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Jordan Candler / May 13, 2021

Thursday Executive News Summary

Colonial Pipeline back online, border wall construction resumes, Israel masses troops, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Colonial Pipeline back online amid gas shortage following cyberattack (Fox Business) | Meanwhile, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer orders Canadian pipeline to shut down (Daily Wire)

  • No rest for the weary: Cracked Memphis bridge remains indefinitely closed, disrupting supply chain (NPR)

  • Biden administration to finish 13-mile section of Trump’s border wall in Texas (Washington Examiner) | Texas immigration agents spend less than 50% of time patrolling border amid surge (Washington Times)

Government & Politics

  • Biden and congressional leaders didn’t get anywhere on infrastructure during big White House meeting (CNBC) | Republican leaders’ bottom line: No tax hikes to pay for infrastructure (CNSNews.com)

  • Facebook “fact-checks” scientific piece arguing COVID-19 originated in Chinese lab (Free Beacon)

  • Federal taxes, spending, and deficit all set records through April (CNSNews.com)

  • 124 retired generals and admirals say U.S. in “deep peril” under Biden (Blaze Media)

National Security

  • In wake of pipeline hack, Biden signs executive order on cybersecurity (NPR)

  • Russian spy unit suspected of directed-energy attacks on U.S. personnel (Politico)

  • China increases spending 500% to influence America (Axios)

Other Notables

  • Ohio bets taxpayer-funded lottery will convince people to get shots (AP)

  • President of the University of Colorado stepping down after informally referring to “Trail of Tears” (Blaze Media)

  • Israeli troops mass along Gaza border, officially preparing major escalation (Fox News) | Turkey’s Erdogan tells Putin that Israel needs “deterrent lesson” (Fox News)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • Officials warn people not to fill plastic bags with gasoline amid panic over gas shortage (CBS News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Blame government regulation, not financial speculation, for skyrocketing housing prices (City Journal)

  • Policy: Break up urban school districts (Education Next)

  • Satire: White House reminds nation that permission slips to eat a hot dog on the 4th of July are due by Friday (Babylon Bee)

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