Washington (CNN) - The wife of Rep. Anthony Weiner returned home from a work trip Wednesday as her husband faced mounting pressure to resign over a "sexting" scandal that he lied about before admitting his involvement.
Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was traveling with her boss in the Middle East and Africa since June 8. Abedin, who is pregnant with the couple's first child, returned home from that trip on Wednesday morning, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of not being identified.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has some fashion advice for his former governor, Mitt Romney.
The outspoken Democrat told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the 2012 presidential hopeful has been looking "a little bit underdressed" since his neckties have began disappearing from his campaign stop wardrobe.
(CNN) - New York's state Assembly was set to vote Wednesday night on a same-sex marriage bill, but the real battle is expected to be in the Senate.
The Marriage Equality Act would grant same-sex couples equal rights to marry "as well as hundreds of rights, benefits and protections that are currently limited to married couples of the opposite sex," according to a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Two top Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they don't support extending a payroll tax cut as a way to stimulate the economy -an idea the White House is weighing– because they don't believe it helped create jobs and that money is needed to shore up Social Security and Medicare.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, who both hold GOP leadership positions, told reporters that the current high unemployment rate is proof that short-term stimulus programs, like the payroll tax reduction, don't work.
(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been released from the hospital in Houston, Texas, and expects to begin outpatient treatment soon, according to a statement released Wednesday by TIRR Memorial Hermann.
Giffords was shot in the head on January 8 during a mass shooting incident in Arizona. She is expected to move into her home in League City, Texas.FULL STORY
New York (CNN) – One New York politician considering running for President broke bread Wednesday in the Big Apple with another adamant he is not.
Presidential politics was surely one topic on the menu though as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani lunched with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, sources familiar with the meeting confirmed to CNN. The get together comes as Giuliani is said to be considering again putting his hat into the Republican presidential ring, and Christie reiterating to CNN he will not run this year for the GOP nomination.
Washington (CNN) - It was hard to miss, even if you weren't looking for it. The Republican Party - once identified and driven by its hawks - was morphing into a party driven by its bean counters.
The party that had accused Democrats of being soft on national security for decades was suddenly the party that wants out of Afghanistan yesterday - and isn't so sure we ought to have gone into Libya in the first place.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The danger of Islamic radicalization inside U.S. prisons "remains real and present," said Rep. Peter King of New York, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. But during a Wednesday hearing on the subject, others said there are only a few cases in which prison radicalization has been linked to terrorism.
"Prisons have not served as a major source of jihad radicalization," according to Bert Useem, a Purdue University sociology professor. Useem said that since the September 11 attacks, 178 Muslim Americans have been prosecuted for terrorism or related charges, but there is evidence in only 12 cases that prison radicalization was a factor.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Wednesday fumed over an ABC News report released Tuesday, which said the GOP presidential candidate had come "dangerously close" to crossing ethical lines by allowing cash to flow between his charity and one of his for-profit businesses.
Speaking on the Neal Boortz Radio Show Wednesday morning, Gingrich denied any misconduct, saying the report was a "falsehood" and the "elite media" was out to destroy him.