Joe Barton Apology, ‘cite and Release' Approaches, Cop's Theft Accusation: Your Wednesday Evening Roundup

Good evening. Here are some stories you may have missed today.Do you want to get this roundup via email? Sign up for our newsletters here.Congressman Joe Barton apologizes for explicit photo, but doesn't plan to resignEnnis Rep. Joe Barton apologized Wednesday for a sexually explicit photo now circulating online, but doesn't plan to resign.In a statement released to The Dallas Morning News, the longtime Republican said the image — which first surfaced on social media earlier this week — was taken while separated from his former wife in recent years."While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women," Barton, who is twice-divorced, said in the statement. "Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days."Barton, the longest-serving member of the Texas House delegation, just recently announced his 18th Congressional campaign.The incident has raised questions over whether Barton is the victim of a crime under Texas laws intended to protect against the release of intimate materials. More from Washington: Could a New Jersey case at the Supreme Court mean sports gambling for Texas?From Dallas to DC: Time Warner's top executives have $216 million riding on closing the AT&T deal.  Continue reading...

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