Gas stations along Southeast Coast suffer fuel shortage amid pipeline shutdown

Gas stations along the Southeast Coast are beginning to feel the pinch from the shutdown of the biggest oil pipeline in the US due to a crippling cyberattack believed to be orchestrated by a Russia-based criminal group

The closure of the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which carries more than 100 million gallons of fuel from Texas to New Jersey each day, has stretched into its fifth day. The Alpharetta, Georgia-based company suspended all operations after it was hit Friday by a ransomware attack that could prove to be among the most costly in US history. 

Colonial said Monday that it hopes to get most of its operations back online by the weekend, but that’s not soon enough to avoid shortages and price hikes as supply has already started to dwindle.

About 7 percent of gas stations in Virginia were out of fuel by late Monday, according to GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan’s estimates. He added that 2.4 percent of gas stations in North Carolina, and 1.5 percent in both Georgia and Florida are also reporting that they’ve sold out of fuel. 

The shortages spurred North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency on Monday to help ensure the state maintains a sufficient fuel supply.

Gas prices are seen on the sign at a Sunoco gas station.
Drivers could see shortages and price hikes as Colonial Pipeline recovers from a cyberattack.
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Supermarket chain Ingles, which operates gas stations across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, is already seeing shortages and running completely out of gas at some of its locations, CFO Ron Freeman told the Citizen Times.

At an Exxon Mobil station in Asheville, North Carolina, a clerk answered the phone with “Hello, I’m currently out of gas,” according to Bloomberg. The outlet added that another station in Manning, South Carolina had bagged their pumps and marked them “out of service.”

Atlanta-based RaceTrac confirmed to WSBTV-2 that some of its Georgia gas stations are already reporting temporary outages. And WBTW-TV reported lines at stations across South Carolina, from Marion and Mullins to Myrtle Beach, are growing longer as drivers scramble to stock up on gas. 

Concerns about gas shortages and images of panic buying rolled in on social media Monday night. 

Gas stations display the price of gasoline in Leonia, NJ.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency over the potential gas shortages.
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In a meeting on Monday, Colonial’s chief executive Joseph Blount warned state officials that supply shortages could occur throughout the week as the company and the federal government work to get operations back up and running, Bloomberg reported. The outlet added that the White House said it is “monitoring supply shortages in parts of the Southeast.” 

While the company said Monday that it’s manually operating a portion of the pipeline running from North Carolina to Maryland, most of the line is still down. Colonial is working with the federal government to investigate and respond to the hacking. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Sunday that an “all-hands-on-deck” effort is underway to restore operations.

“We are working closely with the company, state and local officials to make sure that they get back up to normal operations as quickly as possible and there aren’t disruptions in supply,” Raimondo said.

On Monday, the FBI confirmed the cyberattack was carried out by a professional gang of hackers known as “DarkSide.”

A sign is seen at Colonial Pipeline Baltimore Delivery.
DarkSide claimed in a statement, “our goal is to make money, and not creating problems for society.”
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DarkSide is known to extort cash from corporations and give a cut to charity, the Associated Press reported Sunday, citing sources familiar with the federal investigation.

In a statement reportedly posted on DarkSide’s website, the group claimed, “Our goal is to make money, and not creating problems for society. From today we introduce moderation and check each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future.”

The statement, provided to CNBC by the Boston-based security company Cybereason on Monday, added: “We are apolitical, we do not participate in geopolitics, do not need to tie us with a defined government and look for our motives.”

President Joe Biden.
The White House said it was monitoring the gas shortages in the Southeast.
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While President Biden stopped short Monday of linking the Kremlin and DarkSide, he said that “there is evidence that the actors’ ransomware is in Russia.”

During a White House briefing, Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technologies, also described Darkside as “a criminal actor” but said that “our intelligence community is looking for any ties to any nation-state actors.”

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BREAKING: School Hit After Palestinian Terrorists Fire 130+ Rockets At Israel In Under 5 Minutes

Palestinian terrorists with Hamas fired more than 130 rockets at Israel within the span of approximately five minutes Tuesday in an attempt to oversaturate the Iron Dome’s ability to intercept rockets and hit a school inside Israel.

Abu Obeida, the spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, said the Islamist group fired 137 rockets at Ashkelon and Ashdod over a five-minute period and warned that it has “many more.”

“Three injured Israelis were hospitalized after rockets hit a school and residential buildings in Ashkelon and Ashdod,” The Washington Post reported. “Military officials said more than 350 rockets had been launched from Gaza since the start of the flare-up, although more than a third of them failed to cross into Israel and exploded, landing inside the enclave itself.”

Initial reports suggested that the school was empty because schools within 25 miles of Gaza had been ordered to stay home because of the rapid escalation of violence.

This is a breaking news story, refresh the page for updates.

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Porsha Williams is engaged to Falynn Guobadia’s ex Simon Guobadia

Porsha Williams said yes.

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star confirmed on Instagram that she’s engaged to Simon Guobadia after posting a photo that sparked rumors of a betrothal.

“Our relationship began a month ago—yes we are crazy in love. I know it’s fast but we are living life each day to its fullest. I choose happiness every morning and every night,” Williams captioned the selfie of her and Guobadia.

“Tuning out all negative energy and only focused on positive wishes. He makes me so happy and to me, that is what matters most.”

Williams stated she had “nothing” to do with her 56-year-old fiancé’s divorce from “RHOA” co-star Falynn Guobadia, as Simon had filed for divorce from Falynn in January—months before he began seeing Porsha.

“Falynn and I are not friends, and Simon’s divorce has been settled,” Williams continued. “Our relationship is a positive, loving step forward in everybody’s lives.”

The former couple’s divorce hasn’t been finalized but they did reach a settlement agreement, People reported.

Falynn announced their split in an Instagram Story on April 22, writing that the decision to go their separate ways was a “mutual decision was not made lightly” and she and Simon “are deeply thankful for the impact we have made in each other’s lives, as well as the bonds formed with each other’s children.”

In her post, Williams added that both her ex Dennis McKinley — whom she split from shortly after giving birth to now 2-year-old daughter Pilar Jhena — and Simon “are committed to being respectful and supportive of my happiness in this situation, as well as being the best co-parents they can be to baby PJ.”

“Two black men stepping up and being amazing people-let’s praise them!!!!” she wrote.

After the 39-year-old Bravolebrity confirmed their engagement, Simon posted a photo of his own to share that he proposed—with a massive emerald-cut diamond engagement ring—and thank their fans.

“You affirm my believe that finding love is possible for everyone who genuinely seeks one,” he wrote. “Getting married again was never a question in my mind, but when. Did not expect to be blessed with a mate so soon.

“What we have is what we wish every single one of you out there – happiness. So when I asked…she said yes. That is ALL that mattered,” Guobadia concluded.

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WALSH: When Will America Stop Persecuting Michelle Obama, Oprah, and LeBron James?

It is good to keep things in perspective. You may believe that your life is difficult, but you should realize that there are people out there who face struggles and obstacles, hardship and persecution, far beyond what you have ever known or will ever experience. You have been through your own trials, perhaps, but at least life hasn’t been as hard on you as it has been on Michelle Obama. 

The former First Lady — who graduated from two Ivy League schools, became First Lady by the age of 45, and is now worth a combined $135 million along with her husband — has always been eager to talk about the many ways in which this country has oppressed her. She returned to that theme in a recent interview with CBS, telling the outlet that police brutality has caused her to “live in fear,” afraid to even walk the dog or go to the grocery store. Obama is also concerned that her daughters will get racially profiled while driving. Apparently she lies awake at night, tossing and turning, panicking that some police officer with a professional death wish will harass the famous daughters of a United States President. These are all very real fears that she has. But, she complains, nobody will “listen” to her.

Yes, why won’t someone listen to Michelle Obama? She is tired of being ignored. She wrote a book that sold 10 million copies in five months, so, clearly, nobody cares what she has to say. It’s just as clear that only black parents have to worry about their kids behind the wheel. White parents have no such concerns. We white parents simply cannot conceive of living a life as difficult as that of a beloved, multi-millionaire celebrity who charges $200,000 to give speeches to groups of white collar professionals. 

If you are not yet convinced that Michelle Obama is a victim, and that her longstanding bitterness towards this country is therefore warranted, I need only remind you of a segment from her podcast a few months ago where she talked about the racism she experienced even while in the White House. The tale she tells is truly harrowing. To summarize: she was in line waiting to buy ice cream once and a white lady accidentally cut in front of her. That’s it. That’s the whole story.

Yes, Michelle Obama, years later, specifically remembers one time when someone cut in front of her in line, and is still going on about it. Who can blame her? Obviously this was racism. There can be no other explanation. It is not as though all humans on the face of this planet have had similar experiences. It is not as though line-cutters are globally reviled precisely because we’ve all encountered this many times. No, this is Michelle Obama’s cross to carry. Just think about this: Michelle Obama was delayed in getting ice cream for upwards of 15 seconds. She could have starved. Her children could have starved. All because they are black. 

Lest you think that Michelle Obama is the only fabulously wealthy, famous, and beloved black celebrity to be persecuted by this country, please consider LeBron James. LeBron — net worth $500 million, millionaire athlete since the age of 18 — has suffered the sort of maltreatment that the average white man cannot comprehend. The NBA star has, like Michelle, often claimed to be too afraid to walk down the street. Despite being surrounded by armed security, and living in a multimillion dollar mansion in a posh Los Angeles suburb, LeBron is worried that some crazed, racist cop will run up and shoot him dead. In terms of overall probability, it would be more rational for him be get worried about getting assassinated via alien death ray. But even so, his fears must be validated.

In fairness, LeBron has experienced hate crimes in the past. Who can forget the time when LeBron claimed that someone spray painted the N-word somewhere on his property in LA? He spoke out against the hate crime courageously, and was applauded by the media. The funny thing is that the cops showed up to investigate and never found any racist graffiti. LeBron says that he had the graffiti painted over before the cops could come to see it. Who could question such a story? The media certainly didn’t, anyway. 

And what about Oprah Winfrey, net worth $2.7 billion? She, especially in recent years, has taken to denouncing white privilege. She has more wealth and power than the average white person could accrue in 10 thousand lifetimes, but the average white person still has something she doesn’t: whiteness. What is whiteness worth? What can you cash it in for? Well, that isn’t explained, but the point is that if you are a white man living in a 900 square foot modular home and feeding your children canned tuna for dinner tonight, you are more privileged than Oprah Winfrey.

This is why Oprah was the perfect person to speak to, and commiserate with, Meghan Markle — Hollywood actress turned royalty turned media mogul. Surely, she has known troubles and tribulations that a white mother waitressing at Denny’s never has or will. Likewise for Sean “P Diddy” Combs who penned an open letter to corporate America a few weeks ago blasting the corporate world for discriminating against people like himself. Combs is worth $900 million and has been a millionaire since his early 20s. But none of that can erase the pain caused by the unspecified corporate villains who have caused him unspecified harm. Who knows, maybe he could be worth $1 billion already if not for the discrimination. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine not being a billionaire? That’s the sort of reality that Sean Combs must face every day.

All of this raises the question: When will America finally become the sort of country where black people can succeed? I mean, succeed more. Succeed, that is, more than being millionaires and billionaires and some of the most powerful and influential humans in the country and the whole world. That is the goal we must strive towards. If you think that goal has already been achieved, consider this: There are today no black trillionaires. Not one.

Still think white privilege is a myth? 

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Palestinian terrorists fire rockets into Israel as violent clashes continue

Terror groups in the Gaza Strip threatened to turn Ashkelon “into hell” on Tuesday as they launched a massive volley of rockets at the southern Israeli city, wounding seven people – as the cross-border attacks have left 24 Palestinians dead, including nine children, according to reports.

The barrage came after a night of nearly incessant rocket fire on Israeli communities and as the Israel Defense Forces conducted strikes on more than 100 targets in the coastal enclave, the Times of Israel reported, citing military sources.

The so-called “Operation Guardian of the Walls” by the IDF continued a day after the major outbreak of violence erupted from Gaza, including rare rocket fire on Jerusalem amid riots in the Old City, the news outlet reported.

At least 23 Palestinians were killed Monday night and early Tuesday in the Strip, including nine minors, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry. Another 107 Palestinians were injured, it added.

Israeli medics wheel a wounded man on a stretcher into an ambulance in a targeted residential neighbourhood in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on May 11, 2021, after rockets were fired by the Hamas movement.
Israeli medics wheel a wounded man on a stretcher into an ambulance in a targeted residential neighborhood in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on May 11, 2021, after rockets were fired by Hamas.
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Israeli military officials said at least 15 of those killed were members of the Hamas terror group who were launching rockets or anti-tank guided missiles at the Jewish state, the Times of Israel reported.

Israeli police inspect a residential complex that was damaged by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in the city of Ashkelon, Israel, May 11, 2021.
Israeli police inspect a residential complex that was damaged by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon, Israel, May 11, 2021.
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Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman, the IDF’s spokesman, told reporters that several of those killed in Gaza — including at least three children — were hit by errant rockets launched by the terrorists, not by Israeli airstrikes.

Israeli soldiers stand next to a Iron Dome aerial defense system set to intercept rockets launched from the Gaza Strip.
Israeli soldiers stand next to a Iron Dome aerial defense system set to intercept rockets launched from the Gaza Strip.
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Zilberman said the IDF was taking steps to avoid civilian casualties, but that they could occur anyway as Hamas deliberately operates within a densely populated area, using residents as human shields.

Smoke billows from a fire caused by incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip, in the Israeli city of Ashkelon on May 9, 2021.
Smoke billows from a fire caused by incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip in the Israeli city of Ashkelon on May 9, 2021.
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He added that the fighting was expected to last at least several more days and that Hamas could expect a particularly punishing next few hours.

“We have an intense day ahead of us,” Zilberman said Tuesday morning, adding, “We have a goal and we will not stop until we’ve reached it.”

Israeli rescue teams help shocked residents in a targeted residential neighbourhood in the southern city of Ashkelon on May 11, 2021 after rockets were fired.
Israeli rescue teams help shocked residents in a targeted residential neighborhood in the southern city of Ashkelon on May 11, 2021, after rockets were fired.
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Asked about the possibility for a ground invasion or targeted killing of top terrorist leaders, he said the IDF “was prepared for anything,” the Israeli paper reported.

The IDF said more than 200 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, dozens of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, which reportedly had a successful interception rate of over 90 percent.

Israel's Iron Dome aerial defence system intercepts a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defence system intercepts a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip.
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Zilberman said that about a third of the projectiles fired from Gaza landed inside the Strip.

In the attack on Ashkelon, seven Israelis were wounded, including four from the same family — parents in their 40s, an 8-year-old and an 11-year old, the Times of Israel said.

The father suffered a serious head wound, and the rest sustained light injuries from shrapnel, the paper reported.

A 63-year-old man also was moderately injured by shrapnel, and a man and a woman in their 80s suffered lights injuries, officials said.

On Tuesday, the IDF also unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza, hitting the home of a Hamas commander and two border tunnels dug by militants.

The action was preceded by hours of clashes Monday between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, including confrontations at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a sacred site to Jews and Muslims alike.

In fighting in the contested city and across the West Bank, more than 700 Palestinians were hurt, including nearly 500 treated at hospitals.

A picture taken early on May 11, 2021 shows the interior of damaged bedroom in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
A picture taken early on May 11, 2021, shows the interior of damaged bedroom in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
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The violence — like previous rounds, including the last intifada, or uprising — was fueled by conflicting claims over Jerusalem.  

Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been acting in a caretaker capacity since an inconclusive parliamentary election in March, warned Monday that fighting could “continue for some time.”

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an IDF spokesman, did not address Gaza Health Ministry reports that nine minors were among 24 Palestinians killed overnight.

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved the call-up of 5,000 reservists and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi ordered the reinforcement of the Gaza Division with infantry and armored brigades, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“The IDF will continue to act resolutely to restore security to the residents of the south, and all commands must prepare for the expansion of the campaign, with no time limit,” the IDF said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the London-based Amnesty International said Israel is using “abusive and wanton force against largely peaceful Palestinian protesters” in East Jerusalem, Agence France-Presse reported.

An Israeli property damage tax inspector works at an apartment that was damaged by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in the city of Ashkelon, Israel, 11 May 2021.
An Israeli property damage tax inspector works at an apartment that was damaged by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon, Israel, on May 11, 2021.
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Israel on Tuesday strongly defended the conduct of its officers, insisting they have responded to violent Palestinian rioters with appropriate measures.

But the human rights group described some of those measures as “disproportionate and unlawful,” accusing security forces of “unprovoked attacks on peaceful demonstrators.”

Israeli authorities inspect the damage to a house hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.
Israeli authorities inspect the damage to a house hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.
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The Israeli police did not respond to specific allegations, but told AFP in an email: “We will not allow disturbance of order while harming the fabric of life, inciting to harm police forces and violence against police officers and civilians.”

On Monday, Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai told Israeli N12 TV that in Jerusalem in recent days “we showed too much restraint,” adding that “we are at the stage of taking off the gloves.”

A man carries a damaged dryer machine from a house hit by a rocket  on May 11, 2021.
A man carries a damaged dryer machine from a house hit by a rocket on May 11, 2021.
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Also on Tuesday, the United Nations rights office said it was “deeply concerned” over the escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, east Jerusalem and Israel.

“We condemn all violence and all incitement to violence and ethnic division and provocations,” spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva.

A damaged house is pictured at a targeted residential neighborhood in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon in Israel.
A damaged house is pictured at a targeted residential neighborhood in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
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“No force should be used against those exercising their rights peacefully,” said the spokesman from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Adele’s estranged dad, Mark Evans, dead at 57 after battle with cancer

Adele’s estranged father, who walked out on his family when the singer was aged just three, has died after a long battle with bowel cancer, it was reported Tuesday.

Mark Evans was 57.

The alcoholic dad claimed over the years to have reconciled with his daughter, just for the 33-year-old “Hello” singer to deny it each time, noted The Sun, which first reported the death.

She made her feeling perfectly clear in 2017 while accepting the record of the year award at the Grammys, having told her manager that “I love you like you’re my dad.”

“I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad,” she told her manager, with the camera catching shocked faces in the audience.

Still, in other interviews, she insisted, “I don’t hate him — he’s my dad,” and sources told the UK paper that she will still be upset at his death.

Mark Evans.
Mark Evans had been battling bowel cancer since 2013.
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Evans had admitted in a 2011 interview to the paper that he had been a “rotten father,” blaming his heavy drinking.

“I was putting away two liters of vodka and seven or eight pints of Stella every day. I drank like that for three years. God only knows how I survived it,” he had told The Sun.

“I was deeply ashamed of what I’d become and I knew the kindest thing I could do for Adele was to make sure she never saw me in that state,” he said.

Adele standing behind a large floral hoop.
Adele has refuted claims made by her father that the pair ever reconciled.
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Adele was raised by mom Penny Adkins in London after her dad left the family.

Evans had revealed his battle with bowel cancer in 2013, saying at the time that he would never meet his grandson, Angelo — Adele’s son with charity entrepreneur Simon Konecki, who she divorced in March. It was not clear if they ever met.

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Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, Blasts Cancel Culture: It’s Ruining The Entertainment Industry

Actor Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, essentially said on Tuesday that cancel culture is ruining the entertainment industry because people are afraid to make things that might ignite the outrage mob.

“The This Is America rapper, 37, opened up about the entertainment industry in a string of posts on Twitter, insisting that people weren’t being experimental because they were scared of ‘being cancelled’,” The Metro reported. “However, his comments have been taken in different ways by followers, with some wondering if his take was calling out cancel culture, or whether he meant creators were nervous of their projects being cancelled altogether.”

“Saw people on here havin[g] a discussion about how tired they were of reviewing boring stuff (tv & film),” Glover wrote on Twitter. “We’re getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes (?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled so they feel like they can only experiment w/ aesthetic. (also because some of em know they’re not that good).”

NME, a London-based entertainment publication, added the following on Glover:

Last month, Glover shared an on-set photo from Atlanta as filming for the show’s third season began. Taking to Instagram, the musician and actor shared a new cast photo of himself alongside co-stars Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfiel, and Zazie Beetz. “‘Day O’ S3 ATL”, Glover captioned the photo, revealing that work had begun on the long-awaited Season 3 of the show.

Early last year, plans were revealed for the award-winning show to air its season three premiere in January 2021, with season four expected to launch later in the year. However, to coronavirus restrictions, these dates were pushed back. The Season 2 finale aired three years ago, in 2018. Last year, Glover said only The Sopranos “can touch” the next two seasons of Atlanta, promising that the forthcoming editions of his show are “going to be some of the best television ever made.”

Glover has recently been sued for alleged copyright infringement by Florida rapper Kidd Wes, with the former’s hit single ‘This Is America’ at the centre of proceedings. According to US federal court documents filed May 6 and published by Digital Music News, Wes claims that Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ is “glaringly similar” to his own track ‘Made In America’.

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Pelosi Producing Oppo Research For Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger To Attack Republican Leaders: GOP Source

A top source close to Republican leadership in the nation’s capital says that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is producing opposition research for Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) to attack House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy over the party’s decision to vote this week on Cheney’s position as Conference Chair, the No. 3 spot in House Republican leadership.

Axios reported late on Monday evening that Pelosi was “feeding oppo research against” McCarthy “so others can use the same harsh rhetoric to frame the Republicans as the party of dysfunction.”

“It’s shameful that Pelosi has nothing better to do with her time than produce oppo for Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger,” a top source close to GOP leadership told The Daily Wire. “And it’s telling that Cheney and Kinzinger are stupid enough to let themselves be used like that. Goodbye and good riddance to both of them.”

The report said that the attacks would ramp up this week as Republicans are set to oust Cheney on Wednesday morning from her leadership position after she refused to quit attacking former President Donald Trump instead of focusing on galvanizing support to unite in opposition to Democrat President Joe Biden.

The report said that House Democrats “must react to Republican efforts to remove” Cheney and that, according to a Democrat House aide, Pelosi is directly responsible for 95% of the messaging.

The report gave the following examples of Pelosi’s office ramping up its “opposition research” attacking McCarthy and other Republican leaders over the drama surrounding Cheney:

  • The subject line from one such email, dated May 4, read: “From the GOP Leadership: Help Wanted  Non-Threatening Female.”
  • The next day her office sent another email, titled: “McCarthy’s Rules: Punishing Truth, Rewarding Lies, Embracing Extremism & Bigotry.”
  • Pelosi has even taken to praising Cheney — one of the most conservative members of Congress — in an effort to undercut Republican leadership.
  • “I do commend Liz Cheney for her courage, for her patriotism,” Pelosi said last week.

Cheney recently wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post where she directly called out McCarthy, which comes after McCarthy backed her over an effort by some to out her from the position earlier this year, with at least one McCarthy ally suggesting that he saved her last time. Cheney’s op-ed came at roughly the same time that it was revealed that Cheney had worked to orchestrate a secret campaign countering rhetoric from then-President Donald Trump. Kinzinger has recently said that McCarthy is the one who “should have their leadership challenged.”

Cheney also helped call attention to a now-disputed report from The New York Times last summer that claimed that Russian had placed bounties on U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

National Review reported:

The credibility of last summer’s bombshell report alleging the Russian government was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan took another hit this week when a senior Biden administration official told reporters they only have “low-to-moderate confidence” in the intelligence behind the story.

The intelligence was based on notoriously unreliable “detainee reporting,” the official said on the call, meaning that it came from militants looking to get out of jail.

“Democrats say they like Liz Cheney for being a truth-teller,” International security professor Max Abrahms wrote on Twitter. “But she has been a major source of misinformation on issues such as the discredited Russian bounty story. No, Cheney has been embraced by the mainstream simply for being anti-Trump.”

Some have tried to claim that Republicans looking to oust Cheney from her leadership were engaging in “cancel culture,” something largely opposed on the political Right, and were thus being hypocrites by trying to force Cheney out of her leadership position.

However, Cheney recently tried to oust a fellow Republican House member from his seat in Congress, not just a leadership position, and many were silent about the matter.

“When Liz Cheney spent $ trying to throw Thomas Massie out of Congress — not remove him from leadership — I don’t recall anyone in the media condemning her for ideological litmus tests, purity, etc,” writer Zaid Jilani tweeted. “Cheney was in an unusual position of being in leadership while trying to unseat a member of her party, which is much more extreme than shuffling leadership which happens all the time. I don’t remember anyone busting out their violin for Massie.”

McCarthy wrote a letter to Republican House members on Monday, saying that the party “need[ed]” a new leader to fill Cheney’s spot because she was focused on “relitigating the past” instead of focusing on helping the party take back the House.

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IT BEGINS: Israel Calls Up Thousands Of Troops, Positions Heavy Machinery For Ground Offensive

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has called up thousands of soldiers amid the massive recent string of Palestinian terrorist attacks from Hamas and has started to move heavy machinery in place for a ground offensive in response to the more than 300 rockets that were fired at Israel from Gaza.

“Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved the call up of 5,000 reservists on Tuesday as the IDF prepared for a large-scale offensive in the Gaza Strip as rocket attacks against southern Israel continued,” The Jerusalem Post reported. “The IDF struck over 130 targets throughout Gaza overnight Monday as southern Israel was bombarded by over 250 rockets since Monday afternoon, injuring at least 31 Israeli civilians.”

Anna Ahronheim, Military & Defense Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, tweeted out a photograph of Israel moving a Merkava 4 tank to the front lines, writing: “The buildup of troops and machinery is clear in the south. Talking to troops and the feeling is that the IDF has to hit Gaza hard.”

In a subsequent tweet, Ahronheim said that Israeli soldiers that she spoke to said they did not want to have to enter Gaza, but if they were called to do so they would. The IDF told the publication that it would “act resolutely to restore security” and that “all commands must prepare for the expansion of the campaign, with no time limit.”

Israel’s Iron Dome successfully shot down more than 90% of the rockets fired into Israel from terrorists, but some did manage to evade the defense system and struck civilian targets, wounding a few dozen based on initial reports. IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said that about a third of the rockets fired from inside Gaza ended up landing inside Gaza.

The IDF released the following statement about their military operations against the terrorists:

Overnight, in response to continuous rocket fire from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory, the IDF struck over 130 terror targets belonging to terror organizations in the Gaza Strip. In the first and second stages of the strikes, IDF fighter jets, attack helicopters and aircraft struck weapons manufacturing sites belonging to the Hamas terror organization. In the third stage, targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization and the Islamic Jihad were struck, including: weapons manufacturing sites and military facilities belonging to the Hamas terror organization and the Islamic Jihad. A Hamas battalion commander was also targeted.

In addition, as part of the strikes over the past day, the IDF struck a military intelligence building belonging to the Hamas terror organization, along with approximately 15 operatives of the organization. Likewise, IDF tanks and aircraft struck additional terror targets, among them: two offensive terror tunnels adjacent to the security fence. The Hamas terror organization deliberately places military targets in the heart of densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip. The IDF takes precautions to avoid harming civilians as much as possible during its operational activities.

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ISRAEL STRIKES BACK: Military Strikes 130+ Palestinian Terrorist Targets In Response To Rocket Attacks

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) punched back hard on Monday night and into Tuesday morning in response to Palestinian terrorists firing hundreds of rockets inside Israel.

“According to the Israel Defense Forces, over 200 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, dozens of which were intercepted by Iron Dome missile defense batteries,” The Times Of Israel reported. “The military said the Iron Dome had a successful interception rate of over 90 percent of projectiles heading toward populated areas.”

However, the Iron Dome did not intercept all rockets as several hit civilian targets in Israel, injuring dozens, with some early estimates putting the number as high as 31. IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said that about a third of the rockets fired from inside Gaza ended up landing inside Gaza.

The IDF released the following statement about their military operations against the terrorists:

Overnight, in response to continuous rocket fire from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory, the IDF struck over 130 terror targets belonging to terror organizations in the Gaza Strip. In the first and second stages of the strikes, IDF fighter jets, attack helicopters and aircraft struck weapons manufacturing sites belonging to the Hamas terror organization. In the third stage, targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization and the Islamic Jihad were struck, including: weapons manufacturing sites and military facilities belonging to the Hamas terror organization and the Islamic Jihad. A Hamas battalion commander was also targeted.

In addition, as part of the strikes over the past day, the IDF struck a military intelligence building belonging to the Hamas terror organization, along with approximately 15 operatives of the organization. Likewise, IDF tanks and aircraft struck additional terror targets, among them: two offensive terror tunnels adjacent to the security fence. The Hamas terror organization deliberately places military targets in the heart of densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip. The IDF takes precautions to avoid harming civilians as much as possible during its operational activities.

Here is video of some of the IDF’s strikes against terrorist targets:

Local governments within 25 miles of the Gaza Strip were ordered to close schools and ban large public gatherings and numerous cities opened public bomb shelters.

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it, and will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians,” the IDF added. “At this time, approximately 200 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory, dozens of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System.”

“The terrorist organizations in Gaza crossed a red line and attacked us with missiles at the entrances to Jerusalem. Israel will respond with great force,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned. “We did not want to escalate, but those who chose to escalate will be hit forcefully.”

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