The New York Post calls for Anthony Weiner to resign: “Fall on your sword, Weiner” is the Post’s cover.
The New York Daily News dubs him the “Pee Wee Herman of Congress” and its cover: “Putz’s porn star.”
The New York Times: “Mr. Weiner spent much of the past 24 hours apologizing over and over to stunned Congressional colleagues and Democratic leaders angry at him for misleading them and the public. Even neighboring House Democrats seemed shaken, with many of them worrying that worse disclosures may still surface. In a tense telephone call with Mr. Weiner, during which he apologized, Representative Nydia M. Velázquez of Brooklyn scolded him, as she recalled: ‘How can you explain that somebody can be so smart but so stupid?’”
“Asked if Mr. Weiner should resign, she replied, ‘The most important thing in this business is credibility.’”
“A full 51% of city voters think Weiner should not be forced to resign his Queens-Brooklyn House seat, a New York 1-Marist poll taken hours after the congressman fessed to sext-capades found,” The New York Daily News writes. “However, 56% think the ambitious politician should not run for Gracie Mansion in 2013, a depressing total for a candidate many political observers had pegged as the front-runner before the scandal broke.”
“Rep. Anthony Weiner insisted he will not resign, but a cloud now looms over the New York Democrat’s once-bright political future,” Roll Call reports. “His New York City mayoral ambitions are all but dead, and his hold on his Congressional seat is in jeopardy.”
“While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short of calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign, her demand for an ethics investigation into his online affairs clearly signaled that her Caucus thinks it's time for him to go,” Roll Call writes. “Democrats said Pelosi's unprecedented decision to swiftly call for an ethics investigation — and her harsh words for the New York Democrat — has sent a not-so-subtle sign that leadership does not want to see a protracted scandal at a time when Democrats are battling for control of the House.”
“When John Boehner rose from Minority Leader to Speaker in January, he not only expanded his staff and his paycheck, he more than doubled the expense-account check he cashes each month,” Roll Call writes. He receives a direct payment from taxpayers each month of $2,083.33, up from $833 a month. “Boehner now appears to be the only Member of the House accepting this money in direct payments each month.”
“Republicans want a short-term increase to the debt ceiling if the talks led by Vice President Biden do not produce sufficient spending cuts, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday,” The Hill reports.
How strong is the Snooki Lobby? “Republicans have targeted for repeal a tax on tanning-bed services meant to offset costs of the new healthcare law,” The Hill reports.
“Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and one-time White House chief of staff Andy Card have joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s campaign against burdensome regulations,” The Hill notes. “Bayh and Card will travel around the United States to provide a “bipartisan message on regulatory reform” through speeches, events and media appearances, according to a memo that was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.”