Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) is asking for forgiveness after being caught on camera kissing a staffer. The video, taken from a surveillance camera, shows the married freshman congressman with his district scheduler, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, inside of McAllister's congressional office in Monroe, La. Before this scandal, McAllister was best known for bringing Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson to this year's State of the Union Address as his guest.
"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness," McAllister said in a statement. "I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve."
The video was obtained by The Ouachita Citizen from an anonymous source. According to the newspaper, Peacock donated $5,200 to McAllister's campaign last fall, and her husband, Heath Peacock, did the same. The congressman — who ran as an upstanding, churchgoing Christian and dedicated husband and father — has asked for privacy, and said he will "do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed." You can watch the footage in this report from local CBS affiliate KNOE News 8. --Catherine Garcia
No matter what you think about soccer, you have to respect a good underdog story. And the Leicester City Foxes just pulled off the ultimate feel-good sports story, winning soccer's Premier League title thanks to Chelsea F.C. fighting the Tottenham Hotspurs to a draw Monday.
How do two unrelated teams factor into Leicester City's victory? Our own Jeva Lange broke it all down here, but the short version is: The standings dictated that the Foxes needed the Spurs to lose just one of their remaining three games in order to clinch the title. And after jumping out to a 2-0 lead against Chelsea, the Spurs let Chelsea rally back to a 2-2 draw. With the draw, Tottenham forfeited its long-shot comeback bid for the title, and Leicester City — which began the season with 5,000-to-1 odds to win — claimed the crown.
Leicester City. Champions of England. pic.twitter.com/WRwfysTn2N
— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 2, 2016
The Premier League is the most-watched soccer league in the world and features the heavy hitters of the sport, such as Manchester United and Liverpool (in addition to Chelsea). The title is the Foxes' first in their 132-year history. To read more about how Leicester City made it to the top, check out David Winner's feature at Newsweek. Kimberly Alters
Full-time employees of Tennessee's public colleges and universities are now allowed to carry guns on campus with proper handgun permits, WKRN-TV reports. The law, which Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allowed to pass without his signature, is set to go into effect July 1.
"I have long stated a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus, and I again expressed this concern throughout the legislative process this year," Haslam wrote to the House and Senate on Monday. "Although SB 2376 does not go as far as I would like in retaining campus control, the final version of the bill included input from higher education and was shaped to accommodate some of their concerns."
Donald Trump has notoriously mocked Hillary Clinton for using the so-called "woman's card," claiming she couldn't get even 5 percent of the vote if she were a man. He might not be laughing anymore, though:
Clinton campaign raised $2.4 million off of Trump's "woman's card" comments, 40% were new donors, best fundraising stretch so far, per aide.
— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) May 2, 2016
Revenge is indeed a dish best served cold. Jeva Lange
Former Gov. Jim Gilmore ended his presidential aspirations in February after earning only 145 votes while running for the Republican nomination. Now, adding insult to injury, Gilmore was also just shut out from even being elected as a Virginia delegate to the Republican national convention.
Gilmore told The Washington Post that he had been "informally assured" he would be a Virginia delegate, but that Ted Cruz's team had mobilized to seize as many supporters as they could. As a result, the Virginia state convention over the weekend elected 10 Cruz supporters and three Trump supporters to send to Cleveland. Because Trump won the state, all delegates will be required to cast their first vote for him; the delegates would then be free to vote for whoever they want on a second ballot at a contested convention.
Still, Gilmore says he will be heading to Cleveland because "technically I'm still a candidate for president."
Gilmore has not endorsed any candidate, and The Washington Post notes his neutrality might be what made both Cruz and Trump supporters wary of sending him to the convention. Jeva Lange
Heidi Cruz is sticking up for her husband Ted, who, in a long-running joke, is often accused of being the Zodiac Killer. It's taken on a life beyond just internet memes: A February poll found 38 percent of Florida voters think it's possible the Republican presidential hopeful is responsible for the gruesome homicides.
"Well, I've been married to him for 15 years, and I know pretty well who he is, so it doesn't bother me at all," Cruz told Yahoo News on Monday. "There's a lot of garbage out there."
Whether you're married to Ted or not, you don't need to crack a cipher to figure out the Texas senator wasn't even born in time to have committed the earliest Zodiac crimes, which began in the late 1960s. Cruz, surely much to the chagrin of the conspiracy theorists, was born in 1970. Julie Kliegman
Things were going fine for Carly Fiorina as she introduced Ted Cruz and his family to a crowd of supporters in La Porte, Indiana. That is, until she fell off the stage.
This is where it gets funny: Cruz definitely sees her go over, but unlike any sort of normal person he continues casually shaking supporters' hands while pretending like his vice presidential pick is not crumpled on some Indiana gym floor. Heidi Cruz at least appears to make some sort of attempt to help Fiorina back up:
Mediaite defends Cruz with footage showing a different angle of the fall, which reveals Fiorina did more of an awkward stumble off the stage than a full-on face plant. By Mediaite's estimate, the stumble-vs-face plant distinction voids Cruz's responsibility to abandon handshakes and check if Fiorina is okay, and thus the whole event does not, as some believe, qualify him for the running of history's greatest monster.
We'll leave that for you to decide. Jeva Lange
Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is in talks to direct the long-anticipated Space Jam 2 for Warner Bros. Lin is already at work on the script with Andrew Dodge, sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
A sequel to the 1996 hit starring Michael Jordan has been rumored for some time. This time around, LeBron James is expected to star. The Cleveland Cavaliers star is, of course, already an acting vet, having appeared in Trainwreck in 2015. Julie Kliegman