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  • Cory Booker not headed to Iowa, despite reports

    Cory Booker to Iowa? Not according to his campaign.

    A spokesman for the New Jersey Senate candidate denied a report Monday that Booker was headed to the pivotal presidential caucus state for a speech next month.

    As The Daily Beast first reported, the University of Iowa’s website said Booker was to speak to the student body Aug. 29 during the school’s “welcome back week” festivities.

    That’s barely two weeks after the Aug. 13 Democratic primary for the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Frank Lautenberg, who died in June. The winner of the primary heads to the general election set for Oct. 16.

    But Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for Booker, told Yahoo News his boss was “absolutely not going” to Iowa.

    “It is not on the campaign’s calendar and never was,” Griffis said, adding that the campaign had reached out to the University of Iowa to remove the event from its website.

    It’s unclear how the event was scheduled. A spokesperson for the University of Iowa did not immediately

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  • Weiner insists he's staying in NYC mayoral race

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner continues to insist he won’t drop his bid for mayor in spite of a sexting controversy that has consumed his campaign and sent his poll numbers plummeting.

    “You’re stuck with me,” the former congressman told the Staten Island Advance in an interview.

    Weiner said that his decision to weather the controversy instead of exiting the campaign is proof that he would be a strong mayor.

    "I'm going to be a successful mayor because of it, because it's going to give me a level of independence," Weiner said. "I'm not constructing a campaign around the approval of my peers. I'm constructing a campaign around the aspirations of my neighbors."

    The interview came as Danny Kedem, Weiner’s campaign manager, abruptly exited the campaign only days after it was revealed that the former lawmaker had continued to send sexual messages to women he met online even after a sexting controversy forced him out of Congress in June 2011.

    Weiner admitted last week that he had sent lewd messages

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  • Anthony Weiner's campaign manager reportedly quits

    NEW YORK—Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager reportedly quit Saturday amid turmoil over the mayoral hopeful’s admission that he exchanged lewd messages with women he met online even after a sexting scandal forced him out of Congress.

    Citing unnamed sources, the New York Times reported late Saturday that Danny Kedem, Weiner’s campaign manager, had resigned. A spokeswoman for Weiner did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment from Yahoo News.

    The development comes after a tumultuous week for Weiner, who admitted Tuesday that he had continued to send raunchy messages and lewd photos to women he met online long after he left Congress.

    On Thursday, Weiner estimated that he had exchanged sexual messages with at least three women after he resigned from office in June 2011—including Sydney Leathers, a 22-year-old Indiana woman who went public last week with the messages and photos she received from Weiner.

    The revelations sent Weiner’s poll numbers plummeting and raised questions

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  • Christine Quinn calls Weiner scandal 'a circus'

    NEW YORK — For the third day in a row, mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn took aim at rival Anthony Weiner, arguing his admission that he continued to send sexual messages to women he met online after he left Congress has become a distraction from real issues in the race for City Hall.

    Speaking to reporters at an event where she was touting a plan to expand transportation service around the city, Quinn called the scandal enveloping Weiner’s campaign “a circus” — though she again stopped short of suggesting he quit the race.

    “It’s sad the mayor’s race has become such a circus,” Quinn declared. “We really need to have a real race about things that matter to voters. Congressmember Weiner has shown just a pattern of reckless behavior, an inability to tell the truth, and what New Yorkers deserve is a mayor with a record of delivering for them, of vision, and a level of maturity and responsibility. … I just really want the race to get back to those kind of conversations, and not the circus that

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  • Weiner admits to sexting more women as poll shows his popularity has plummeted

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner admitted that he exchanged sexual messages with at least three more women after a sexting scandal forced him out of Congress two years ago.

    The revelation came as a new poll found the Democratic mayoral hopeful’s popularity has plummeted after he admitted that he continued to send salacious online messages to women who were not his wife as late as last summer.

    A Wall Street Journal/Marist/NBC 4 New York poll found Weiner’s favorability number among registered Democrats in New York dropped from 52 percent in June to 30 percent in a poll conducted on Wednesday after the latest messages were made public. Fifty-five percent of Democrats now say they have an unfavorable impression of Weiner, compared to 36 percent last month.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also weighed in on Thursday, calling Weiner's behavior "reprehensible" and "disrespectful to women." Pelosi and other party leaders pushed Weiner to resign from Congress in 2011 after evidence of his sexting

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  • Weiner's rivals split on whether he should exit NYC mayoral race

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner’s rivals were split Wednesday on whether the ex-lawmaker should drop his bid for mayor after he admitted that he continued to send sexual messages to women he met online even after he was forced out of Congress over the issue.

    Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker who has been statistically tied with Weiner in recent Democratic primary polls, said the latest revelations called into question whether Weiner has the “maturity and judgment” to lead. But she stopped short of calling for him to exit the race, saying that was a “decision for him to make.”

    "The circus that former Congressman Weiner has brought to the race in the last two months has been a disservice to New Yorkers who are actually looking for someone who has the judgment and maturity to lead this city and a mayor who has the record of actually delivering that,” Quinn said at a Wednesday morning press conference. “Being mayor of New York is a serious business and it demands a serious leader.

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  • Anthony Weiner, flanked by wife, apologizes for sending more lewd messages after resignation

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner confirmed Tuesday that he was behind a series of newly released explicit messages sent to a woman who was not his wife more than a year after a sexting scandal forced him out of Congress in 2011.

    Flanked by his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Weiner acknowledged in a press conference Tuesday evening that he continued to send the messages even after he had resigned from Congress,. He said the issue was now "behind" him and that he was no longer in touch with any online paramours.

    The generally press-shy Abedin surprised the room by reading a brief statement of support for her husband after Weiner's prepared comments. "Anthony has made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress and after," Abedin said, appearing emotional. "But I do strongly believe that that's between us." Abedin added that she's forgiven him after much therapy and wants to move forward. "Our marriage, like many others, has had its ups and its downs."

    The

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  • Officer who released Marathon bombing suspect photos relieved of duty; legal impact of photos' release unclear

    A Massachusetts State Police sergeant was relieved of duty on Thursday after he gave graphic photos documenting the surrender of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Boston Magazine. And the release of the photos could have an impact on the case.

    Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer for the state police, documented the capture of a bloodied Tsarnaev as he emerged from a boat parked in the backyard of a home in Watertown, Mass., on April 19—four days after the deadly bombings, which killed three and injured more than 260.

    Murphy released 14 photos he took during the manhunt to Boston Magazine after being angered by the cover image of Tsarnaev on Rolling Stone magazine, which some have said depicts the bombing suspect in a softer light. The photo, which was taken from one of Tsarnaev’s social media accounts, has also been published in The New York Times and other media outlets.

    Murphy told the magazine his photos, which show Tsarnaev bloodied and with the laser of a

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  • Christine Quinn launches first ad in NYC mayoral race

    NEW YORK — Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn unveiled her first television ad Thursday, arguing that she’s the candidate in the best position to help the middle class and that her record proves it.

    The 30-second spot, which will air on the city’s four network affiliates and on cable TV, is the first major television campaign by one of the Democratic mayoral candidates ahead of the September primary. (Supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis, who is seeking the Republican nomination, has been running ads for months.)

    “Middle class and working families are the heart of New York, and they’re who I fight for every day,” Quinn, who is speaker of the City Council, says in the spot. “While others talk about fighting for the middle class, I’ve been doing it.”

    Quinn cites, among other things, her efforts on the council to pass a living wage law, create affordable housing and pass balanced budgets without increasing taxes.

    The ad comes just hours after a new New York Times/Siena College poll found

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  • Bloomberg's latest anti-obesity effort encourages New Yorkers to take the stairs

    NEW YORK—Mayor Michael Bloomberg has gone after supersized sodas and transfats in his quest to curb obesity in New York. Now, in his final months in office, he’s targeting elevators.

    On Wednesday, Bloomberg unveiled a new initiative that would encourage office workers to take the stairs instead of the elevator and promote the idea of “active design” in new and renovated buildings in the city, including open stairwells and floor plans that would force people to walk more during the day.

    “Exercise is good for you,” Bloomberg declared at a press conference announcing the new design initiative.

    The plan includes the creation of the Center for Active Design, a nonprofit group partly funded by the city that would suggest design changes in New York buildings and around the world to promote more physical activity.

    For existing buildings, the mayor said he would also introduce legislation that would relax city codes that usually require doors leading to stairwells to be closed or locked in case

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