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  • Weiner trashes the media for its focus on sexting scandal

    NEW YORK--Anthony Weiner criticized the media for being too focused on the sexting scandal that has imperiled his campaign for mayor, insisting that voters care about issues other than his personal drama.

    Speaking at an event sponsored by Buzzfeed, Weiner said the coverage of his campaign has been “brutal” and accused some members of the media of going out of their way to write negative stories about him. The New York Times, he declared, “doesn’t want me to win.”

    “Substance doesn’t get covered in a campaign like this,” Weiner said.

    But asked if he’s been treated more unfairly than other politicians who have personally and publicly erred, like former President Bill Clinton and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the former congressman demurred.

    Asked if he felt he had been “set up” by former online paramour Sydney Leathers who has cashed in on her connection to Weiner after their sexts were made public, the ex-lawmaker insisted he had no one to blame for his predicament but himself.

    “Nobody did

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  • Oklahoma tornado survivor set to move back to Moore, but progress remains slow in much of the city

    MOORE, Okla. — Barbara Garcia had been living here for 45 years when a deadly two-mile wide tornado, one of the strongest on record, wiped out her home and a large swath of the city last May 20.

    The 74-year-old grandmother quickly became a symbol of the storm’s devastation when, during a CBS News interview after she emerged from the rubble of her flattened house, she was reunited with her beloved schnauzer, Bowsy, whom she feared had been lost.

    “Oh Bowsy,” Garcia cried, as the dog emerged dusty and dazed but alive from under a jagged piece of sheet metal. “Bless your itty bitty heart!”

    Clearly emotional, Garcia told the camera crew, “I thought God just answered one prayer: ‘Let me be okay.’ But he answered both of them because this was my second prayer.”

    Soon, Garcia’s third prayer will be answered.

    Next month, after weeks spent living with different family members around the state, Garcia, an uninsured widow who lost everything, will move back to Moore into a new home built entirely

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  • Anthony Weiner unveils first television ad in NYC mayoral race

    Powerful Voices from Anthony Weiner on Vimeo.

    NEW YORK — Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner released his first television ad Monday in which he casts himself as the antiestablishment pick for City Hall.

    The former Democratic congressman does not directly address the sexting scandal that has overtaken his mayoral bid over the last month, but he references it, arguing that the political establishment has long wanted him out of the race.

    “Powerful voices have made it clear from the very beginning they didn’t want me to win,” Weiner tells the camera after a montage of footage showing him campaigning around the city. “But this isn’t about what they want. They’ve gotten their way far too long. If you give me the chance, I will fight for you and your family every single day.”

    Weiner’s campaign has not said how much it is spending on the 30-second ad, which comes less than a month before the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. The New York City television market is the most expensive in the country.

    But

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  • Obama speaks out on Snowden, calls for greater transparency on surveillance

    President Barack Obama unveiled new efforts to increase transparency and “build greater confidence” about the government’s controversial surveillance efforts, acknowledging that the public’s trust has been shaken after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked details about the programs.

    “It’s not enough for me as president to have confidence in these programs,” Obama declared at a White House news conference. “The American people have to have confidence as well.”

    Among other things, Obama called for the creation of an outside task force to advise his administration on how to balance civil liberties and security issues. He also said he had directed the intelligence community to make public as much information about the spying programs as possible and directed the NSA to create a website that would be a “hub” for that information.

    “These steps are designed to make sure the American people can trust that our interests are aligned with our values,” Obama said.

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  • Weiner says he is '100 percent not' sexting anyone right now

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner said he is “one hundred percent not” having any type of online relationship right now and insisted again that his days of sexting are well behind him.

    The Democratic mayoral hopeful told NBC New York that he has not sent lewd messages or pictures to women he met online for about a year and said he wants to move on and talk about other subjects.

    "I just think at a certain point, OK, I think people know these embarrassing things about me,” Weiner said. “I think at a certain point now we have to have a conversation that goes to, alright, what else should people know?"

    The interview was Weiner's latest as he struggles to regain momentum in his bid succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ahead of the Sept. 10 primary. The former lawmaker’s poll numbers have plummeted in recent days after admitting that he continued to send sexual messages to at least three women he met online after a sexting scandal forced him out of Congress in 2011.

    Weiner said Friday he had kept no

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  • Anthony Weiner tries but fails to escape talk of sexting scandal

    NEW YORK — All Anthony Weiner wanted to do was to make a quick shopping trip to Duane Reade with his young son, but the Democratic mayoral hopeful can no longer even do that without being hounded about the sexting scandal that has derailed his bid for City Hall.

    For the past week, dozens of reporters and photographers have been camped out on the doorstep of Weiner’s apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan, yet on Thursday morning, most were gone as Weiner emerged wheeling his 18-month-old son, Jordan, in a stroller.

    But just as Weiner probably thought he was getting a brief reprieve from the media circus that has surrounded his campaign in recent days, a man wielding a tiny video camera dashed onto the sidewalk and began filming the candidate and his son.

    Weiner wore a pained expression as he declined to answer questions, and inside the store, he tried to act normally, even as the lone paparazzo filmed him through the store’s front windows. Within minutes, Weiner was out the door

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  • Christine Quinn looks to make history in her bid for NYC mayor

    NEW YORK — The same day the first details of Anthony Weiner's latest sexting escapades turned the city's mayoral race into a circus, another candidate, long considered the front-runner to replace outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was standing almost alone in an outermost section of Queens greeting voters she hopes will support her this fall.

    Even as the race has turned into a tabloid frenzy and tawdry national spectacle involving photos of Weiner's private parts and speculation about his marriage, Christine Quinn has tried to avoid her rival's personal drama and seize the moment to raise awareness of her own campaign. Quinn, the city council speaker and decidedly less flashy campaigner than the attention-grabbing Weiner, is betting that the nuts and bolts of retail campaigning and making her pitch to voters will help her ultimately prevail.

    It was barely 8 a.m. last week when Quinn walked up to the Far Rockaway subway station in Queens, the very last stop on the A subway line. From here,

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  • Weiner's spokeswoman trashes former intern in profanity-laced rant

    NEW YORK — In what will surely be another public relations nightmare for Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign, his spokeswoman went off on an epic, obscenity-laced rant against a former intern who wrote an unflattering article about her time working for the ex-congressman.

    Olivia Nuzzi, who briefly worked for Weiner’s mayoral campaign, wrote a tell-all piece for the New York Daily News describing Weiner’s staff as inexperienced and criticizing the candidate for, among other things, referring to female interns as “Monica.”

    The article enraged Barbara Morgan, Weiner’s communications director, who went off on Nuzzi during an interview with Talking Points Memo. Her profanity-laced tirade, which TPM reports was unprompted, immediately caused a sensation on Twitter, where it was compared to the infamous meltdown of a University of Maryland student who went postal on her sorority sisters for not being social enough.

    In a statement, Morgan offered her apologies to Nuzzi and said she had thought

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  • Weiner speaks out in new ad: 'Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City'

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner is out with a new ad addressing the sexting scandal that threatens to sink his mayoral campaign in which he reaffirms he has no plans to “quit” the race.

    The minute-long spot, posted Tuesday evening on Weiner’s campaign site, features the former congressman speaking directly to the camera about the state of his mayoral bid.

    "You know, sometimes people say to me, 'This campaign is pretty rough. You may want to quit.' I know there are newspaper editors and other politicians that say, ‘Boy, I wish that guy Weiner would quit,’” the Democratic mayoral hopeful says in the spot. “You don’t know New York. You certainly don’t know me. Quit isn’t the way we roll in New York City. We fight through tough things. We are a tough city.”

    The spot was released exactly one week after Weiner admitted that he continued to send sexual messages to women he met online even after he was forced out of Congress for similar online dalliances. His wife, Huma Abedin, who joined him in his

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  • Weiner insists he will survive sexting scandal

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner predicted he would survive the sexting scandal that has overwhelmed his campaign for mayor, insisting that voters are more interested in “ideas” than his personal life.

    But in an interview with the New York Daily News, the Democratic mayoral hopeful offered a vague answer when asked whether he is “sexting” with anyone now and admitted he didn’t know if more communications with women he met online would be made public between now and the Sept. 10 primary.

    “These are people who I thought were friends, people I trusted when I communicated with them. But who knows what they might do now,” Weiner told the Daily News. “But none of it is new. It's all old stuff. So I'll be in this race for at least the next 44 days. And I think I can win.”

    Asked directly if there was anyone “you are sexting now,” Weiner offered a less than definitive answer.

    “You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends, but what we're talking about is over a year ago,” Weiner replied.

    The

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