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Anthony Weiner and Wolf Blitzer's Very Awkward Encounter

Just when it looked like Rep. Anthony Weiner's had reached maximum foot-in-mouth capacity in his pushback against that provocative photo somebody posted to his Twitter account, he went on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer this afternoon and managed to hit new levels of groin-photo ambiguity. After again denying he sent the image, Blitzer asked if he's ever taken photos "like this" before. Weiner replied that "there are photos out there" (He gave a similarly cryptic/smarmy reply when reporters asked him a few minutes earlier if he was in the photos.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

House Blocks Vote on Kucinich Libya Bill Over Fears It Might Pass

House Republicans postponed a Wednesday vote on Rep. Dennis Kucinich's resolution to end U.S. involvement in the bombing of Libya because they were afraid it would pass. Speaker John Boehner thinks the legislation--which would take effect 15 days after it's adopted--would hurt the NATO mission to topple Muammar Qaddafi, Politico's John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen report.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

Has Weiner Ever Taken a Photo Like the One Tweeted? He Doesn't Say

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asks Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., if he's ever taken a photo of his crotch after the congressman said that he's not certain a photo tweeted from his account wasn't of him. Weiner tells Blitzer that consultants who he's hired are trying to get to the bottom of the source of the image, but he wouldn't say whether or not he's every taken one like it of himself. The image was posted on his Twitter account last week and quickly removed; Weiner says that he did not tweet the image.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

Lawmakers Sympathetic to Broadcasters’ Spectrum Concerns

Broadcasters found sympathy on Wednesday from a House subcommittee over their concerns about a proposal aimed at freeing up more spectrum for wireless-broadband technologies.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

Arab Spring Meets the Summer of Discontent

Less than six months ago, an unemployed street vendor in Tunisia set himself on fire to protest police harassment, setting off a historical wave of protests across North Africa and the Middle East against repressive government regimes.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

CNN Poll: Majority Opposes Medicare Changes

The CNN survey demonstrates that their political trepidation is justified. While independents oppose the GOP's Medicare plan, 68 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of Tea Party supporters favor it, according to the poll.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 4:40pm

CMS Denies Indiana Law Restricting Funding to Clinics Offering Abortions

The federal government told Indiana on Wednesday that it cannot keep Medicaid dollars from reaching clinics that perform abortions, despite a state law that does just that.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 4:40pm

Adorable Piper Is the Where's Waldo of Palin's Bus Tour

Sarah Palin's presidential campaign bus tour is being billed as a family vacation, and the most visible member of the Palin pack along for the ride is little 10-year-old Piper. As the former Alaska governor is mobbed by media all along the East Coast, Piper's head pops up among the microphones, usually looking curious, maybe a little amused, sometimes wearing a pair from her apparently large sunglasses collection. Piper is the perfect age for this unusual family roadtrip--old enough to be fascinated by other humans, not old enough to be too cool to have fun.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 4:40pm

A Republican Surge In Weiner's District

Much of the attention being paid to Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., is focused on the salacious - whether he sent the lewd picture to a college undergrad or whether he was the victim of a grand hoax. Few are talking about the possibility that Republicans could pick up Weiner's seat.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 4:40pm

Cisco: Tablets Fueling Surge in Internet Traffic

What a difference a year makes. For its 2010 analysis of global Internet traffic, Cisco didn't include any projections for the nascent tablet computer market. This year, it's estimating that tablets, such as Apple's iPad (introduced in January 2010), the Blackberry Playbook and the Motorola Xoom, will fuel a surge in Internet traffic.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 4:40pm