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Congressman Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, over a series of lewd photos he sent to women online.

"I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do, to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it," he said. "Unfortunately the distraction I have created has made that impossible, so today I am announcing my resignation from Congress so my colleagues can get back to work."

The last few weeks were an embarrassing circus for the Congressman as more and more salacious details about his personal life emerged, from purported naked photos to alleged racy chat logs, and the lawmaker was besieged by reporters. His final press conference at a senior center in Brooklyn, was no different, featuring a mix of boos and cheers as he announced his decision and a prankster from the Howard Stern show screaming questions about his sexual prowess throughout.

Weiner's decision followed an intense and highly public campaign among Democratic officials -- from the White House down -- to force his departure in the wake of the scandal. House caucus members had planned to discuss stripping of his committee assignments on Thursday before word of his resignation broke in the morning. Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), had also called on him to leave office and pressured Democrats to return his campaign donations.

Weiner had few prominent defenders by the end. President Obama told NBC that he would resign were he in Weiner's shoes. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) repeatedly demanded he step down, dismissing attempts by Weiner to buy time with a leave of absence in which to seek treatment. Members frequently expressed frustration that Weiner's ongoing scandal distracted from their policy agenda. The timing was particularly unfortunate as Democrats were finally gaining significant traction on their Medicare message, winning an upset race in New York's 26th district with a campaign focused on the issue. In an illustration of how the issue dominated coverage, several TV networks cut away from a Nancy Pelosi press conference on jobs Thursday immediately after she said she would not address Weiner's reported departure.

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Mitt Romney's given President Obama all kinds of grief for bemoaning "bumps in the road" to economic recovery. In a viral web video released this week, camp Romney creatively anthropomorphized those bumps as unemployed people still struggling after a years-long economic downturn, all of whom stood up and proclaimed, "I'm not a bump in the road."

Leave it to Romney -- net worth over $200 million -- to completely step on his own message.

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Lulz Security, a group of anonymous hackers who've kicked through the doors of some of the highest profile entities on the Internet in the past month, dumped a random set of 62,000 social media account user e-mail and password combinations online on Thursday.

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The DC media's jaw-dropping obsession with the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal will peter out when the New York congressman officially resigns this afternoon. But there's no better illustration of how this story came to consume the press than the video below.

Democrats had been prepared to up the pressure on Weiner to resign Thursday, but not before House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press availability in a large studio in the basement of the Capitol Visitors Center.

Her conference began minutes after the news of Weiner's impending resignation leaked, and so reporters and cameras scrambled to what otherwise would have been a fairly routine press event. Indeed, because Dems are in the minority, it's not uncommon for Pelosi events to be under-attended by members the media. Not this time.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who has just launched her campaign for president, is getting ready to roll out a book -- and as the New York Times reports, she will have a very interesting co-author from the ranks of conservative media.

Bachmann's assistant in writing the book will reportedly be none other than John Fund, who has made a name for himself as one of the premier Republican pushers of erroneous charges of Democratic voter fraud.

Also note that Bachmann hails from Minnesota, which was the scene to a very close Senate race and subsequent eight months of a recount and extensive litigation -- with Democrat Al Franken ultimately defeating Republican Norm Coleman by a margin of 312 votes out of nearly 2.9 million. That race continues to be a sore point among Republicans, who at the time latched onto any small piece of reasonable doubt or uncertainty, magnifying it into a smoking gun (regardless of any other hints of doubt that might run the other way). Thus, it's a good question as to whether this topic will come up in the book.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) isn't buying the White House's "Libya War isn't really a war" explanation of why they're not in violation of the War Powers Act.

Next week, he says, the House may be prepared to take action to block the administration's intervention -- and one option he's looking at is cutting off funds.

"[T]he ultimate option is the House in fact -- the Congress has the power of the purse," Boehner told reporters at a Capitol press briefing. "And certainly that is an option as well."

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