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First Word: June 7, 2011

06/07/11 03:12PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Rep. Weiner faces mounting legal and ethics questions over sexting scandalDemocrats shy from Weiner as GOP seizes on scandalGOP chairman demands Weiner resignA brief history of the sex scandal press conferenceObama's post-bin Laden bounce comes to an endSarah Palin's revisionist ride read more

Rewriting the Edwards case

06/06/11 09:26PM

In tonight's Rewrite, Lawrence explained why John Edwards should be prosecuted for trying to use a million dollars of unreported money to keep his presidential campaign alive and why he should not go to prison. read more

Rep. Anthony Weiner giving a press conference in New York on Monday.

Weiner to cooperate with ethics probe

06/06/11 07:11PM

Rep. Anthony Weiner will cooperate with an ethics probe into whether he broke House rules. Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics committee investigation following Weiner’s afternoon press conference, in which he admitted to lying about scandalous pictures he sent via Twitter.The Democratic congressman from New York released the following statement, "I welcome and will fully cooperate with an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. read more

Weiner admits to tweeting lewd pic

06/06/11 05:45PM

After more than a week of denials, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner finally came clean. In what turned into a bizarre press conference of epic proportions (more on that later), Weiner admitted to sending a picture of his crotch to a young woman over Twitter."The picture was of me, I sent it," he confessed to room of reporters in Manhattan. He said he meant to send the picture as a joke, but panicked and told people he was hacked instead. Weiner called the whole thing a "hugely regrettable mistake" and apologized for lying. read more

Former Sen. Rick Santorum announcing his 2012 plans in Somerset, Pennsylvania on Monday.

Santorum doomed by news cycle

06/06/11 04:37PM

Rick Santorum is suffering a similar fate as Mitt Romney. He’s destined to be overshadowed by the day’s news cycle.The same day the former Massachusetts governor announced his plans to enter the 2012 race, Sarah Palin swept into New England on her bus, stealing the spotlight by spouting historical fiction and running away from reporters.She’s since apologized to Romney, saying "I apologize if I stepped on any of that PR that Mitt Romney needed or wanted that day," Palin said in an interview with Chris Wallace. "I do sincerely apologize. read more

First Word: June 6, 2011

06/06/11 02:42PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What headlines are you clicking on?Former Sen. Rick Santorum enters 2012 presidential raceEditing Wikipedia to make Palin right about Paul RevereRep. Paul Ryan confronted over Ayn Rand at Ralph Reed ConferenceDem senators to Biden: Ryan Medicare plan should be off the tablePrison sentence doomed John Edwards plea dealHouse Majority Leader Eric Cantor relents, agrees on timeline of debt defaultNJ GOPer premieres anti-abortion suspense flick this weekend read more

Pres. Obama & Speaker Boehner, seen here on Feb. 23, 2009 at the White House, will play golf together on June 18

Obama, Boehner to hit the links

06/03/11 08:04PM

Do you already have plans for Saturday, June 18? President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner do. The two leaders plan to play golf together, a White House official tells NBC News.So far there's been no information given on where they will play and if any other politicos will join them.President Obama extended the invitation which is politically well-timed given that Republicans have been pushing the President to take a more active role in negotiations over the budget and the debt ceiling. read more