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Anthony Weiner checked himself into a rehabilitation center this weekend for his addiction to taking lewd pictures of himself. When asked whether he had plans to return to office after his treatment ended his spokeswoman declined to comment beyond a statement saying he needed time to determine what he would do next.—-

Weiner is hoping a short leave of absence will make House Democratic leaders less annoyed by his actions, though it may prove a tall order as No. 2 Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, suggested resignation was a far preferable option to a House ethics investigation and possible charges. “All his colleagues agree that this process — a judicial process through the Ethics Committee — is going to take time,” Hoyer said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I really don’t know that we have that time, and I would hope that Mr. Weiner would use this opportunity to reflect upon whether or not he can effectively proceed. I don’t see how he can, and I hope he would make that judgment.”

Weiner is facing more backlash from top Dems, Republicans and protestors alike after TMZ published even more embarrassing photos of Weiner, including one where the backdrop is the House gym and he is covered only by a towel. Republican National committee chairman Reince Priebus accused the Democrats of acting too slowly in dealing with the Weiner scandal. Appearing on Meet the Press, Preibus said, “the only job Nancy Pelosi was interested in saving was Anthony Weiner’s” during the initial days of the scandal. “We’ve got leadership and a Democratic Party that are defending a guy that deserves no defense,” he added.

Libyan leader Moamar Gadhafi, who is yet to give up his career in politics, is now training to become a chess master. Libyan state TV showed Gadhafi playing chess with the visiting Russian head of the World Chess Federation, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Ilyumzhinov as saying Gadhafi told him he has no intention of leaving Libya. It was unclear whether or not Gadhafi knew how to play chess or where the meeting took place since his compound in Tripoli has been under NATO bombardment and was again hit on Sunday.

Yet another poll shows Mitt Romney well ahead of his Republican compatriots in the 2012 nomination bid. A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll released by the Boston Globe gave Romney a strong lead of 41 percent of likely voters. The next closest candidate is former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani with 9 percent.

Romney is in New Hampshire today to debate for the first time six of the likely rivals for the presidential nomination. His harshest critics are already linking the president’s health care overhaul, Obamacare, which mandates that all Americans have health insurance, with a law Romney signed in Massachusetts. "I strongly oppose the individual mandate at any level," former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on Sunday, previewing an expected line of criticism toward Romney. "I think it's a dramatic overreach." "He designed Obamacare after Romneycare and basically made it Obamneycare," Pawlenty added.

Aside from Pawlenty, Romney also faces Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Herman “the Hurri” Cain in tonight’s debate.

The Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship last night in a historic 105-95 win against the Miami Heat. The series finished 4-2 in Miami, with the Mavericks going 11 of 26 from the 3-point line. It was their second consecutive game of hitting at least double-digits from behind the arc. "It took so long for us to get here. I don't really know if it would have made a difference [winning in Miami]. Just this feeling to be on the best team of the world is just undescribable," said Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. Heat forward Chris Bosh, drenched in disappointment said the Mavericks “just played the best basketball. Dirk constantly knocked down open shots. I mean, today he showed a lot of perseverance in just bouncing back. They made our defense work at the end of the day."

The San Francisco Giants were able to rally to beat the Reds 4-2 last night, splitting the series after having been trounced 10-2 on Saturday.