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Looking for Meaning in the Weiner Story: Part II

I promised myself not to have anything more to say about the Anthony Weiner circus. Then I remembered what I promised at the end of last week’s column: to hear you out.

I promised myself not to have anything more to say about the Anthony Weiner circus. Then I remembered what I promised at the end of last week’s column: to hear you out.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:40am

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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:40am

SEC Considers Charging Ratings Firms Over Role in Financial Crisis

The Securities and Exchange Commission has expanded its probe into the deals that contributed to the financial crisis to include major credit-rating firms and is considering civil fraud charges against those companies, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Leading rating companies have already been criticized by lawmakers as “key enablers” of the financial crisis for their role in fueling the mortgage-securities bubble.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:40am

Video: Late Night Hosts Take Their Final Shots at Rep. Anthony Weiner

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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:40am

On 'GMA,' Obama Weighs in on Weiner, Payroll Tax Cut

Despite the distractions of former congressman Anthony Weiner caused his party with a two-week scandal over his communications with various women, President Obama doesn’t harbor any ill will toward him and even sees hope for his future.

"I wish Representative Weiner and his lovely wife well," Obama said on Good Morning America Friday morning. "Obviously it's been a tough incident for him, but I'm confident that they'll refocus, and he'll refocus, and they'll end up being able to bounce back."

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:40am

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Asked for Diplomatic Immunity When He Was Arrested

Dominique Strauss-Kahn asked for diplomatic immunity when he was first arrested for attempted rape by New York Port Authority Police, according to a document filed by prosecutors Thursday. The former director of the International Monetary Fund, now on house arrest in a TriBeCa townhouse, faces seven criminal counts that carry possible sentences of 25 years in prison for allegedly trying to rape a housekeeper in Midtown's Sofitel hotel.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:40am

Feingold Speech Focuses on Campaign Finance, Senate

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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40am

Weiner's Fall Indicative of New Ethical Standards in House

In the complex world of congressional ethics, there is no black-and-white guide for how leaders use their political muscle to nudge an ethically impaired member toward the exit, but Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Thursday resignation reaffirmed an implicit new rule in the House: sexual indiscretions will not be tolerated.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 6:40am

Gingrich Promises His October Surprise

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 10:40pm

Where in the World is Michelle Obama? The First Lady's Trips Abroad

Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa and Botswana on an official visit to Africa next week in an effort to encourage youth leadership, education, and health and wellness -- particularly among girls and young women.

The first lady has made official visits to Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom, where she's made headlines for her colorful fashion choices and, on occasion, for busting a move. In addition to the official travel, she has also garnered (positive and negative) media attention for a couple of unofficial jaunts.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 8:40pm