December 9, 2019

The House Ethics Committee released its report of its investigation into alleged misuse of campaign funds from Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who pleaded guilty last week and announced he will resign from Congress "after the holidays." Some of the expenses aren't exactly shocking — for example, a $9,200 trip to Italy sounds like your standard ethics violation. But he also used the funds for some stranger, smaller-scale purchases. Here are three that stood out:

1. A galaxy far, far away — Hunter's campaign committee reported two disbursements from 2015 totaling $229.44 for what was described as food and drink at Star Trader, which is a store at Disneyland selling Star Wars-themed merchandise. The committee noted that it was unlikely that all that money was spent on sustenance (though maybe he really enjoys blue milk), and any other purchases likely weren't a good use of campaign cash.

2. Pay-per-view — Hunter apparently didn't want to miss out on any entertainment. The report found that the congressman used more than $3,100 to pay for cable, internet, NFL Red Zone, and pay-per-view UFC fights and movies. It's not clear if any of the Star Wars films were included.

3. Flying rabbits — Last, but not least, Hunter was found to have spent $625 to fly his pet rabbit, Cadbury, around. Apparently, Hunter didn't enjoy his time away from Cadbury — the rabbit was kept in Hunter's congressional office and would accompany him and his children on their travels. Tim O'Donnell

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.