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June 16th, 2011
12:39 PM ET

What Wolf's reading: Thursday, June 16, 2011

Each day, Wolf Blitzer scours several news sources to stay on top of the day's most important stories. Below are some of his top recommended reads for today. Tune in from 5- 7 PM on CNN for the latest on these stories and more.

CNN: Weiner to resign after 'sexting' scandal, source says
Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York will heed calls from across the political spectrum and resign over a "sexting" scandal that he lied about before admitting his involvement, a Democratic source with knowledge of the congressman's plans said Thursday. Weiner has scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference in his home district, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she planned to issue a statement on her Democratic colleague after that.

CNN: Al-Zawahiri appointed al Qaeda's new leader, jihadist websites say
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the longtime deputy to Osama bin Laden, will take over leadership of al Qaeda, according to a statement posted on jihadist websites Thursday. "Hereby the General Command of the Qaeda al-Jihad - and after the end of the consultations - we declare that Sheikh Dr. Abu Muhammad Ayman al-Zawahiri (may God bless him) will take over the responsibility of command of the group," the statement said, attributed to al Qaeda's "general command."

TIME: Outsiders vs. Insiders: The Struggle for the Soul of the GOP
"Barack Obama has failed America," Mitt Romney said unequivocally at his first New Hampshire town meeting, repeating the signature line of his presidential-campaign announcement speech a day earlier. Unequivocal is not a word that traditionally has been associated with the former Massachusetts governor, but that was then, and the retooled edition of candidate Romney is much improved. He proceeded to lay out the economic case against Obama: 16 million out of work, home values collapsed, higher gas and food prices.

New York Times: White House Defends Continuing U.S. Role in Libya Operation
The White House, pushing hard against criticism in Congress over the deepening air war in Libya, asserted Wednesday that President Obama had the authority to continue the military campaign without Congressional approval because American involvement fell short of full-blown hostilities. In a 38-page report sent to lawmakers describing and defending the NATO-led operation, the White House said the mission was prying loose Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s grip on power.

Washington Post: Some Republican freshmen in Congress hold major debt, disclosure forms show
Members of the firebrand class of Republican freshmen on Capitol Hill – elected on a pledge to attack the U.S. debt problem – have, in some cases, accumulated tens of thousands of dollars in personal debt, according to financial documents released Wednesday. Among the 87 new GOP members of Congress, the documents show, at least 30 had liabilities totaling $50,000 or more in 2010.

New York Times: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Fights to Keep His Job

Pakistan’s army chief, the most powerful man in the country, is fighting to save his position in the face of seething anger from top generals and junior officers since the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, according to Pakistani officials and people who have met the chief in recent weeks.

CNN: Gates, Mullen say U.S. must work with Pakistan despite rocky road
The nation's top military man warned Wednesday that the United States must continue to work with Pakistan as a partner despite years of mistrust. Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen did not directly refer to the latest point of tension between the countries: Pakistani authorities' arrests of people who provided assistance and information before the successful raid on the Osama bin Laden compound and the killing of the al Qaeda leader.

CNN: Greek PM fights to save government amid crisis and anger
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou tried to embolden his parliamentary deputies Thursday by telling them to stand fast to the task of rebuilding Greece under a new government, yet to be announced. "We must not flee the battle, however difficult. I have faith in our MPs, in our movement, in our historical political party. You can rely on me and I will rely on you. We will get Greece out of this crisis," Papandreou said.


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  1. Wiley Frazier

    Wolf,just watched your report on Newts wife and the wholesale walkout of his staff.Everyone seems to have forgotten that this was the "other woman"in a disgusting affair and this was the woman who basically told reporters when questioned about the affair that she did what she wanted and got what she went after.Why does it surprise anyone that the woman is showing her true colors as a very self centered person and also remember that the female in an affair and afterwards will be the worst for demanding that her wishes be followed regardless of the consequences and will threaten to divulge private information at the drop of a hat if she feels that her position is threatened.This type is not known for sharing,compassion,or realizing that others count sometimes?Call a pot a pot and realize you are expecting behavior that this type of person is incapable of expressing.I'm a little surprised that your staff mental health people aren't telling you these things.This is fairly consistent behavior on both parties part in a post affair relationship(not ever very healthy).I believe you will see worse as the pressures of a campaign begin to wear on both of them.Implosion may be a foregone conclusion.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  2. WETFUSE13485

    It is just crazy that the media made such a thing about this issue that is obviously a private issue to me and others that care more about the country than what a Congressman does on a social media network. Yes he lied about texting and sending messages to these women. If he was smart, he would have never answered your questions either way because no one has to answer you just because where a press badge. This man is leaving his job because of something that he did on his private time. How many of you at CNN would lose your jobs for miss reporting and just all out lying about things that you report to the public but you can hide behind the word "Your Sources"!!

    I have seen it in combat, when reports would come out from the media that we knew personally was false but then you reports can call the name of "Sources told us". Well we know that is your cover. This man is going to loose alot of his time explaining something that should only be spoken about to his wife. I hate the idea that you and others in the media think that you deserve a answer on anything that you ask because the American People want to know. Well your forced this on us when most of us did not care. We have a debt issue, congress fighting and not working together, terrorist that want to destroy this nation and you want to cover a story that is truly meaningless. You should be ashamed of yourself.. and I can put you and other media in the same group as FOX News... Soap Opera News Reporting...

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    June 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Wiley Frazier

      The man allowed his private life to become public by using the most public of forums to tweet obscene pictures of himself.If you are not aware Tweeter is an open forum and the question became one of his mental health and ability to make controlled decisions when he obviously has no control over himself.TWEETER IS A PUBLIC FORUM LIKE A SOAPBOX IN THE PARK!Would you want someone in your park exposing himself in front of the public and would you consider that person capable of making rational decisions?Doubtful.Add to this the flippancy with which he tried to cover up the story and you will see that this also indicates someone who may have trouble making reasoned decisions in a very important,very public situation.The man was not the local butcher,he was a congressman.Decision making skills are critical in this career though we don't seem to see it much anymore.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm |

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