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Duncan Hunter: 'I Will Resign From Congress'

California Republican says he'll step down 'shortly after the holidays' amid campaign finance scandal

(Newser) - He'd hinted earlier in the week he might step down from his congressional post, and on Friday, Rep. Duncan Hunter made it official. "Shortly after the holidays, I will resign from Congress," the Republican said in a statement, per the Hill . "It has been an honor... More »

After Denials, Duncan Hunter to Change Plea to Guilty

California Republican is charged with spending campaign money on vacations, groceries

(Newser) - After denying for more than a year that he spent campaign money on himself and his family, Rep. Duncan Hunter plans to change his plea to guilty Tuesday. The California Republican said he doesn't want to put his children through a trial, CNN reports. "I think it's... More »

Feds: Congressman Spent Campaign Cash on 5 Affairs

More legal woes for Rep. Duncan Hunter

(Newser) - US Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails, and vacations, federal prosecutors say. A government court filing Monday detailed allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs with five women following an... More »

Rep. Duncan Hunter's Wife May Have Just Flipped on Him

Margaret Hunter changes her mind, pleads guilty

(Newser) - The wife of US Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Thursday to a single corruption count and agreed to testify against her husband at his trial on charges the couple spent more than $200,000 in campaign funds on trips, dinners, clothes, and other personal expenses, the AP reports. Margaret Hunter... More »

Lawmaker Says He Also Did the 'Bad Thing' Gallagher Did

Duncan Hunter was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan

(Newser) - Rep. Duncan Hunter has argued for pardoning Navy SEAL chief Edward Gallagher, who faces charges including murder for a stabbing death in Iraq in 2017. Hunter added a new defense of Gallagher at an event Saturday in California. "Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too—... More »

Trump Asserts Sessions Has Put GOP in Midterm Jeopardy

The president assailed the attorney general on Twitter again Monday

(Newser) - President Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans in midterm jeopardy with recent indictments of two GOP congressmen. Per the AP , Trump tweeted that "Obama era investigations, of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well... More »

Duncan Hunter Indicted for Misuse of Campaign Funds

Feds say Republican blew $250K on personal expenses

(Newser) - California's Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife treated his campaign funds like their personal piggy bank, using the funds to pay for dental work, private school tuition, golf trips to Hawaii and Italy, fancy dinners, fast-food dinners, groceries, and even a $600 airline ticket for a pet bunny, according... More »

Congressman's Campaign Paid for $1.3K in Video Games

Duncan Hunter says it was a mistake

(Newser) - More than $1,300 in video game purchases appearing on US Rep. Duncan Hunter's 2015 campaign report prompted the FEC to send a letter to the California Republican asking for an explanation, the Hill reports. The charges made to Steam Games between Oct. 13 and Dec. 16, which bear... More »

Pol: Army Tricked Taxpayers With 'Dead' $725M Program

Controversial program is actually still up and running and may even get more funding

(Newser) - Its name was the Human Terrain System, what USA Today labels a "controversial battlefield anthropology program" supposedly shut down by the US Army in 2014 after allegations of racism, sexual harassment, and funny business with time sheets, among other issues. Or so its demise was believed: The initiative—which... More »

Lawmaker: Let SEALs Keep Their Combat Rifles

SEALs are made to 'share' their customized weapons after deployment ends

(Newser) - The tip of the spear may be losing its edge. Navy SEAL teams don't have enough combat rifles to go around, even as these highly trained forces are relied on more than ever to carry out counterterrorism operations and other secretive missions, according to SEALs who have confided in... More »

Congressman Vapes During Hearing

He argued against vaping ban on planes

(Newser) - In what may be a House first, Rep. Duncan Hunter pulled out his e-cigarette and blew out a cloud of vapor during a hearing on banning use of the devices on planes. "So this is called a vaporizer," the Republican from California said, per CNN . "There's... More »

US to Review How We Handle Hostage Cases

'Increased frequency of hostage-taking' abroad spurs effort

(Newser) - Amid ISIS' continued onslaught against American hostages and widespread criticism of the White House's response, President Obama has ordered a review of policy in handling hostage situations abroad, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move comes "as a result of the increased frequency of hostage-taking of Americans overseas,... More »

Republicans Scolded for Partying With Lady Lobbyists

Boehner tells off Hunter, Graves, Terry, others

(Newser) - John Boehner has warned several Republican congressmen to stop flirting, dining, partying, and otherwise hanging out with female lobbyists. Boehner told the reps to “knock it off,” sources tell the New York Post , which dutifully tracked down the perpetrators. It caught Lee Terry, for example, chatting up an... More »

Calif. Could Be Next Immigration Battleground

Arizona law eyed with suspicion, envy

(Newser) - The strict immigration law passed over the border in Arizona has energized both sides of the immigration debate in California. Community workers tell Reuters that young Latinos, worried that a similar law could hit the Golden State, have gone from being apathetic about politics to being ready to take to... More »

Calif. Rep: Deport US-Born Kids of Illegals

'Takes more than walk across border'

(Newser) - A California lawmaker wants US-born children of illegal immigrants deported, he told a Tea Party rally. "It takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen. It's in our souls," Republican Duncan Hunter said in San Diego. Deporting American kids of illegal citizens is "... More »

Congressman: Lifting 'Don't Ask' Will Mean Hermaphrodites

Duncan Hunter thinks it's a slippery slope

(Newser) - California congressman Duncan Hunter is raising a unique argument against repealing the ban on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The one-time GOP presidential candidate thinks allowing openly gay soldiers will destroy the "special bond" among soldiers by opening the military to "transgenders, to hermaphrodites, to gays and lesbians."... More »

Petraeus Grilling Moves to House

Dems lay into lack of progress in Iraq; he gives few details on plans

(Newser) - Gen. David Petraeus' visit to Capitol Hill continues today, with House members getting their chance to grill the top US commander in Iraq and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Democrats on the Armed Service Committee were vocal in their frustration about the war’s progress, even as Petraeus and Crocker were unyielding... More »

Duncan Drops Out of GOP Race

California lawmaker pushed immigration in longshot bid

(Newser) - California Rep. Duncan Hunter pulled out of the GOP presidential race today after winning only 2% of votes in the Nevada caucuses, CNN reports. The San Diego-area lawmaker said that failing to "gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and South Carolina" proved it was time to quit. A... More »

Hunter: Now That I Have Your Attention ...

Candidate summons media to announce he's not dropping out

(Newser) - Duncan Hunter pulled a fast one on the press corps today, the LA Times reports: The GOP presidential candidate fueled speculation he’d withdraw from the race by announcing a “major announcement”—then used the occasion to complain about his exclusion from this weekend’s debates. Hunter says... More »

Not Far Enough Off His Rocker

Duncan Hunter is too boring to be a successful fringe candidate

(Newser) - Duncan Hunter may be the “hard-ass conservative” running for president, the New Republic’s Eve Fairbanks allows, but the congressman dubbed “Pat Buchanan with a smile” is simply too boring to fill the fringe niche. Sure, he wants a double fence on the Mexican border and to withhold... More »

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