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Secretary Ryan Zinke. Photo: Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to depart the administration by the end of the year, President Trump announced on Saturday after Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs reported.

The backdrop: Zinke has been the target of an Interior Department's inspector general investigation over concerns about his travel and "potential conflicts of interest," which Jacobs says were factors in his decision to step down as Secretary. Axios' Amy Harder reports that the Department will see "less ethical controversy and smoother processes but little, if any, substantive policy shifts" with Zinke gone.

Go deeper: Smoother, but same track expected at Interior following Zinke's departure

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In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.

Biden says $1,400 stimulus payments can start going out this month

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President Biden said Saturday that the Senate passage of his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package means the $1,400 direct payments for most Americans can begin going out later this month.

Driving the news: The Senate voted 50-49 Saturday to approve the sweeping legislation. The House is expected to pass the Senate's version of the bill next week before it heads to Biden's desk for his signature.