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The Fix’s best/worst political scandal press conferences

The Fix’s best/worst political scandal press conferences

Note: This item was originally published back in June of 2011. We are resurfacing it today in light of Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, who just made a strong case for inclusion on this list with his Thursday press conference.

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D) press conference on Monday in New York City was one for the ages.

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Watch Lawrence O’Donnell vs. Anthony Weiner: ‘What is wrong with you?’ (VIDEO)

Watch Lawrence O’Donnell vs. Anthony Weiner: ‘What is wrong with you?’ (VIDEO)

For seven awkward minutes, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and former congressman Anthony Weiner (D) sparred Monday in a contentious exchange which kicked off with O’Donnell asking Weiner: “What is wrong with you?”

Weiner, who seemed to be caught by surprise, replied, “I don’t understand. What is wrong with me that I care so much about the issues that I fight for every day, that I have for my entire career?”

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Anthony Weiner hits rock bottom or does he? (VIDEO)

Anthony Weiner hits rock bottom   or does he? (VIDEO)

Updated at 4:52 p.m.: The Weiner campaign this hour released a longer video which shows the man provoking Weiner, calling him a “scumbag” and adding, “And you’re married to an Arab” as Weiner tried to shrug off his remarks. The video from the campaign is below and the original post follows.

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The highs and lows of Anthony Weiner's BuzzFeed interview

The highs and lows of Anthony Weiner's BuzzFeed interview

When Buzzfeed first scheduled its August interview with Anthony Weiner, he was leading the polls in the New York mayoral race. Monday, when Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith sat down with Weiner, things were much different.

The past few weeks have seen a major drop in polls after Weiner confessed to yet another online relationship with a woman who is not his wife. While Weiner attempted to tout his ideas for the city, he remained mostly on the defensive during the BuzzFeed interview, either ducking or colliding with questions that begged for some sort of gaffe or breakdown.

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GOP finds its own 'War on Women'

GOP finds its own 'War on Women'

In 2012, Democrats' constant refrain that the Republican party was in the midst of a "war on women" left the GOP -- all the way up to presidential nominee Mitt Romney -- exasperated at what they called a gross mischaracterization. Now Republicans are embracing the term as a way of reminding voters of Democratic men who have cheated, sexted, and harassed.

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Did Huma Abedin's appearance with Anthony Weiner matter? Maybe not.

Did Huma Abedin's appearance with Anthony Weiner matter? Maybe not.

Perhaps the most striking part of Anthony Weiner's news conference Tuesday was that he wasn't the only one who spoke. Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, vouched for her husband in no uncertain terms, after he acknowledged that he engaged in sexually explicit online conversations even after resigning from Congress.

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David Letterman's top 10 ways not to open a news conference (VIDEO)

Anything that begins with, "Allow me to introduce the entire Danger family" is probably headed downhill:

Anthony Weiner's increasing irrelevance

Anthony Weiner's increasing irrelevance

Anthony Weiner began this week, somewhat remarkably, as a serious candidate to be the next mayor of New York City. He ends it struggling for relevance in a race that is passing him by as he continues to battle his own self-inflicted wounds.

Weiner's ever-changing story regarding the number of women with whom -- and when -- he exchanged lewd online communiques has turned what looked like a story of political redemption into a story of political hubris. Put slightly differently: We Americans love second acts in public life. But no one really likes a really long first act with a remarkably predictable plot. And that's what Weiner turned into this week.

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Jimmy Fallon envisions Carlos Danger's Facebook page (VIDEO)

NBC's Jimmy Fallon learns a little bit more about Anthnoy Weiner's online pseudonym:

The story of Huma and Anthony -- in 8 striking images

The story of Huma and Anthony -- in 8 striking images

Anthony Weiner's press conference on Tuesday was one for the ages.

Weiner, who is currently running to be the mayor of New York City, admitted to sending lewd pictures to random women even after that behavior had cost him his House seat. Despite that revelation, Weiner refused to drop out of the race as both he and his wife, former Hillary Clinton senior aide Huma Abedin, insisted that the past was behind them (in the words of Pumbaa the wart hog).

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The best Carlos Danger tweets

The best Carlos Danger tweets

News quickly spread Tuesday that Anthony Weiner had allegedly used the pseudonym "Carlos Danger" while conducting an online relationship with a woman.

The ridiculous nom de plume was kibble for Twitter users, who have spent much of the last 24 hours attempting to top each other for the best/funniest Carlos Danger tweet.

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Huma Abedin puts herself on the line for Weiner's mayoral bid

Huma Abedin puts herself on the line for Weiner's mayoral bid

For decades, the wives of politicians have stood silently beside them as they held news conferences in the midst of scandals. But on Tuesday night, Huma Abedin, the wife of Anthony Weiner, did something extraordinary: she spoke, at some length.

Abedin, who confessed at the start of her remarks she was "a little nervous," delivered a personal and poignant defense of her husband, who resigned his House seat two years ago after admitting he had sent lewd tweets to young women. Now, as he seeks to become New York's mayor, he was forced to acknowledge he continued to engage in online sex chats with a 22-year-old woman last year even after such behavior had forced him from office.

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The danger of 'Carlos Danger'

The danger of 'Carlos Danger'

Anthony Weiner basically knew this day would come: the day his sexual chats with women who were not his wife are released for all in the public to view.

But one of the most damning aspects of the whole episode over the past 24 hours -- in addition to the bombshell admission that he kept engaging in these relationships after his resignation -- is the irresistible shorthand we all now have for Weiner's indiscretions:

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Eliot Spitzer and the anatomy of an apology ad

Eliot Spitzer and the anatomy of an apology ad

Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer wants you to know he erred. But much more than that, he wants you to know that he has been the scourge of Wall Street.

In what's become a template for apology ads, Spitzer's first commercial in his campaign for New York City comptroller briefly mentions the elephant in the room, but devotes the lion's share of the ad's time to his chief selling point. Disgraced politicians Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner more or less used the same approach.

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Jay Leno on the best (worst?) of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner (VIDEO)

With Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner leading in the polls in their respective campaigns, what would an ideal New York City candidate would look like? NBC's Jay Leno think has has it figured out.

Jimmy Fallon on Joe Biden and Anthony Weiner (VIDEO)

ABC's NBC's Jimmy Fallon looks at some real (and not-so-real) quotes from Vice President Biden and former congressman Anthony Weiner.

Anthony Weiner's rocky restart

Anthony Weiner's rocky restart

Anthony Weiner announced late Tuesday that he would run for mayor of New York. He's received a lot of attention in his first few days back in politics. But much of it hasn't been the good kind.

Since kicking off his bid for political redemption, the former congressman, who resigned from the House after sending lewd photos to women online has quickly run into some speed bumps.

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Why the 'Mark Sanford=Anthony Weiner' equation doesn't add up

Why the 'Mark Sanford=Anthony Weiner' equation doesn't add up

Mark Sanford is back, proving that scandal doesn't have to be a knockout blow in politics.

That sounds like good news for Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman thinking about his own comeback. But the reality is that if Weiner runs for mayor of New York, he would likely face more difficult challenges.

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What Anthony Weiner could learn from Mark Sanford

What Anthony Weiner could learn from Mark Sanford

Anthony Weiner says he will soon decide whether to run for mayor of New York. As the former congressman weighs the pros and cons, he might want to keep an eye on Mark Sanford's comeback attempt in South Carolina.

There is a lesson in Sanford's bid for Weiner, who in a round of recent media interviews offered uncertainty about whether the public had heard the last detail about the interactions he had online with women, which led to his downfall in 2011. The lesson: It's not just what's already out there that you have to worry about.

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The six best political comeback stories

The six best political comeback stories

Political comebacks are all the rage right now.

Once mired in the depths of scandal, Mark Sanford has a good shot of returning to elected office in South Carolina. And former congressman Anthony Weiner, who's career came crashing down dramatically after lewd photos surfaced on Twitter, is openly considering running for mayor of New York City.

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The best of the New York Times' Anthony Weiner profile

The New York Times Magazine is out with an exhaustive profile of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Both talk about their marriage, their future and of course, the scandal that drove Weiner from office two years ago. Read it all -- but in case you won't here's what you should know.

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Anthony Weiner’s comeback: How soon is too soon?

Just 13 months after succumbing to scandal that involved pictures of his crotch being broadcast for the world to see and repeated lies about it, those close to former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) are already talking about a comeback.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) speaks to the media regarding a lewd photo tweet May 31, 2011, on Capitol Hill. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The New York Post got the ball rolling on the chatter this weekend, and the New York Times followed with a story Monday citing Weiner’s friends, who said he was weighing his options when it comes to a run for either New York City public advocate or even mayor in 2013.

Nobody doubts that politicians can overcome scandals involving sex and lies; we’ve seen it at the highest levels (Bill Clinton, anyone?).

But the question for Weiner is how soon is too soon.

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The New York special election: Will Democrats panic?

In the wake of Rep.-elect Bob Turner’s (R) upset victory in the special election in New York’s 9th district on Tuesday night, the prevailing question among Democrats will almost certainly be: Is it time to push the panic button?


(Rep.-elect Bob Turner (R) celebrates his win in New York’s 9th district special election Tuesday night.)
There’s little debate that the seat that will now occupied by Turner was one Democrats could have and should have won. It had been in Democratic hands for more than eight decades and was carried by President Obama by 11 points in 2008. And Democrats had a three-to-one registration advantage in the district.

Why they didn’t win is a matter of debate, but expect the after-action analysis to focus on the fact that Republicans (and former Democratic New York City mayor Ed Koch, who endorsed Turner) cast the race as a referendum on Obama.

That perception, which national Democratic leaders will do everything they can to beat back today, is a dangerous one for already-skittish Democrats concerned about how the still-staggering economy and the president’s unpopularity will impact them next fall.

It’s compounded by the fact that Democrats came nowhere close to winning another House special election in Nevada on Tuesday. At one point party strategists had seen a path to victory there too.

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What’s at stake in the New York special election?

The special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) in a Brooklyn-Queens House seat wasn’t supposed to be close.


The resignation of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has caused a competitive special election to replace him in New York’s 9th district. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
After all, this is a seat long held by Democrats — including the likes of now Sen. Chuck Schumer and former Rep. Liz Holtzman — and one that President Obama carried by 11 points just three years ago.

But, all sides now agree that today’s contest between state Assemblyman David Weprin (D) and businessman Bob Turner (R) is a nip-and-tuck affair with Democrats privately pessimistic about their chances. (Make sure to offer your own guess on the outcome in our Fix prediction contest.)

So what does the tightness of the race — and the possibility of a Turner upset — tell us about the political landscape?

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Special elections reveal a fickle electorate

Republicans are citing their momentum in two special elections being held Tuesday as evidence that the national political environment has shifted against Democrats and President Obama.


Assemblyman David Weprin is in a surprisingly close race for a House seat in New York. (Ken Goldfield - AP Photo)
Four months ago, Democrats made the same argument about the GOP’s liabilities during their own win in an upstate New York special election.

And they are both right. Kind of.

The two competing storylines coming out of very different special elections just 130 days apart shows just how fickle American voters are right now.

They also demonstrate that any Republican momentum should be seen as momentary, and that the electorate four months hence could just as well revert back to punishing Republicans.

Meanwhile, all eyes Tuesday will be on whether the GOP can truly steal the seat of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and keep that of now-Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.).

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