Vice President Mike Pence swore in Robert Wilkie as secretary of Veterans Affairs on Monday. Wilkie served as acting secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs after former secretary David Shulkin resigned in March and Trump’s previous nominee, his physician Ronny Jackson, withdrew himself from consideration. Before Trump nominated Wilkie for the position at Veterans Affairs he worked for the Department of Defense as under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness. “Since day one my administration has been focused on serving the men and women who make freedom possible, our great veterans, these heroes deserve on the best and they will have it under Robert Wilkie – I have no doubt about it,” President Donald Trump said during the ceremony.
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Carolina Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell went down in pain on Monday morning, and a source later stated that Cockrell suffered a broken leg as a result of a red zone collision with wide receiver Torrey Smith. According to a report, witnesses to Cockrell’s injury reported hearing an audible ‘crack’ of a bone. Cockrell’s injury was confirmed by Bill Voth of the Panthers, stating that he suffered a broken left tibia and fibula. Cockrell will undergo surgery, and will eventually be placed on Injured Reserve. This is the Panthers second player lost to injury in the past three days. On Saturday, All-Pro right tackle Daryl Wlliams dislocated his kneecap and tore his MCL, which will leave him indisposed for some time if not all season.
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The Astros picked up right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday in exchange for a package that includes former Houston closer Ken Giles. Minor league pitchers Hector Perez, 22, and David Paulino, 24, are also headed to Toronto in the deal. Paulino had been Houston’s No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com, prior to his 80-game suspension last season for a PED violation. Perez is the Astros’ No. 10 prospect. Osuna hasn’t pitched since May 6, and has been serving a 75-game suspension for violation of Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He was arrested May 8 and charged with assault. His next court appearance is Wednesday, and he is eligible to be activated Sunday. Meanwhile Giles, 27, is 0-2 with 12 saves and a 4.99 ERA in 30⅔ innings this season for the Astros.
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On May 11, 2018, Carrie celebrated her 10th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry by treating fans in attendance to a rendition of her new single, “Cry Pretty,” which is currently No. 12 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after 15 weeks. “Ten years have flown by,” said Carrie. “I knew from the moment God blessed me and let me sing country music that I wanted to be a part of this place. Thank you for being here.” Three years into her country music career, Randy Travis surprised Carrie with a Grand Ole Opry invitation at a performance in March 2008 and less than two months later, Garth Brooks inducted her into the esteemed organization. You can watch Underwood’s performance of “Cry Pretty” at the Grand Ole Opry in the linked article below.
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Jake Owen scored the seventh No. 1 single of his career as “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” reached the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart this week. Jake’s new single is rooted in John Mellencamp’s iconic 1982 hit, “Jack & Diane.” In fact, Mellencamp received a songwriting credit on Jake’s “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” along with songwriters Tommy Cecil, David Ray, Jody Stevens and Craig Wiseman. The tune is Jake’s first No. 1 single since 2016’s “American Country Love Song.”
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Drake is holding down the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week in a row with his single, “In My Feelings.” “In My Feelings” has now helped Drake pass Rihanna for the most weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this decade. The rapper has now clocked in a total of 42 career weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 which has helped him break his tie with Rihanna for the most amount of weeks at the top of the chart this decade. Additionally, Drake beats out Usher for most weeks for the most weeks at number one for a solo male artist in any decade. “In My Feelings” could be one of the biggest singles in his career if it keeps going at the same pace. By the time the song charted atop the Billboard Hot 100 on its second week, it broke the all-time single week U.S. streaming record. Much of the song’s success is due to the viral #DoTheShiggy dance.
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After announcing his KOD Tour in May, J. Cole has now added special guests Jaden Smith, Earthgang and his alter-ego “Kill Edward” to the bill. The additions will join Cole and his opening act, Young Thug, starting Aug. 9 in Miami and throughout the three-month trek. This will mark the first time viewers will witness Cole’s Kill Edward alter-ego live and onstage. Kill Edward served as the lone “feature” on Cole’s KOD album, popping up on “The Cut Off” and “Friends.” Tickets for the KOD Tour are on sale now at Dreamville.com and LiveNation.com. Check out the new dates below.
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President Donald Trump said Monday he would be willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying, “If they want to meet, we’ll meet.” Trump’s remarks represented a marked softening in rhetoric from a week ago, when he lashed out at Rouhani in a tweet, saying “Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.” But when asked at a White House news conference whether he was willing to meet with President Rouhani, Trump said: “I’d meet with anybody. I believe in meetings,” especially in cases where war is at stake. Trump added that he had “no preconditions” for a meeting with the Iranians.
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The stars of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise released an open letter Monday in support of ousted writer-director James Gunn. The letter, signed by Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Pom Klementieff, was posted on social media. Walt Disney Studios fired Gunn on July 20 for offensive tweets he posted about pedophilia and rape between 2008 and 2012. The Guardians of the Galaxy cast members did not defend Gunn’s offensive tweets, but noted the political climate in the country. In the open letter, the cast referenced a Change.org petition asking for Gunn to be reinstated. So far, that petition has attracted more than 342,000 signatures.
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In a surprising move, CBS’ board of directors is keeping Leslie Moonves in place as chairman-CEO; this even after they said they will launch a probe of sexual assault allegations leveled against him by six women in a New Yorker expose. A board meeting that ran about three hours was held by teleconference Monday, three days after the report by journalist Ronan Farrow detailing accusations of sexual misconduct by six women, some stretching back to the 1980s. A statement from CBS on the meeting said the board was “in the process of selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation. No other action was taken on this matter at today’s board meeting.” The board considered a range of topics during the meeting, according to a person familiar with the matter, but Moonves’ status was not put to a vote, and the CEO was said to have participated in various parts of the proceedings. The board also decided to postpone for the second time CBS’ annual shareholders meeting, which had been set for Aug. 10 in Pasadena.
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