 senior Hamas military figures and toppling a pair of high-rise towers housing Hamas facilities in airstrikes. Israel’s military said more raids conducted early Thursday were aimed at several “strategically significant” facilities. On the opposite side, Gaza militants continued to bombard Israel with nonstop rocket fire throughout Wednesday and into early Thursday. In just three days, this latest round of fighting between the bitter enemies has already begun to resemble a devastating 50-day war in 2014. Like in that war, neither side appears to have an exit strategy. The Biden administration has dispatched a top State Department diplomat to the Middle East “immediately” to try to de-escalate the deadly conflict.

  • Visual representation: Graphics show rising violence as Israelis use airstrikes against Palestinian rocket attacks
  • Al-Aqsa mosque taken from prayer to violence:Divergent images from one of Islam’s holiest sites
  • Photo gallery: Hamas fires rockets into Israel; deadly airstrikes in Gaza follow clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque

President Joe Biden says that “Israel has a right to defend itself” amid a barrage of rockets fired by Hamas and other Palestinian groups. Biden says he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister amid an outbreak of violence that has killed dozens. (May 12)

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US adolescents aged 12-15 can get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 

Children ages 12 to 15 in states across the country will be able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Thursday after a federal advisory committee signed off on the shots Wednesday. In fact, children in Georgia have already begun getting the vaccine. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended adolescents in the age group should receive other routine vaccinations along with the COVID-19 shot. Out of an abundance of caution, the original recommendation for COVID-19 vaccines had included a two-week window of separation between a COVID-19 shot and any other vaccine so the cause of any side effects would be clear and so that safety data could be collected. The recommendation was also updated for all age groups by the committee, said the CDC’s Dr. Kate Woodworth.  

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Children as young as 12 should get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, a CDC panel recommended.


Jennifer Garner, Jill Biden to visit West Virginia schools, vaccination center

First lady Jill Biden and actress Jennifer Garner are set to visit West Virginia on Thursday, touring the Arnoldsburg Elementary School in Clay County and visiting a COVID-19 vaccination center at Capital High School in Charleston.  Biden also will visit with West Virginia National Guard members and their families. This is not the first time the pair have met. Ahead of the 2020 election in October, Garner, who grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, hosted a virtual conversation with Biden to discuss her priorities for the country and her plans should President Joe Biden, then a candidate, win the election.

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Jill Biden has been by Joe Biden's side through much of his political career. Here are some things you may not know about the first lady.


Contributing: The Associated Press

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