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A Mississippi state rep was arrested Saturday after he allegedly punched his wife in the face when she didn’t undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex, according to a report.

Republican Rep. Douglas McLeod, of Lucedale was taken into custody after the alleged incident, which took place at his home around 9 p.m., the Sun Herald reported, citing a police report.

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When George County sheriff’s deputies responded to the home for a report of domestic assault, the report said McLeod opened the door with a glass of alcohol in his hand and said, “Are you kidding me?”

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The 58-year-old went back inside, yelling that “the cops are here,” before going back to the front door, the report said. Investigators said he “had slurred speech and walked slow in a zigzag pattern,” and at one point had to grab a handrail to balance himself.

According to the report, deputies saw two women at the top of the stairs, both looking frightened. McLeod’s wife eventually went outside after deputies assured her they would keep her away from her husband.

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The lawmaker’s wife reportedly said McLeod was drunk and “just snapped” — something she claimed he often does when intoxicated.

McLeod had allegedly punched his wife and bloodied her nose. Blood was found on the McLeods’ bed and floor, according to the report.

His wife ran to a woman in another room, where they locked themselves inside. The unidentified other woman alleged McLeod began to bang on the door, telling the women to open it. He allegedly said that if the other woman didn’t open the door, he’d “kill her (expletive) dog.”

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Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn said Tuesday that if the allegations are true, McLeod should resign from office.

“I have attempted to contact Rep. McLeod to request his resignation, if in fact, these allegations are true,” Gunn said in a statement. “These actions are unacceptable for anyone.”

McLeod, who has represented George and Stone counties since 2012, did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

He is unopposed for reelection this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Tuesday said impeachment proceedings should begin against President Trump because of the administration’s refusal to comply with “any subpoena.”

Speaking at a CNN town hall, the 2020 contender from El Paso, Texas, said while it’s “not something that I take lightly,” he believes there are no other options than to start the impeachment process.

“It’s an incredibly serious, sober decision that we should make as a country. Really the last resort when every other option has failed us,” O’Rourke, a Democrat, said. He added that it’s because Trump won’t respond to subpoenas and overall because he won’t allow witnesses to testify to Congress “so we can find out what happened to this great democracy in 2016.”

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“A president invited the involvement of a foreign power in this democracy in 2016, and then did everything in his power to obstruct the investigation into what has happened,” the former congressman said.

O’Rourke said that fear of what impeachment could mean for the country following the 2020 election shouldn’t matter. Because if that happens, “then we will have set a precedent for this country that, in fact, some people, because of the position of power and public trust that they hold, are above the law.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has pushed back on impeaching Trump. O’Rourke said he understands her viewpoint and “the political implications” of such proceedings, and said the U.S. needs to think about the future of the country.

“The only way that we’re gonna get the documents and the facts and the truth” is through impeachment proceedings,” he said. “It’s the only way we’re gonna get to the facts necessary to have accountability and justice.”

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Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with House lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss his tenure in the Trump administration, according to reports.

The former ExxonMobil chief spent seven hours with legislators and staffers from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Washington Post reported.

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A Tillerson spokesperson told the news outlet that the meeting “covered a wide array of topics related to foreign affairs, the operations of the nation’s foreign policymaking apparatus and his tenure as Secretary of State.”

The White House reportedly knew of the meeting, which was requested by Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., but did not attempt to stop it.

Tillerson, 67, a native of Texas, served as President Trump’s first secretary of state from February 2017 until the president ousted him, via Twitter, in March 2018.

Both Tillerson and Trump had a strained relationship. Tillerson said during a fundraiser the two did not share a “common value system” and were “obviously starkly different in our styles.”

“When the president would say, ‘Here’s what I want to do, and here’s how I want to do it,’ and I’d have to say to him, ‘Well, Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law, it violates the treaty, you know. He got really frustrated,” Tillerson said. “I think he grew tired of me being the guy every day who told him he can’t do that and let’s talk about what he can do.”

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Tillerson said he told Trump he would be willing to “fight the fight” to change laws in Congress so the president could press forward with his agenda.

Trump, in return, called Tillerson “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell,” and tweeted that he couldn’t get rid of his secretary of state “fast enough.”

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The Missouri Senate passed a bill early Thursday to ban abortion eight weeks of pregnancy.

The Republican-led Senate approved the legislation 24-10. It needs at least another vote of approval in the House of Representatives, which is also led by Republicans, before it can head to Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s desk.

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The bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies — but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors who perform abortions after eight weeks face five to 15 years in prison.

Parson, who supports the bill, has said he believes this gives Missouri the opportunity to be “one of the strongest pro-life states in the country.”

Senate Democrats, including Sen. Jill Schupp, of the St. Louis area, attacked the bill on Wednesday.

“Much of this bill is just shaming women into some kind of complacency that says we are vessels of pregnancy rather than understanding that women’s lives all hold different stories,” Schupp said.

“We cannot paint with a broad brush and interfere by putting a law forward that tells them what they can and cannot do,” she added.

The Missouri bill comes as abortion opponents across the country push for new restrictions, hoping that the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, its landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

Hours before the Missouri state Senate passed the legislation, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed into law a controversial abortion bill that will make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison.

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The bill contains an exception for when the pregnancy creates a serious health risk for the woman, but not an exception for rape or incest. Only those who perform the abortion, not the woman receiving it, would be punished.

Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen in the sixth week of pregnancy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday briefly grabbed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s gavel to preside over the House — reportedly becoming the youngest woman ever to do so.

The Democrat, who represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, tweeted the news.

“Every day here is a sacred privilege + responsibility entrusted to me by my community. I never forget that, and moments like these drive it home,” she wrote.

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Ocasio-Cortez, 29, presided over the House of Representatives for roughly an hour as part of a routine rotation of members, Reuters reported.

The congresswoman presided over “special orders,” which typically consists of House members discussing their home districts after legislative business is completed.

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“That was my first time presiding. And it’s exciting,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. “It’s certainly a view. I wish we could, I wish we were allowed to take photos.”

Last month, Pelosi, D-Calif., described Ocasio-Cortez as “a wonderful member of Congress, as I think all of our colleagues will attest” as she said certain districts, like the freshman rep’s, are “solidly Democratic.”

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday was seemingly embarrassed after a rallygoer joked about some of his most recent controversies.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Nevada, a supporter shouted at Biden: “You can hug and kiss me anytime, Joe!”

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The 2020 contender smiled and looked out into the crowd, before laughing. Biden then did the sign of the cross and said, “That’s very nice, thank you.”

The supporter’s remark came shortly after he took the stage to applause. Biden told the crowd they should expect him to work hard as he vies for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Multiple women in recent months have accused the former vice president of touching them inappropriately at events.

Writer D.J. Hill alleged that at a 2012 fundraising event in Minneapolis, Biden put his hand on her shoulder, then dropped it down her back in a way that made her “very uncomfortable” while Hill and her husband posed for pictures with him.

In another incident, former college student Caitlyn Caruso claimed Biden put his hand on her thigh and hugged her for “just a little bit too long” at an event on sexual assault at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

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Biden responded to the allegations of misconduct in a video posted to social media. He said that “social norms are changing,” and he’s “heard what these women are saying.”

“Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future,” Biden said. “That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on Wednesday rolled out a plan to give voters up to $600 worth of vouchers to donate to federal candidates for office.

The vouchers, dubbed “Democracy Dollars,” would provide eligible voters $100 each to donate in primary elections, and $100 in general elections to presidential, House and Senate candidates.

Candidates accepting any of the money would have to forgo donations large than $200 per donor, according to her “Clean Elections Plan,” which was posted to Medium.

The candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination labeled the plan a “bold reform to attack the corrupting influence of money at its core.”

“My Clean Elections Plan is a critical structural change that gets big money and special interests out of politics, and ensures that elected officials in Washington are beholden only to the people who sent them there,” Gillibrand said.

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The $200-per-voter cap on individual contributions is a significant drop from the current per-donor limit of $2,800 in primary elections and another $2,800 in general elections.

Outside political groups aren’t subject to contribution limits although Gillibrand and other Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have vowed not to take donations from such groups anyway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A Democratic New Jersey mayor resigned on Sunday after he was accused of interfering with the elections process.

Francesco Caramagna, the former mayor of Elmwood Park, stepped down after a complaint was filed earlier this month, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release.

Francesco Caramagna, 74, resigned on Sunday as mayor of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, officials said.

Francesco Caramagna, 74, resigned on Sunday as mayor of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, officials said. (Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office)

The 74-year-old was accused of filling out portions of mail-in ballots and primary election ballot certifications of registered voters in Elmwood Park.

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On Monday, Caramagna was charged with interfering with the secrecy of the election process. Investigators allege he did just that between March 2017 and November 2018.

Caramagna is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on May 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday submitted his resignation to President Trump, effective May 11.

Attorney General William Barr in a statement said Rosenstein served the Justice Department “with dedication and distinction.”

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“His devotion to the Department and its professionals is unparalleled,” the statement read. “Over the course of his distinguished government career, he has navigated many challenging situations with strength, grace, and good humor.”

Rosenstein previously served as deputy assistant attorney general and U.S. attorney.

In February, Fox News reported that Barr picked Jeffrey Rosen, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to take over for Rosenstein.

A source told Fox News in March that Rosenstein had reached an agreement with Barr to stay at the DOJ “a little while longer” after it was reported he planned to leave by mid-March.

The deputy resigned following the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. Rosenstein served as the primary liaison between the department headquarters and Mueller’s office.

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In recent months, Rosenstein became a frequent target of Trump’s ire, after FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe described private discussions about secretly recording and potentially ousting the president in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump accused them of pursuing a “treasonous” plot against him. Rosenstein, though, denied pursuing a recording of the president and has pushed back on claims he broached the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Fox News’ William Mears and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.  accused Kellyanne Conway Sunday of attempting to “stoke suspicion” regarding the freshman lawmaker’s religion after the White House adviser questioned why she didn’t comment on the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday.

In a back-and-forth exchange on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez asked why Conway would note that she didn’t tweet about the bombings, which left more than 250 people dead.

“Are you trying to imply that I am less Christian? What was the point of you bringing this up on national TV?” the lawmaker asked, alongside a jab about how she was visiting her grandmother in Puerto Rico, “which continues to suffer from the White House’s incompetent disaster response.”

Ocasio-Cortez called the Sri Lanka attack “horrifying,” and called out Conway for “using this as an excuse to stoke suspicion around my Christianity + faith life.”

“No one should be targeted for their religion,” she tweeted. “If you’re so moved, let’s do more to welcome immigrants fleeing religious persecution.”

Conway initially questioned the widespread use of the term “Easter Worshippers” among politicians who expressed their condolences, including former President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Ocasio-Cortez said, “Saying ‘Easter worshippers’ matters bc Easter is the holiest day of the year for Christians, & to be targeted on Easter highlights how heinous the attack was – just as saying yesterday’s #SanDiego shooting was on Passover.

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In her response, Conway said it was “good” that Ocasio-Cortez condemned the attacks, as she “found it odd a prolific tweeter was silent” on the topic. The Trump confidante said that both women agree on the idea that places of worship should remain unharmed.

At least 253 people, several of whom were American citizens, were killed and more than 500 others were injured after a series of explosions struck three churches and three luxury hotels just outside of Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter. The attacks were among the worst since the South Asian country’s 26-year civil war ended in 2009, according to local officials.

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