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Colonial Pipeline restarts pipeline, Jennifer Granholm says
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Colonial Pipeline restarts pipeline, Jennifer Granholm says

The Colonial Pipeline shutdown, which led to fuel shortages and runs on gas stations in the East, has ended. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm took to Twitter to announce that operations have restarted a week after a cyberattack prompted Colonial to take its systems offline — an announcement the company itself quickly confirmed. “We just got off the phone with #ColonialPipeline CEO. They are restarting pipeline operations today at ~5pm,” Ms. Granholm wrote about 10 minutes after the hour. Colonial itself confirmed that it had restarted the pipelines and was working to return things to normal. The Colonial Pipeline was shut down last week by a ransomware attack, which the Biden administration has blamed on Russians. The pipeline provides almost half the fossil fuels consumed in the eastern...
From gas shortage to inflation, Biden’s leadership suddenly under fire
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From gas shortage to inflation, Biden’s leadership suddenly under fire

President Biden’s second 100 days are off to a woeful start, including a gas shortage for much of the East Coast, a surge of inflation, a slowdown in hiring despite a record number of job openings, renewed fighting in the Middle East and an unresolved border crisis. Consumer prices for goods and services rose 0.8% in April, the Labor Department reported Wednesday, the largest monthly jump in more than a decade. The Consumer Price Index rose 4.2% for the past 12 months, the biggest year-over-year increase since 2008. Stocks plummeted on the inflation report, with the three major U.S. markets each losing at least 1.99% of its value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 681 points to close at 33,587. Emerging from an Oval Office meeting with Mr. Biden, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sa...
Joe Biden’s claim of support from five former Fed chairs for tax plan erroneous
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Joe Biden’s claim of support from five former Fed chairs for tax plan erroneous

President Biden was either confused or misleading the public when he claimed that the past five former chairs of the Federal Reserve support his tax hike plan as a way to boost the economy. The president caused a lot of head-scratching when he told reporters last week, “By the way, you saw — you know, the last five leaders of the Fed coming out and saying — what’d they say? They said, ‘Biden’s plan is going to grow the economy.’” What did they say, indeed? For starters, two of the previous five Fed chairmen — Paul Volcker and G. William Miller — have died. Of the others, only Janet Yellen is advocating publicly for the president’s proposed tax increases, and she happens to be Mr. Biden’s Treasury secretary. The White House didn’t respond to a request for clarification. An anonymous White H...
Ted Cruz calls Israeli-Palestinian clash a ‘direct result’ of Joe Biden’s ambiguous stance
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Ted Cruz calls Israeli-Palestinian clash a ‘direct result’ of Joe Biden’s ambiguous stance

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said Wednesday that President Biden bears responsibility for the eruption of hostilities in the Middle East, blaming the Democrat’s “ambiguous” stance on Israel for emboldening Hamas. Mr. Cruz credited former President Trump’s staunch support for Israel for creating “a flowering of peace in the Middle East,” including the historic 2020 Abraham Accords, blaming the turnaround on Mr. Biden for undermining Israel with moves such as seeking to reenter the Iran nuclear deal. “The conflict we are seeing is the direct result of the tragic mistakes of the Biden foreign policy,” Mr. Cruz said. “And when you are ambiguous, when you are agonizing, when you undermine our support for Israel, what happens is it encourages the terrorists who attack and launch the kind of ...
Texas Border Patrol agents spend less than 50% of time patrolling border amid migrant surge
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Texas Border Patrol agents spend less than 50% of time patrolling border amid migrant surge

Border Patrol agents in some of the hardest-hit areas of the migrant surge are being pulled off the front lines and spending most of their time processing and taking care of illegal immigrants, according to law enforcement officials who ticked off the grim statistics of the situation for The Washington Times. The Del Rio sector of Texas says assaults on agents have doubled compared with last year, and high-speed pursuits are up 40%. Arrests of migrants with sex offense records are up more than 2,500% in the sector, a region of the border that was relatively quiet for the past decade but became a major crossing point this year after the Biden administration erased get-tough policies. Del Rio agents have rescued more than 1,000 people but recorded 35 deaths from drowning or exposure to the e...
House GOP boots Liz Cheney from leadership post
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House GOP boots Liz Cheney from leadership post

Rep. Liz Cheney, ousted Wednesday from her position as the No. 3 leader of her party in the House, is the latest anti-Trump Republican to be steamrolled by the former president since he crashed onto the political scene in 2015, but the congresswoman from Wyoming was defiant in defeat. Ms. Cheney made it clear that she would not follow in the footsteps of Republicans who decided that if you can’t beat him, join him. The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney instead doubled down on her criticism of Donald Trump, vowing to wage a public relations war against the 45th president and loosen his grip on the party. “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” she told reporters after her fellow Republicans on a voice vote ...
Gavin Newsom ‘recall rebate’ vows directly payment stimulus checks
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Gavin Newsom ‘recall rebate’ vows directly payment stimulus checks

Voters in California may be cashing state stimulus checks from Gov. Gavin Newsom shortly before they decide his political fate. Mr. Newsom is crisscrossing the state for a weeklong unveiling of his California Comeback Plan, a proposed $100 billion spending spree that includes $600 direct payment for nearly 80% of all workers, fueled by a $76 billion budget surplus and $27 billion in federal pandemic recovery funds. “That is a record investment, and this is all possible because of you,” Mr. Newsom said Tuesday at a press conference in San Diego County. “This is all possible because of 40 million Californians strong, a state that is not coming back, a state that is roaring back.” The massive spend-a-thon, which includes $12 billion for homeless services, $5.2 billion for rent and utility ass...
Relief programs lead to massive fraud, spike in identity theft
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Relief programs lead to massive fraud, spike in identity theft

The level of waste and fraud in unemployment benefits during the pandemic is staggering, even by Washington’s wasteful standards. The federal government has squandered at least $60 billion on fraudulent or improper unemployment payments in the past year, the Labor Department estimates. That amount is roughly equal to the entire annual budget for the Department of Homeland Security and, according to congressional Republicans, about $1 out of every $10 spent on unemployment insurance during the pandemic. Republicans are raising alarm that the Biden administration is largely ignoring the problem. The jobless payments, including an extra $300-per-week federal benefit that Democrats extended through Sept. 6, have been paid to death row inmates in California and fraudsters in Nigeria and Russia....
Liz Cheney lashes out at Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Trump in House floor speech
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Liz Cheney lashes out at Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Trump in House floor speech

Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday delivered a defiant speech on the House floor in which she proclaimed it her duty to defend American democracy against the threat posed by former President Trump. In a blistering denunciation of Mr. Trump and his claims that the 2020 election were stolen from him, Ms. Cheney dug into the anti-Trump stance that she’s held since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — the same stance that likely will cost her the No. 3 leadership post when the House GOP vote Wednesday on her fate. “Today we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president, who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence,” Ms. Cheney sai...
Joe Biden seeks Russia penalty to stop cyberattacks
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Joe Biden seeks Russia penalty to stop cyberattacks

Major cyberattacks with links to Russia have grown bolder even in the face of escalating U.S. economic sanctions, presenting a high-stakes dilemma for President Biden as he weighs how to respond to the devastating assault on the Colonial Pipeline and what tools America may have at its disposal to punch back. Washington over the past decade has leveled more than 140 targeted economic sanctions against Russian individuals and entities for hacking and other cybercrimes. But analysts say the tactic has done hardly anything to deter the Kremlin and Russian-linked gangs operating across Eastern Europe from hacking U.S. companies and government assets. There is no proof that the Kremlin explicitly ordered the attack on the Colonial Pipeline, but Mr. Biden has made clear that the hackers and the d...