Nov 30, 2017

Rep. Barton won't seek re-election after nude photo

Rep. Joe Barton of Texas. Photo: Haraz N. Ghanbari / AP

Congressman Joe Barton of Texas said Thursday that he will not run for re-election after a nude photo he shared with a romantic partner was made public on social media last week, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Barton said, "I've always listened to people in Texas and worked for them in Washington, and I've been listening to a lot of people the last week in Texas ... There are enough people who lost faith in me that it's time to step aside and let there be a new voice for the 6th district in Washington, so I am not going to run for re-election."

The backdrop: Barton announced his intention to run for re-election earlier in November, but said he would reconsider that decision after the photos surfaced. His relationship with the woman who shared the photo was consensual, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Barton also suggested in 2015 that he would go to the police if a woman shared the explicit photos and messages he sent her.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

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