Morning News and Stuff

Jun 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Rep. Anthony Weiner yesterday admitted during a press conference that he had in fact sent a picture of his erect member to a 21-year-old coed and has exchanged other graphic photos with six women over Twitter and Facebook. "I have not been honest with myself," a teary-eyed Weiner said to the press, adding that it was a “hugely regrettable mistake.” Weiner said that some of the relationships dated back three years and that he typically met the women on Facebook. He added that he never had any physical encounters with the women. "[I] have engaged in several inappropriate conversations ... with women I have met online," he said. "[I'm] deeply ashamed of my terrible judgment and actions. ... This was a very dumb thing to do."—-

Weiner said that he is open to and will cooperate with an ethics committee investigation that was requested by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Steve Israel. "I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation; for Anthony's wife, Huma, his family, his staff and his constituents," Pelosi said in a statement. "I am calling for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred."

Weiner also issued an apology to conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart who first reported the story. Breitbart was in attendance at the press conference on Monday. Breitbart had said he would like an apology from Weiner because "I'm here for some vindication." Wiener initially said that his account had been hacked to which Breitbart said was a “continual attempt to blame the messenger.” Weiner does maintain that he has not had sex outside of his marriage, Breitbart is still a douche and he will not resign from his post. "Nothing about this should reflect in any way on my official duties or oath of office," Weiner said. "I engaged in inappropriate online conversations. ... I don't believe I did anything that violates any law or rule."

GOP chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that Pelosi shouldn’t hold members of Congress to a different standard and the congressman’s actions demand his departure from the House.

According to a Washington Post-ABC poll, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is leading the Republican pack of presidential candidates. Romney says he’s not upset Sarah Palin attempted to steal some of that thunder when she visited Massachusetts as a part of her “One Nation” bus tour. He in face told CNN’s Piers Morgan last night that Palin is “the best thing that could happen to me. … Right now, your greatest enemy is overexposure. People get tired of seeing the same person day in and day out.” Also on CNN, 1988 presidential nominee Michael Dukakis criticized Romney for being “slippery” and called him a “weather vane” for changing his positions on issues such as health care.

Katie Couric, the first network evening news solo anchorwoman, says her new ABC series will have a familiar feel to it. "It'll be sort of a little bit of what Oprah did," Couric, 54, told Jay Leno during an interview Monday, hours after Couric inked a multi-year, multi-platform deal with ABC. "Obviously, no one can ever fill Oprah's shoes, but some of the things that she did on her show, some of the things we used to do on The Today Show.” I can’t wait to watch “Where in the World is Matt Lauer” and Willard Scott act like a creepy uncle again. "I'm really looking forward to it because, creatively, it's such an exciting challenge for me and I think I'm better at interacting and talking to people and synthesizing complicated subjects — I hope — and you know doing interviews that require some empathy," Couric told Leno.

The Enquirer says that later this week Channel 19 will confirm the release of a Queen City reality show. "It's going to promote the city, everything going on in downtown and Over-the-Rhine. It's a real feel-good show."