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– Israel’s counter-offensive against Hamas continues. Follow Fox News’ live blog for the latest updates

– American group rushes to help rescue US citizens from Israel…

– Biden re-affirms support for Israel at meeting with Jewish leaders

Republicans have selected a replacement for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy in a secret conference vote, but that may not be enough. Get the latest updates on the speaker race in Fox News’ live blog.

Rep. Steve Scalise, the current majority leader, secured the majority of his party’s support, but there are several lawmakers who say they will not vote for him – raising doubt about whether he can win a House-wide vote to be elected speaker.

However, Rep. Jim Jordan — the other candidate for the speakership — is urging his colleagues to vote for Scalise.

The House gaveled in briefly at 3 p.m. after Scalise won the Republican vote for the nomination, but after a prayer and the pledge of allegiance, Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry immediately called a recess. It’s unclear when the House will reconvene for a vote.

But Rep. Thomas Massie, who is “uncomfortable” with Scalise’s proposed plans for the speakership, suggested this the process for getting a new speaker could be harder than the 15 rounds of voting that eventually elected McCarthy to the role.

“Let’s be clear, January was a coronation. And it was difficult. This is a competition and it’s going to be even more difficult,” Massie told the press on Wednesday.

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