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Trump’s Deputy AG ‘Verbally Resigns’ From Justice Department

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has issued a “verbal resignation” from his position in the Department of Justice, according to reports hitting the internet.

The reports state that Chief of Staff John Kelly accepted the resignation early on Monday. Rosenstein was apparently expecting to be fired.

Sources close to Rosenstein told the national security publication that Rosenstein was “expecting to be fired,” following a New York Times report from last week detailing conversations Rosenstein allegedly had with other Administration officials, in which he suggested recording conversations with President Donald Trump, and proposed “recruiting Cabinet members” to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the President from office.

Trending: American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer

Rosenstein disputed the New York Times’s story, blaming anonymous sources looking to assail his character for the “inaccurate and factually incorrect” allegations. He also denied that there is any reason to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows the Cabinet to replace the President if he is unfit to serve.

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Trump told a radio station Monday morning that he had not yet examined the New York Times report, but that he had not ruled out firing Rosenstein.

“I haven’t gotten all the facts, but certainly it’s being looked at in terms of what took place,” Trump said. “If anything took place and I’ll make a determination sometime later, but I don’t have the facts.”

Monday morning, multiple reports indicated that Rosenstein was headed to the White House, expecting to be terminated, but President Donald Trump is in New York City, preparing to speak to the United Nations General Assembly.

Rosenstein was responsible for overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into allegations the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election. Hilariously, no evidence of this shenanigans has been presented, so the “investigation” — more like a witch hunt — has gone largely unfruitful.

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American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer

Rest in peace, amigo.

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When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s.  From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c  

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Mask Mandates Coming Back to Capitol Hill After CDC Switcheroo

This isn’t likely to go over well with some lawmakers.

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With the “delta” variant now raging in some parts of the country, and breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals continuing to be reported, the CDC has made a stark decision, stating that even vaccinated folks should be wearing a mask when they are indoors or in parts of the country with high COVID transmission rates. This has now prompted the House of Representatives to bring back a previously criticized policy themselves. Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus. The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Monahan didn’t leave much room for interpretation. “For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan said in a letter sent to congressional staffers. The move will almost certainly see pushback from the far right side of the aisle, where the mandating of masks has been a very unpopular policy, and a point of contention in almost every arena in which it has been implemented.

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