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Watch: Obama Told Dem Candidate It’s Always ‘Party BEFORE Country’

I think she’s dead serious.

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Was this an error or is Michigan Democrat Congressional candidate Elissa Slotkin being serious?

She said Barack Obama told her that party always comes before country.

Check out the video of Slotkin introducing Obama. You be the judge.

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Wrapping herself in the former president, Slotkin said, “I served two presidents, Republican and Democrat, and I was there the day Barack Obama came into the White House.

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“And he kept me on because he knows what we all know: that it must be party before country. Always.

“Always,” she repeated for effect.

WATCH:

Slotkin was later corrected by a woman in the crowd, reminding her that country comes before party.

Slotkin: “Oh, I’m sorry. I was like, I was like, this is a really tough room.

More on Slotkin, Detroit Free Press:

The race in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District has gotten heated, with both U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and his Democratic challenger, former Pentagon official Elissa Slotkin, firing off charges against the other over all kinds of questions.

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For months, Bishop and his campaign have been trying to characterize Slotkin, who moved back to Michigan in 2017, as an outsider with no connection to the 8th District, which stretches from East Lansing through Ingham and Livingston counties through northern Oakland County, noting that for more than a decade she lived outside Michigan, mostly in Washington, D.C.

She did this while working for the CIA, for whom she did three tours in Iraq; at the White House, for both President George W. Bush and Barack Obama; and at the Pentagon, where she rose to acting assistant secretary of defense, leaving at the end of Obama’s term in 2017. There is no question that she did not live in Michigan during this period; there is also no question that she could not have held those defense and intelligence positions and have done so. As far as state and federal law is concerned, there is also no current question we are aware of about the legitimacy of her candidacy,since she is over 25 years of age, a citizen of the U.S. and is a resident of Michigan.

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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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