June 16 - U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, embroiled in a sex scandal for sending lewd photos of himself to women over the Internet, announces his resignation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, snared in a humiliating flap for sending lewd photos of himself to women online, resigned from Congress on Thursday, ending a weeks-long scandal that made his fellow Democrats cringe. Once seen as a rising star among Democrats and widely expected to run for New York City mayor, the Democrat became the third member of the Congress this year to step down over a sex scandal. Weiner's resignation marks a remarkable fall from grace for a politician who in 1992 became New York's youngest-ever City Council member at 27 and who has been a leading liberal voice in the U.S. House of Representatives. An unabashed liberal, Weiner was known for his forceful debating and acerbic wit. He had friends in high places too. Weiner, 46, is married to Huma Abedin, 35, an aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a ceremony officiated by former President Bill Clinton. Ironically for someone who had successfully used social media such as Twitter and Facebook to boost his political brand, Weiner's fall was prompted when he accidentally posted publicly via Twitter a closeup of his bulging underpants. Since then more and more lewd pictures of the lawmaker have surfaced, making him daily fodder for tabloids and late-night comedians. Weiner's name only made matters worse. Under pressure from President Barack Obama and both major political parties, Weiner had previously insisted he would seek treatment and take a "short leave" of absence from the House.