#GoodMorningDC. Today, at 9 AM, Republicans will vote to replace Liz Cheney with Elise Stefanik. Jim Jordan predicts a decisive vote
Good Morning DC! It’s Wednesday, and the world has gone astray. With disturbing images of airstrikes in Gaza, a cyber attack on the American pipeline, minor children being dropped along the U.S.-Mexico border, and Russian school shooting, the world at large presents a worrying picture.
The U.N. Middle East envoy issued a warning of “full-scale war” in Gaza, adding that the cost of war is devastating. Gaza’s Health Ministry said that 43 Palestinians died, including 13 children and three women, and 233 people got wounded. 5 Israelis are dead, including three women and a child. Isreal has declared a state emergency and executed heavy airstrikes.
PM Boris Johnson urged both Isreal and Palestinians to step back from the brink and show restraint. “The U.K. is deeply concerned by the growing violence and civilian casualties, and we want to see an urgent de-escalation of tensions.”
President Biden has not said anything yet, and he seems somewhat unprepared to deal with the situation that keeps escalating by the hour.
The promise Biden made when he came into the office was to restore America’s global leadership. America needs a strong leader, and the President will have to rise to the occasion and show that he can deal with the crisis both domestically and internationally.
In response to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a second emergency fuel waiver to alleviate gas shortages.
The second waiver waives the requirements for low volatility conventional gasoline and Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) for the District of Columbia and Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia areas. It also includes Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Specific Counties of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This waiver begins May 11, 2021, and ends May 31, 2021.
Today, at 9 AM, Republicans will vote to replace Liz Cheney with Elise Stefanik.
“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar. I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former President’s crusade to undermine our democracy,” said Liz Cheney last night on an empty House floor.
Jim Jordan went on FOX News last night to talk about the future of the GOP. He predicted a decisive 9 AM vote against Cheney and said that the change has to happen. As Stefanik is poised to take on Cheney’s role, Jordan repeated Trump’s talking points that Elise is an “effective communicator” and can communicate a Republican message, consistently.
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Across the pond, the new government bills are splashing on the front pages of today’s papers. The Times leads with a story on the government’s new law to stop cancel culture and protect free speech at universities.
Trump is picking up on the UK’s Electoral Integrity Bill included in the Queen’s Speech 2021. Who would think that the former President is a political comparativist?
“The Government of the United Kingdom is proposing that anyone who wants to vote in a British election should show photo ID to eliminate any corruption and fraud and “ensure the integrity of elections,” Trump observed.
“This is exactly what we should do in the United States,” Trump declared, adding that “All States should pass Voter ID laws along with many other fair and comprehensive election reforms, like eliminating mass mail-in voting and ballot harvesting.”
The IMF managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, is in London today amid preparations for the G7 summit and the COP26.
For a dash of pop, we have the highlights from the BRIT awards, the first large-scale indoor glitz event since the beginning of the pandemic. Dua Lipa won the on Mastercard album of the year as well as the best female solo artist. Harry Styles won the best single award for Watermelon Sugar. The Brits’ Global Icon award went to Taylor Swift.
And that’s a wrap for this Wednesday morning, May 12, 2021. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to give you the latest first.
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