This is not the kind of image that an ex-politician would really want to be remembered for.
The Washington Post reports that on Friday a key photo was entered into evidence in the federal corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) for gifts that he received from donor and dietary supplement CEO Jonnie Williams Sr. The photo shows McDonnell smiling and showing off an expensive wristwatch.
Williams testified on Thursday that McDonnell sent him the photo via text message in December 2012. The watch is a rather infamous gift that Williams allegedly gave to McDonnell, with a special engraving: "Robert F. McDonnell, 71st Governor of Virginia."
The watch itself was passed around among jurors on Thursday. Williams also stated that the Rolex cost between $6,000 and $7,000 — part of the more than $165,000 in gifts from Williams that McDonnell is accused of accepting. --Eric Kleefeld
With Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce, showing off her new female body on the cover of Vanity Fair, Jon Stewart was preparing for the worst. "It's especially brave of Caitlyn Jenner to do this publicly, because we all know the media," he said on Tuesday's Daily Show. "They're awful, and now we're going to have to listen to a lot of people saying awful things about this." Except that, with few exceptions, people said really nice, welcoming things.
Stewart was pleasantly surprised, for a moment. "It's really heartening to see that everyone is willing to not only accept Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, but to waste no time in treating her like a woman," he said, and that's not all good. It was a small jump from congratulations to ogling, then comparing Jenner's sexual allure to other Hollywood women. While we're at it, Stewart sighed, "why don't we throw in a little slut-shaming with a dash of 'Eh, she's probably not that hot in person'?" And they did. You can watch below. Peter Weber
It's possible that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will say he is not running for president on June 24, but more likely than not he is going to jump into the already crowded Republican primary. Either way, Jindal is planning a "major announcement" about his 2016 plans in New Orleans, NBC News reports. He is "likely to announce his plans to seek the GOP nomination," CNN adds, quoting a "person close to the Louisiana governor." Jindal formed a presidential exploratory committee in mid-May.
With Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) formally entering the race on Monday, there are currently nine declared GOP presidential candidates, plus several expected to throw their hats in. In a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday, Jindal polls at about 1 percent. Peter Weber
On Sunday, the Texas House gave final passage to a Senate bill requiring the state's public universities and community colleges to allow concealed handguns in buildings on campus, sending the controversial legislation to Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who says he will sign it. In a compromise, the bill allows private universities to opt out of the new requirements, and each public institution can create gun-free zones, though the scope of those zones is up for debate. Only licensed concealed-carry holders, all 21 and older, will be covered by the law.
Opponents of the "campus carry" legislation — most prominently University of Texas System President William McRaven, a retired admiral, Navy SEAL, and head of U.S. Special Operations forces — weren't placated by the compromise. And neither were some advocates — Students for Concealed Carry declared defeat and said they'll "try again in 2017."
The law, once signed, will take effect on Aug. 1, 2017, on community college campuses and a year earlier at Texas public universities and colleges, including the flagship University of Texas at Austin, where support isn't high for guns on campus. "The university was the scene of the nation's first campus mass shooting on Aug. 1, 1966, when a sniper, Charles Whitman, fired at people from the school's clock tower in a day of violence that left 16 people dead," notes The New York Times. "The campus-carry law will take effect there Aug. 1, 2016, exactly 50 years later."
Seven other states allow concealed carry on public university campuses, 19 ban concealed guns on campus, and 23 leave it up to universities or state boards of regents. Peter Weber
Clueless guys mangling their intimate conversations with wives and girlfriends is a staple of comedy, but Amy Schumer gave it a martial arts twist on Tuesday's Inside Amy Schumer. "You're here to evade and defuse the ancient art of female emotional combat," Schumer told a group of three men, dressed in lycra combat attire. One by one, the dudes faced off against their sparring partner, Caitlyn, a stand-in girlfriend. Only one succeeded, but along the way Schumer was able to poke fun at both genders. "Remember, women can't deny the authority of therapy and/or Oprah," she said at one point. It's funny, but it's probably unintentionally instructive, too. Guys. Peter Weber
On Tuesday, President Obama posthumously awarded the nation's highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor, to Army Sgt. William Shemin and Pvt. Henry Johnson, two soldiers who demonstrated heroic bravery during World War I and were apparently passed over for decoration because Shemin was Jewish and Johnson was black.
Johnson, who fought off a German sneak attack in 1918 while attached to a French unit, had been awarded France's highest military honor, but the Pentagon normally only awards top military honors within five years of the celebrated incident. A defense bill passed in December scratched those rules for Johnson and Shemin, who rescued wounded colleagues under fire for three days in 1918.
"We are a nation, a people who remember our heroes," Obama said at a ceremony in the White House. "We never forget their sacrifice, and we believe it's never too late to say thank you." Watch highlights of the ceremony below. Peter Weber
More than 36 hours after key provisions of the Patriot Act expired during a congressional stalemate, the Senate voted, 67 to 32, to curtail the bulk collection of Americans' phone records in what is being called a "remarkable reversal" of national security policy. Under the USA Freedom Act, which now heads to President Obama's desk, phone data would stay private, but the government could search records under court orders.
UPDATE: Obama signed the bill Tuesday night, saying the "legislation will strengthen civil liberty safeguards and provide greater public confidence in these programs." He also chided the Senate for "a needless delay and inexcusable lapse in important national security authorities." Samantha Rollins
If you get a test for something at the doctor and it comes back positive, chances are you're going to be very anxious. Does that mean you have the disease? Maybe. But as Aaron Carroll explains below, this can be a misleading way to think.
The prevalence of the disease — that is, the number of people in the general population who have it — can sharply effect one's chances with such a test. One study of mammograms, for example, found that over 95 percent of people with a positive test for breast cancer did not actually have it.
That's only the first part of a complex topic, but it's really worth understanding. Check it out. Ryan Cooper