POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/13

Weiner Mulls Resignation

As a cache of embarrassing new photos appeared, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) “finally began considering the possibility that he may have to resign,” the New York Daily News reports.

“A source close to the congressman told the Daily News that Weiner had been adamant about keeping his seat — even as the Democratic leadership urged him to quit amid daily new revelations of reckless sexting. But the unrelenting media coverage, the demands he step down from his party’s leadership, and the appearance of more humiliating photos made Weiner realize he may not be able to bull through the crisis after all, the source said.”

Romney Becomes Clear Frontrunner Before First Debate

As Republican presidential contenders prepare for their first major debate Monday, a new Boston Globe poll in New Hampshire finds Mitt Romney running way ahead of the field. He leads with 41%, followed by Rudy Giuliani at 9%, Ron Paul at 6% and Sarah Palin at 5%.

Meanwhile, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds Romney building a modest lead at the national level as well. Romney leads with 24%, followed by Sarah Palin at 16%. All other contenders are in the single digits.

Quote of the Day

President Obama said that he designed Obamacare after Romneycare and basically made it Obamneycare.”

— Tim Pawlenty (R), quoted on Fox News Sunday, rolling out his response to Mitt Romney’s (R) argument that the Massachusetts health plan he developed is different than President Obama’s health care reform law.

 

More Weiner Pictures Surface

TMZ has uncovered new semi-nude “self-portraits” of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) which he took on his Blackberry at the House Members Gym in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building.

It’s been confirmed that Weiner sent these photos to at least one woman online.

 

Redistricting Offers Few Gains for Republicans

“On paper, the sweeping gains Republicans enjoyed last year in statehouses across the country gave the party a profound advantage in the nascent and increasingly contentious power struggle to create new Congressional districts,” the New York Times reports.

“But those gains are likely to add up to fewer than 10 seats in the House of Representatives, largely because Republicans took so many seats from Democrats in 2010 that there are not many left to change hands through redistricting… Compounding the Republicans’ problem, much of the nation’s population gains have been among Hispanics, who have tended to vote Democratic, or in areas where voters tend to be less friendly to Republicans.”

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