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After Weiner, Will Special Election Be a Referendum on Obama?

Friday, June 17, 2011

A mixture of cheers and jeers followed seven-term New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner's announcement Thursday that he would be resigning from public office. Weiner apologized to his constituents and to his wife for the sexting scandal, in which he admitted to sending lewd messages and photos to at least six women. Weiner was one of the more outspokenly liberal members of the House – and his 9th District that has been a Democratic stronghold for decades. Will his successor's replacement change the political spectrum or become a referendum on President Obama's politics, as a litmus test for 2012?

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Where Weiner Went Wrong

Friday, June 17, 2011

Anthony Weiner has finally resigned, but not before leading the country on a nearly three-week odyssey of sexual imagery, social media and lies. As a lawyer, journalist and political analyst, I have paid close attention to how Weiner has handled his communications strategy. As a New Yorker and news consumer, I have been amazed that, yet another intelligent and ambitious man in high places has made all the wrong choices.

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WNYC News

Weiner's Wife Huma Notably Absent From Resignation

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The wife of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner was notably absent from her husband's side Thursday as the fallen politician announced his resignation from Congress after he confessed to carrying on sexually charged relationships with several women online.

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Filling Weiner's Vacant Seat: How a Special Election Could Work

Thursday, June 16, 2011

For the second time in six months, New York party officials will be scrambling scramble to settle on candidates for a special election.

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Rep. Anthony Weiner Resigns Amid Scandal

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, 10 days after he first admitted he had sexually charged online relationships with several women: "Today, I am announcing my resignation from Congress," Weiner said Thursday.

More coverage: What's next for Weiner's district • Weiner's Wife Does Not Stand By Her Man Spitzer Weighs in: Weiner Needs to 'Move On'

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The Takeaway

Rep. Anthony Weiner to Step Down

Thursday, June 16, 2011

WNYC and It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale reports on the news that Rep. Anthony Weiner will step down in the wake of a "sexting" scandal, in which the Congressman sent lewd photographs to women via Facebook and Twitter.

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WNYC News

Weiner's Wife Huma Returns Home Amid Growing Calls for Rep.'s Resignation

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The wife of embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner returned to her Washington, D.C., home Wednesday amid a chorus of politicians calling for her scandal-scarred husband to step down this week.   

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Ethanol Subsidies Survive Senate Vote -- Metro Transit Can Now Go To Seattle Mariners Games

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Following a court ruling, Seattle's Metro can now begin providing public transit service to sporting events. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Toronto's mayor is interested in selling naming rights to subway stations, bridges, and highways in order to raise badly-needed revenue. (The Globe and Mail)

Bus-only lanes are coming to LA's Wilshire Boulevard. (Los Angeles Times)

Members of the French parliament are pressuring Air France to place a large order with the French plane-maker Airbus over US company Boeing. (Marketplace)

A new US DOT distracted driving ad features characters from the Disney movie 'Cars 2." Because only bad guys drive distracted.

Ethanol subsidies survived a Senate vote. (NPR)

So many people are using Montreal's bike lanes that the lanes are reaching capacity. (Montreal Gazette)

Las Vegas is using Krispy Kremes to try to lure drivers out of their cars and onto buses. (Las Vegas Sun)

Anthony Weiner's car isn't registered. (NY Daily News)

Lose your NYC MetroCard? Now you can file a claim online. (TransitBlogger)

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Eliot Spitzer on Government's Role in the Market - and Weiner

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's a personal tragedy. I think he should heed the wisdom of the senior democratic leadership and permit politics now at this point to move on to other, more critical issues. I think that's a judgment I hope he comes to sometime in the near term.

—Former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Spitzer: Weiner Needs to Listen to Dem Leaders and 'Move On'

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer on Tuesday joined the chorus of Democrats calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign from his post after the married Congressman who represents Brooklyn and Queens confessed to sending lewd photos and messages to women. 

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President Obama on Rep. Weiner: 'Should Probably Step Back'

Monday, June 13, 2011

President Barack Obama commented for the first time on Rep. Anthony Weiner's sex scandal saying if he were in Weiner's place, he would resign.

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WNYC News

Weiner's Constituents Mull Congressman's Next Steps

Monday, June 13, 2011

Democratic party leaders are calling on congressman Anthony Weiner to resign, and many of his constituents are beginning to think that's the inevitable outcome of his sexting scandal. 

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Should He Stay Or Go? Weiner Constituents Mixed

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Protesters gathered in front of Congressman Anthony Weiner's Kew Gardens office on Sunday called for his resignation in the wake of the sexting scandal in which the Congressman is currently embroiled. But as they chanted, Weiner supporters quickly came to his defense, calling on the seven-term Congressman to complete his term.

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Rangel on Weiner: "Of Course He Can Be Effective"

Friday, June 10, 2011

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Some words of encouragement for embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner from a fellow New York Democrat who's no stranger to controversy. Representative Charles Rangel said Friday that Weiner can still be an effective lawmaker but “only if the press gets off his back.”

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, June 10, 2011

Apple makes devices consumers love to own, but other businesses have long complained that the company doesn't play well with others. Now, Apple is sweetening the deal for publishers. We'll also review this week's business news.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Power and Politics

Friday, June 10, 2011

In light of the rash of scandals afflicting politicians in office, Deborah Gruenfeld, professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, joins the show to discuss how power and politics can lead to bad decisions. 

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Why Do Politicians Behave Badly?

Friday, June 10, 2011

What happens when you attain power is more people become attracted to you, and the paradox and irony of that is when people are attracted to you because of your power, you never trust that it's love anyway. That's part of what creates this insatiable desire to keep attaining more. It never satisfies the impulse in the end.

Deborah Gruenfeld, professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Timeline: 30 Years of Political Sex Scandals

Friday, June 10, 2011

A long history of political sex scandals precedes the recent bout of admissions. The timeline shown below lists the most prominent scandals of the past 30 years. 

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Donors Mixed Over Weiner Scandal

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner's biggest donors in New York City are mixed about whether to continue supporting the Democratic Congressman, whose online sex scandal has captured newspaper headlines for days.

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From Redistricting to Resigning, Pressure Mounts on Weiner

Thursday, June 09, 2011

If Anthony Weiner is seen as being toxic to this kind of core constituency for Democrats nationally, he becomes a liability to the party as they’re heading into an election season.

Colin Campbell, City Hall News reporter and blogger at The Brooklyn Politics.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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