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Until today, the world had not heard a peep from the once-loquacious Anthony Weiner for nearly two years. In a June 2011 press conference, the married, then-congressman owned up to a number of inappropriate email relationships, and a tangled web of lies he had spun to conceal them.
"The person I experienced was deeply ambivalent and very unsure about whether he actually wants to run for office again," said Jonathan Van Meter who interviewed Weiner for a New York Times Magazine article published online Wednesday.
Sen. Rand Paul walked into the auditorium at Howard University's business school with an olive branch.
"A Republican came to Howard," the Kentucky senator told the assembled audience of mostly African-American students. "But he came in peace."
First Lady Michelle Obama took a rare step into politics Wednesday, making an emotional speech condemning gun violence that has wounded her hometown of Chicago.
"Hadiya Pendleton was me. I was Hadiya Pendleton," an emotional Michelle Obama said Wednesday, speaking of the 15-year-old student who was killed in Chicago one week after travelling to Washington to participate in President Obama's Inauguration in January.
By Jake Tapper and Jennifer Rizzo
Imagine the North Korean regime has toppled, either because the U.S. or South Korea take it out, or because of a coup, and the U.S. has to surge troops to secure the country's nuclear stockpiles to make sure they do not fall into the wrong hands.
The frightening scenario was played out at the U.S. Army War College recently, and it did not end well. The military sets the scene in the fictitious land of "North Brownland," essentially an alias for North Korea.
Weeks ago, virtually no one thought it would happen, but it now seems possible Congress could enact new gun regulations, even against the wishes of powerful gun groups like the National Rifle Association.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin have struck a bargain to expand background checks to firearms bought at gun shows and on the internet. But it is unclear how many of Toomey's Republican colleagues will vote for the bipartisan plan. Toomey said a number of them have expressed interest.
"But I don't know in the end how many will support it," said Toomey.