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Anthony Weiner and Wife Welcome Birth of a Son

Dimitrios Kambouris/VF11/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin welcomed the birth of their first child, Jordan Zain Weiner, on Wednesday.

The couple, who wed in 2010, has had a rough year. In June, Weiner resigned from Congress in scandal after a story broke about risque online behavior Weiner had participated in with a series of women.

Abedin, a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, gave birth 10 days before her Dec. 31 due date. The baby weighed seven pounds.

Weiner and Abedin were married on Long Island in the summer of 2010. President Bill Clinton presided over the ceremony.

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Weiner Scandal: A Victory for Women Leaders?

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The salacious sexting drama involving Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is the latest scandal to top the list of male politicians getting caught for their misbehavior.

A roundtable of prominent women joined ABC’s This Week anchor Christiane Amanpour to explore whether more women in positions of power would change this trend and the public sphere's culture.

"The mentality has to change. The world is half men and half women. The government has to reflect the world," said Cecilia Attias, the former first lady of France who was married to Nicholas Sarkozy.

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Torie Clarke said that with the prominence of such scandals, being a female leader can be an advantage in politics and the public sector.

"Often women are seen as more honest, more sincere, as harder working," Clarke said. "This may be an opportunity for more women to step into those positions."

ABC's Claire Shipman, co-author of Womenomics, says there are numerous studies that show that a company with more women in senior positions will be more profitable.

"In every decision, diversity leads to better decisions," Shipman said. "In other words, a group of all white men are not going to reach the best decision."

Referencing a quotation from Debbie Walsh, the head of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, Amanpour said, "The shorthand of it is that women run for office to do something, and men run for office to be somebody."

"I think that's absolutely right. And you just listen to different members of Congress and how they talk," said Clarke. "The female members of Congress often say, 'this is what we're trying to get done. This is where we want to be five years from now.' Versus a male member of Congress who says, 'this is what I want to do.'"

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Anthony Weiner Seeks Professional Treatment

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Anthony Weiner will not be in Washington when Congress reconvenes on Monday, as he says he is taking some time off to seek professional help.

This comes after Congressman Weiner admitted that he engaged in inappropriate electronic relationships with six women over a three year period.

A spokesperson for Weiner issued the following statement on Saturday:

“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person. In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well. Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents.”

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Twitter User Who Broke Anthony Weiner Story Remains a Mystery

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Anthony Weiner's errant public tweet of a lewd photo of himself two weeks ago may have easily gone unnoticed if it hadn't been for a single Twitter user who spotted and documented the gaffe, and shared it with the world.

Now, a week after the photo helped lead to Weiner's dramatic mea culpa, the man whom some conservatives have hailed as a harbinger and a hero remains silent.

Records show Dan Wolfe, using the Twitter alias PatriotUSA76, was the ringleader of an informal posse of conservative Twitter users known as the #bornfreecrew who, annoyed by Weiner's politics and bombastic style, scrutinized his online behavior.

"We didn't like the fact that he [Weiner] was so arrogant and that he'd come down to the floor of Congress and waste our time with his huge sandwich boards and just ripped the Republicans apart," said Mike Stack, a 39-year-old member of the #bornfreecrew who lives in New Jersey.

"As the months went by, I noticed Wolfe was very, very fixated on Weiner's followers, and a few times he said to me, 'Oh, he added this one and added this one,'" he said. "And we all noticed some of the girls were getting younger and younger, like high school age."

For months, Twitter records show, members of the group messaged some of the girls and Weiner, at times harassing them publicly for their electronic ties as they tried to ferret out any inappropriate behavior, Stack said..

On the evening of May 27, Wolfe happened to be monitoring Weiner's Twitter profile page just as the photo of bulging gray boxer briefs appeared. He excitedly messaged his group about the post and forwarded a screen grab to conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart of before Weiner quickly took it down.

"I was shocked," Wolfe told the website in a message shortly after the story broke. "I capped [screen captured] it. Capped the tweet, everything. That's all. Then I RT [retweeted]."

But as Weiner then began to insist he was a victim of a "hack" and "prank," his online supporters made Wolfe their top suspect, casting him as a political operative who acted nefariously to bring the congressman down.

Amid the intense scrutiny, Wolfe deleted his Twitter profile and Yahoo email account last week, and has stayed mostly silent and out of the spotlight since.

"I have A LOT of personal problems," Wolfe wrote to a friend on May 30 in an email chain obtained by ABC News. "If all this comes out along with everything I'm dealing with here -- I don't know what to do," he said, referring to the accusations against him.

But now, even as Weiner's admission of guilt has "vindicated" Wolfe and the #bornfreecrew of any alleged hack, they have still been subjected to threats.

"I got death threats. I got people use Google skyview to print pictures of my house, my address," Stack said. "These people say I set up Rep. Weiner, I framed him. Mediaite says I was harassing these girls."

As for Wolfe, Stack said he's gone into hiding. "I haven't heard from him since Weiner confessed," he said. "And now some of us are speculating who this guy really is. No one has ever met him in person or spoken on the phone."

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Anthony Weiner’s Wife, Huma Abedin, Is Pregnant

Dimitrios Kambouris/VF11/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York and his wife, Huma Abedin, are expecting a child, ABC News has learned.

News of the pregnancy, which was first reported by The New York Times, comes as the couple has vowed to stay together despite Weiner’s admission of risqué online chats and photo swaps with at least six other women.

Weiner and Abedin were married in a New York ceremony officiated by former President Bill Clinton 11 months ago.

Abedin, 35, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is currently traveling with her boss on an overseas trip, stopping first in Abu Dhabi and continuing to various stops in Africa.

Weiner, 46, remains in New York where he has been reaching out to Democrats to apologize for his behavior and try to save his professional career as a growing number of politicians call for his resignation.

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