Seat pulled out from under Cheney

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Kids as young as 12 can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Liz Cheney was stripped of her leadership post by House Republicans. And if you thought the price of gas seemed high – if you can find it – you'd be right.

👋 It's Laura. It's Wednesday. Do you know where your 12- to 15-year-olds are? Round ’em up, because it's vaccine time!

But first, I'm fairly sure this thing fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down before washing up on this beach in California. It's a Pacific Football Fish. It lives in the deepest depths of the ocean. And some of them glow in the dark! It sure is ugly, though.

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Liz Cheney ousted as GOP conference chair

The vote was cast by secret ballot, behind closed doors. When it was over, Rep. Liz Cheney was stripped of her leadership post by House Republicans who said her public sparring with former President Donald Trump became a distraction to the party hoping to regain the House in 2022. As chair of the House Republican Conference, the three-term Wyoming congresswoman had been the third-most-powerful Republican member of the chamber. Cheney is a staunch conservative from a red state and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, but her willingness to push back against what she called Trump's "Big Lie" about voter fraud in the 2020 election led to a break with other Republicans. Her ouster leaves a vacancy GOP officials expect to fill in the coming weeks.

House Republicans pushed Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from her leadership post after a long-running feud between her and former President Donald Trump.
House Republicans pushed Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from her leadership post after a long-running feud between her and former President Donald Trump.

US dispatches envoy to the Middle East

Amid warnings of "full-scale war," the Biden administration dispatched a top State Department diplomat to the Middle East "immediately" to try to de-escalate the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas. President Joe Biden faces pressure to help stem the violence and international alarm over the death toll. The United Nations' special coordinator for the Middle East warned on Wednesday that the situation "is escalating toward full-scale war." The fighting has killed at least 53 Palestinians and seven Israelis, and Hamas and Israel continued their lethal exchange of rocket fire and airstrikes Wednesday. Fourteen Palestinian children and one Israeli child were among the dead. It's the most severe outbreak of violence since 2014.

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on May 10.
Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on May 10.

What everyone's talking about

🎶 Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine for teens

Please sing the headline above to the tune of "Jolene" by Dolly Parton, thank you. So anyway, a CDC advisory committee approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15 and suggested teens get their other routine vaccinations along with it. The panel met Wednesday to discuss the safety, immune response and effectiveness of the vaccine in this age group after the FDA signed off Monday on the shots. So many children have fallen behind on their vaccinations during the pandemic that allowing them to get all the shots they need at once will be helpful, said L.J. Tan, chief strategy officer with the Immunization Action Coalition.

Nouf Albarakati, left, comforts her son Manaf Albarakati, 14, before he receives a COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Alicia Jimenez at a vaccination clinic in King of Prussia, Pa.
Nouf Albarakati, left, comforts her son Manaf Albarakati, 14, before he receives a COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Alicia Jimenez at a vaccination clinic in King of Prussia, Pa.

Colonial Pipeline cranking back up

It'll take a few days, but the fuel situation on the East Coast should be getting back to normal soon. Colonial Pipeline said Wednesday "it initiated the restart" of operations after having to shut off a crucial regional pipeline after a cyberattack last week. In the midst of the shutdown, gas prices jumped just above $3 a gallon and many gas stations in the Southeast were out of fuel as panicking motorists rushed to fill up. The pipeline was set to resume operations around 5 p.m. ET, but the company said "it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal." Colonial Pipeline Co. shut off the conduit Saturday following a ransomware attack.

Short List reader Patrick Hubbard wrote to us from Lynchburg, Virginia, to tell us about people lining up at the pump – and gas stations were running out. “I ended up getting gas at a grocery store and the pump had a sign that said regular only,” he said.

In Allentown, Pennsylvania, Catherine Freund sent us a text to let us know she saw long lines at the gas pumps at Costco on Tuesday, when waits lasted “about 10 to 15 minutes versus the usual five minutes or so.”

A woman fills gas cans at a Speedway gas station on May 12 in Benson, N.C. Most stations in the area along I-95 are without fuel after the Colonial Pipeline hack.
A woman fills gas cans at a Speedway gas station on May 12 in Benson, N.C. Most stations in the area along I-95 are without fuel after the Colonial Pipeline hack.

Real quick

Ellen announces end of talk show

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" will soon no longer dance across TV screens. Ellen DeGeneres said Wednesday she plans to end her long-running talk show after 19 seasons next May. The move doesn't come as a huge surprise, considering the age and cost of the series. DeGeneres' contract expires next May, and she has spoken publicly about ending the show. The ratings for the show tumbled 43% this season, averaging 1.4 million viewers, from 2.5 million at this point last season.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" may be near the end of its long run.
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" may be near the end of its long run.

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