New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to the media at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 22, 2015 in Foxborough, Mass.
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Your morning news roundup

Need to catch up on your news this morning? Here are some of today’s top stories:

1. Questions concerning Mullah Omar have resurfaced as Afghanistan officials report that the longtime Taliban leader is dead. Although the government’s claim was backed up by an anonymous Taliban commander, a different Taliban commander said that this is all just government propaganda.

2. Joyce Mitchell, the prison seamstress who aided the escape of inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt, pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday. Additionally, she revealed that she had a sexual relationship with both the men and that she knew that the men were planned to kill her husband after they escaped, according to documents obtained by NBC News.

3.  Tom Brady’s four-game suspension has been upheld, the NFL announced on Tuesday, due to his alleged role in the Deflate-gate scandal. This decision will spark a high-profile legal battle between the football player and the league.

4. In an effort to kick House Speaker John Boehner out of his seat,  Rep. Mark Meadows, a republican from North Carolina, has filed a motion to “vacate the chair,” which is a parliamentary move that can be used to depose Boehner. Meadows accused Boehner of having “endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent,” and of using “the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker.”

5. Walter James Palmer, a Minnesota-based dentist, has recently become the center of an international firestorm after Zimbabwean officials have accused him of killing Cecil, one of the most beloved lions in all of Africa.

In case you missed it:

  • Obamacare has increased access to doctors and reduced the number of people who can’t afford to see a doctor, study says. (Vox)
  • George Washington University will not require applicants to submit standardized test scores to be considered for acceptance. (Mic)
  • Drake tweeted out another diss track, “Back to Back,” targeting Meek Mill, continuing the hip-hop feud. (Pitchfork)
  • On this day in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created. (History)
  • Channing Tatum is no longer going to play the lead role in the X-men franchise movie “Gambit,” which was set to be released in October 2016.  (IMDb)
  • Alexander Wang is leaving Balenciaga, according to reports. (Fashionista)

Your morning news roundup