Let Me Start: Sexts and the City

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New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin attend a news conference in New York, July 23, 2013.
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin attend a news conference in New York, July 23, 2013.
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There’s lots of news this morning in the Anthony Weiner sex-texting scandal. First, Anthony Weiner has released a new campaign video vowing to stay in the race. Next, Politico is reporting Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin is taking a break from her job with Hillary Clinton, though sources say it’s not a leave of absence. People magazine is reporting Abedin nearly left Weiner when she learned of the new round of texts, but stayed in the marriage because of their son. And a Weiner campaign aide is apologizing for an offensive tirade against a former intern. As Weiner’s problems multiply, it looks increasingly likely that this campaign will end very badly.

Meanwhile, the other race in New York City – between Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer for city comptroller – is getting ugly as well.

GOP Civil War: Texas Senator Ted Cruz is taking his fight to fellow Republicans who refuse to defund Obamacare.

Secretary of State John Kerry says his goal is a Mideast peace deal within nine months.

Sentencing begins today for Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was acquitted of aiding the enemy in the Wikileaks case, but convicted in a military court on six espionage charges, and most of the other charges he faced.

Let Me Start: Sexts and the City

Updated