Welcome to the Morning Scoop for July 26, 2018. We’ve got news on a Washington impeachment (no, not that one) and an agreement on tariffs. But TBH, we’re thinking about August 18th.
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Republicans Move To Impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
As lawmakers prepare for the five-week summer break that begins tomorrow, 11 House Republicans have launched an effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man in charge of overseeing Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
In a statement, Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) — joined by nine co-sponsors — said the impeachment articles they filed are in response to “the Department of Justice’s problematic decision-making during the 2016 campaign and conduct surrounding the transition to President Trump’s administration in 2017.”
House leaders did not sign off on the move, meaning it is unlikely to come up for a vote before the break, but the filing is another signal of increasing Republican impatience with the probe, which began when Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Mueller in May of 2017.
US and European Union Agree to Work Towards Zero Tariffs
President Trump announced Wednesday that he and European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to work together towards diminishing tariffs and trade barriers, reducing some tension in the midst of a potential trade war.
CNN reports, “It was essentially a deal to make a deal, announced in celebratory fashion during an previously unannounced appearance in the White House Rose Garden.”
Talks ended on a cheery note of partnership after several months of the US and EU taking turns placing new tariffs on products.
Trump’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Destroyed
President Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed by someone with a pick-axe late Tuesday night, the latest in a string of vandalism incidents to the star.
Yesterday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reported that a man walked up to Beverly Hills police headquarters and said he committed the vandalism and wanted to turn himself in. See pictures of the attack job here.
Today in a Tweet
Mark just turning his text messages off for the day…
Last But Not Least: Online Ivy League Masters Degree Available for the First Time
Online education platform Coursera is offering their first Ivy League degree, a masters from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, in computer and information technology.
Coursera announced the offering yesterday, at a total cost of $26,300, which is roughly half the price of most U Penn masters degrees. Degrees vary by discipline at U Penn. Get more details in our full report.
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Italy bridge: Genoa Motorway Collapse, Reportedly 22 Fatalities
Officials have confirmed that at least 22 people have died and another eight are injured.