Hunter Walker

Hunter Walker is a national affairs reporter for TPM. He came to the site in 2013 from the New York Observer. He has also written for New York Magazine, Gawker, the Village Voice, Forbes, The Daily, and Deadspin. He can be reached at hunter@talkingpointsmemo.com

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On Friday night, a still-unknown person using an internet protocol address tied to the U.S. Senate edited the Wikipedia page for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to change the description of him from "American dissident" to "American traitor."

Wikipedia allows guest users to edit pages without a username, but the IP address is shown. The IP address used by the editor who added "traitor" to the Snowden page Friday tracks to the United States Senate network, suggesting the change may have been made by a Senate member or staffer.

This same IP address was also used to edit Wikipedia pages on a line of handguns, an Uzbek city, Persian history, a tiki bar in San Francisco, Washington Post Company CEO Donald Graham, and Mitch Albom's novel The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The IP address was also used to correct a reference in an article on pork that incorrectly described the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service as a part of the FDA rather than the USDA. 

The Snowden page has been the subject of intense debate among Wikipedia's community of volunteer editors. Over 3,000 edits have been made to the page since it was created June 9.

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Sydney Leathers, the woman at the center of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's latest sexting scandal, released a porn video Monday. In an NSFW promotional trailer advertising the "fully nude video," Leathers describes her role in the scandal and poses with a mock "Weinergate" newspaper front page.

"I'm Sydney Leathers. Anthony Weiner and I had a "sexting" relationship for several months, and that came out in the press, so here I am," Leathers says in the clip. "We had phone sex several times a week while this was going on. We did send each other pictures. They were pretty much all nude."

The video was released on the website of the adult entertainment company Vivid. Downloads start at $4.95 for a "four day trial membership" to the Vivid site, which also features "celebrity sex tapes" made by Kim Kardashian and Pamela Anderson. 

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For the last three weeks, news outlets in Utah have been reporting on a mysterious criminal case involving a sheriff's deputy, his wife, and his father, who is the local fire chief in Moab, UT. However, the exact circumstances of the alleged crime have remained unknown to the general public, even after the Utah attorney general took over the case due to potential conflicts of interest stemming from the family's extensive ties to the local government in their hometown.

Now, police records obtained by TPM, reveal for the first time that this case allegedly began with a love triangle involving a father and son that ultimately ended in a booze-fueled night of rage and murderous threats.

The son, Timothy "TJ" Brewer, was initially charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, two counts of domestic violence in front a child, assault on a police officer, intoxication, and disorderly conduct. After an investigation by the sheriff of another county, the Utah attorney general last week reduced the charges against Brewer to two misdemeanors: assault and assault against a peace officer. Those charges remain pending.

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In an interview with the Daily Beast published Friday, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested Tea Partiers are the "same group" who fought for segregation during the Civil Rights movement. 

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“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked," Rangel said.

Because of this, Rangel said the Tea Party could be defeated using the same tactics employed against Jim Crow. 

"It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break,” said Rangel. 

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Anthony Weiner was asked why he chose a Hispanic name, specifically the alias "Carlos Danger," to use during some of his explicit online chats in an interview with Univision Thursday.

"It was a joke in my personal life between me and one person," Weiner said referring to Sydney Leathers, the woman who released the contents of her chats with Weiner where he used the sobriquet. 

"I'm not going to comment on anything about the information that that person has chosen to release," Weiner added. 

Weiner previously claimed not to understand when he was asked about the roots of his "Carlos Danger" alias. 

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Anthony Weiner told reporters Wednesday that he is still working with his communications director after she called a former intern a "slutbag" in a curse-filled rant Tuesday, according to the New York Post. Reporters asked Weiner whether the communications director, Barbara Morgan, was still working with him Wednesday.

"You bet," Weiner said, according to the Post. 

Morgan has since apologized for her comments, which were provoked by stories the ex-intern, Olivia Nuzzi, wrote about her time on the campaign.

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Anthony Weiner's Communications Director Barbara Morgan is ponying up to the "Swear Jar."

Morgan used her Twitter page to craft a mea culpa for her curse-filled rant Tuesday in which she referred to a former intern who wrote unflattering stories about the Weiner campaign as a "slut bag," "cunt," and "twat," among other terms.

"Not my best day yesterday. Should've known better, been better. Gotta pay up," Morgan wrote alongside a picture of a "Swear Jar" stuffed with large denomination dollar bills and credit cards.

Morgan also has said she apologized to the intern, Olivia Nuzzi, for her comments. Nuzzi wrote on her own Twitter page Wednesday that she accepted Morgan's apology.

See Morgan's Tweet below:

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On Wednesday morning, Anthony Weiner's former intern Olivia Nuzzi said she accepted an apology she received from the Weiner campaign aide who called her a "slutbag" in an expletive-filled rant to TPM yesterday. 

"As to Barbara Morgan's apology, of course I accept it," Nuzzi wrote on Twitter.

Morgan's comments came after Nuzzi penned stories that were published in the Daily News and on the website of the magazine NSFWCORP that painted an unflattering picture of the Weiner campaign. In response, Morgan told TPM she planned to sue Nuzzi, who she described as a "cunt" and "twat," among other terms. 

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Tuesday was an angry day in Weinerland.

The campaign staff awoke to see their former intern, Olivia Nuzzi, on the front cover of the Daily News. Inside the paper was an article bylined by Nuzzi in which she told a rather unflattering tale of her experience working on Anthony Weiner's mayoral bid.

Now, Team Weiner is firing back. TPM called Weiner's communications director Barbara Morgan to discuss an unrelated story Tuesday and she went off on a curse-filled rant about Nuzzi, describing her as a fame hungry "bitch" who "sucked" at her job. Morgan also called Nuzzi a "slutbag," "twat," and "cunt" while threatening to sue her.

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