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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.