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Monday
Sep102012

President Obama Gets Post-Convention ‘Boost’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — President Obama is hoping to get a boost from Florida voters, but on Sunday he may have gotten more of a lift than he bargained for.

Making a surprise stop at the Big Apple Pasta & Pizza Restaurant in Ft. Pierce, Fla., the president was greeted enthusiastically by the owner. Overcome with excitement, Scott Van Duzer gave the president a huge hug, physically lifting Obama off the ground.

“Look at that!” the president exclaimed after their bear hug, according to pool reports. “Man, are you a powerlifter or what?”

Van Duzer later boasted to the traveling press pool that he can bench press 350 pounds.

“Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I’ve ever seen,” the president remarked of Van Duzer, 46, who stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 260 pounds.

“Everybody look at these guns,” Obama reportedly said, pointing to the proprietor’s muscles. “If I eat your pizza will I look like that?”

A registered Republican, Van Duzer voted for Obama in 2008 and plans to do so again in November.

“I don’t vote party line, I vote who I feel comfortable with, and I do feel extremely comfortable with him,” Van Duzer said, according to pool reports.

Asked about concern that the Secret Service might react to the hug, Van Duzer told the press pool, “He said I was all right as long as I didn’t take him away.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jun152011

Newt Shirtless? 'Remarkable Resemblance,' Gingrich Aide Says

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The campaign of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is denying the authenticity of a photo posted on a celebrity gossip website that allegedly shows the former House Speaker with no shirt, wearing red swim trunks during his recent Greek vacation.

The photo was posted early Wednesday morning on TMZ.com.

"Just asked Newt," Gingrich's spokesman Joe DeSantis tweeted on Wednesday. "The picture on TMZ is not him...remarkable resemblance though."

Gingrich and his wife, Callista, recently took a cruise through the Greek islands, a trip that was said to be the last straw for a slew of close aides who left his presidential campaign shortly after Gingrich returned from his Mediterranean jaunt.

The TMZ photo shows a bare-chested, white-haired man relaxing on a rock and wearing sunglasses. "The photo was taken on June 2 -- as Newt chilled out on Paradise Beach on the island of Mykonos," reads the caption on the gossip site.

The Republican presidential contender suffered a mass defection among members of his senior leadership team because, as several sources told ABC News, they believed Gingrich was failing to campaign aggressively enough.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun092011

Alleged New Photo of Rep. Weiner Emerges Amid Calls for Ouster

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As an increasing number of his fellow Democrats have been calling for his ouster, Rep. Anthony Weiner is dealing with the aftermath of his online sexting scandal, including news that an alleged nude photo of the Democratic congressman has hit the Internet.

Meanwhile, the public learned that Weiner's wife is three months pregnant with their first child.

The alleged nude image of Weiner emerged after conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart appeared on the Sirius XM program The Opie and Anthony Show, where he claimed on air that he had a nude picture of the congressman on his cellphone.  Breitbart said that Weiner has sent the image to one of the women that he corresponded with online. An image of the picture was captured -- apparently without Breitbart's consent and knowledge -- by a camera in the Opie and Anthony studio, and quickly hit the Internet -- something the blogger subsequently said he was "mortified" to discover.

Weiner confessed Monday to lying about sending a photo of his crotch via Twitter to 21-year-old Seattle college student Gennette Cordova and five other women over the past three years.  He also has admitted that he sent explicit photos over the Internet.

So far, the only confirmed photos that have emerged from the scandal of the 46-year-old congressman show him clothed or shirtless.

The website Gawker eventually posted the image from Breitbart's phone Wednesday.  ABC News has not independently confirmed that the photo in question is of Rep. Weiner.

Reports also emerged on Wednesday that Weiner's wife of 11 months, Huma Abedin, is in the early stages of her first pregnancy.

Though Abedin, 35, is reportedly devastated by her husband's admission of risque online chats and photo swaps with other women, she's reportedly told friends she is still committed to the marriage and wants to help Weiner salvage his political career.

Friends say that Abedin, who is a top aide to Hillary Clinton, did know that Weiner had a "problem" before their marriage, but he promised he was past that.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun032011

Anthony Weiner Twitter Pic Posted Via Security Loophole?

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Did a security loophole allow easy posting to Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account without actually having to log in as him?

That’s a theory that was circulating widely online Thursday, and Weiner’s defenders say it explains how a photo of a bulging male crotch area appeared on the congressman's Twitter feed last Friday night without his knowledge.

"I did not send that photo.  My system was hacked.  I was pranked," Weiner told ABC News Wednesday.

Screen grabs of Weiner’s Twitter page show the lewd image appeared in a posting via the photo sharing service yfrog.com, which is linked to Twitter.

Several technology experts and bloggers have pointed out that one way to get a photo quickly posted to yfrog and Twitter is by sending the photo to a special email address associated with the accounts. 

In theory, someone who simply knew Weiner’s yfrog email address could have emailed the photo, which in turn would have been simultaneously uploaded to both his yfrog and Twitter accounts -- all without ever being prompted for a password or permission.

ABC News tried to replicate the process itself, but discovered yfrog has disabled email posting service -- a sign that some say suggests the company has identified a security problem.

“Even though our email upload feature has not been compromised or broken into, we are taking this opportunity to evaluate the feature and secure it even further,” the company explained in a statement.

Skeptics of the theory say Weiner’s unique yfrog address could only have been known by someone close to Weiner, or that it could have been used by Weiner himself.  They also point out the theory fails to resolve whether Weiner is the subject in the photo.

"I'm reluctant to say anything definitively about this because I don't know to what extent our system was hacked," Weiner said when pressed to answer whether or not the man in gray boxer briefs is him. 

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May312011

Rep. Weiner Gets Combative with Reporters About Lewd Twitter Photo

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Anthony Weiner’s response to the flap around a lewd photo posted from his Twitter account went from dismissive and joking over the weekend to frustrated and combative Tuesday in Washington, when the congressman became agitated with reporters and called a TV producer a “jackass.”

Weiner, D-N.Y., repeatedly refused to answer questions from reporters on Capitol Hill, calling the focus on the photo, which was sent from his Twitter account to a 21-year-old college student who followed him on the social networking site, a diversion. Weiner tweeted over the weekend that his account had been “hacked” and that led to the photo of a man’s lower half in boxer briefs being transmitted to the student. But Tuesday, the congressman and his staff would not say any more or deny that the man shown in the photo was Weiner or explain why he was following a 21-year-old college student from Washington state on the site.

And while he said he was hacked, the congressman has not asked the United States Capitol Police to conduct an investigation into the posting of the photo and whether it was his groin depicted in the photo posted on his Twitter page, @RepWeiner.

In addition to no longer taking questions about the matter, Weiner has hired a lawyer to represent him.

Gennette Cordova, the woman who received the photo from his Twitter account, meanwhile, told her story via Twitter.

When Weiner, who is known for his temper, spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, things turned heated when he wanted to talk solely about an impending vote on raising the nation’s debt limit and would not answer their questions about the lewd photo.

“This was a prank that I’ve now been talking about for a couple of days. I’m not going to allow it to decide what I talk about for the next week or the next two weeks, and so I’m not going to be giving any more about that today, I think I’ve been pretty responsive to you in the past,” Weiner told a scrum of reporters outside his Capitol Hill office Tuesday evening. “If I were giving a speech to 45,000 people and someone in the back threw a pie or yelled an insult, I would not spend the next two hours of my speech responding to that pie or that insult. I would return the things that I want to talk about to the audience that I want to talk to, and that is what I intend to do this week.”

Reporters continued to press Weiner on why he is not asking for a formal investigation, and he was adamant that “I am not going to permit myself to be distracted by this issue any longer.”

“I’m going to have to ask that we follow some rules here. One of them is going to be you ask questions and I’ll do the answers, that seem reasonable? That be reasonable, you do the questions, I do the answers, and this jackass interrupts me?” Weiner said of CNN’s Capitol Hill producer, Ted Barrett. “How about that as the rule of the game? Let me just give the answer.”

Weiner emphasized that he prefers to “talk about the debt limit vote,” which is happening later Tuesday evening.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May052011

Hillary Clinton Explains Her Expression in Osama Bin Laden Raid Photo

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she has "no idea" what she was watching with President Obama and his national security staff when the photographer snapped a picture showing her with her hand on her mouth and a tense expression.

As of Thursday morning, the photo had been viewed nearly 1.9 million times and is on its way to becoming the most popular on Flickr, according to Wired.

"Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken,” Clinton said of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. "I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So, it may have no great meaning whatsoever."

The photo, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza, shows an anxious president and staff receiving updates on the mission taking place in Pakistan. It has garnered much speculation, but the White House has remained mum on the details of what exactly was taking place when it was taken.

Vice President Joe Biden was also reportedly holding his rosary ring.

The White House released eight behind-the-scenes photos on Monday, illustrating the intensity of the situation. The photos show Obama making phone calls throughout the day to keep up with the developments, and meeting with his staff in the Situation Room.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May032011

Condoleezza Rice on Bin Laden's Death: 'Extraordinary Moment'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- “Extraordinary” -- that’s what former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who spent eight years chasing Osama bin Laden, called the killing of the al Qaeda leader and the news that Navy SEALs had taken him down.

“It really said so much about the United States of America. I remember when President Bush said ‘We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail,” she told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday for Good Morning America. “He really meant the United States of America. And President Obama and his team are to be congratulated to having brought this to an end.”

Rice said she was “surprised” to find out that bin Laden was hiding so close to Islamabad and said it raises some important questions for the Pakistani government.

“Questions that really the Pakistanis need to answer not just for us but for themselves. They have been victims of al Qaeda terrorism. They have been victims of terrorism leading to the death of Benazir Bhutto. So I am sure Pakistan will want to understand better why he could hide right there in plain sight,” she said.

Asked whether it’s time for the administration to rethink the mission in Afghanistan – since they caught Osama and so few members of al Qaeda are still there, Rice said “the mission is really finally making some achievements.”

“The reporting is good about what we have achieved over the last several months,” she said.

“We have a chance to leave an Afghanistan that is more secure with better security forces, a more decent Afghan government and then ultimately a safer South Asian region because it’s not just the stability of Afghanistan but the stability of Pakistan that is important too.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May032011

Chief Counterterrorism Adviser: No 'Specific Threats' on US Yet

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- There have been no "specific threats" made against America in the nearly 48 hours since an elite team of Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser told ABC News Tuesday morning.

“We’re working very closely with Department of Homeland Security, FBI and others so that we understand here at the White House what those measures are as well as what threats might be out there but right now I think we feel pretty confident that we are at the right posture,” John Brennan said.

Brennan said it is “inconceivable” that bin Laden did not have some sort of support system inside Pakistan -- considering he was hiding about 1,000 feet away from a military academy -- and the administration is investigating if members of the Pakistani government gave him any help.

“At this time, what we’re doing is pursuing the leads and engaging with the Pakistanis and it’s too early to tell what type of support system he had,” Brennan said.

They hope to find out more about that support system in the evidence the SEALs took from the compound.

Brennan also backed up the news that the White House is considering releasing a photo of bin Laden’s corpse as early as Tuesday.

“We are looking at releasing additional information, details about the raid as well as any other types of material, possibly including photos," Brennan said.

“Any types of material related to the raid, we need to make sure that we make the right decisions.   What we don’t want to do is to compromise potential future operations by releasing certain things so we’re looking at all of this and making the right decisions,” he added.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct082010

Supreme Court Releases New 'Class Photo' Showing Three Women Justices

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- School children, filing in to visit the majestic chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States, may look up and see the mahogany bench, the 24 marble columns and the floor length burgundy curtains.

The one thing they will no longer see is a court dominated by men.

For those unable to visit Washington, the Court released on Friday a new "class photo" of the Justices which reflects, for the first time in history, three women Justices.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the most senior of those Justices, spent her career before taking the bench advocating for gender equality.  After the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2006 Ginsburg said repeatedly she thought the Court should have more women.

In February 2009, 10 days after surgery for cancer, she appeared at President Barack Obama's first address to Congress.  She told USA Today's Joan Biskupic she went because "I wanted people to see that the Supreme Court isn't all male."

Since then Barack Obama has appointed Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan.   Justice Ginsburg has not been shy to express her delight that the court would better reflect America itself.

She told the Washington Post's Robert Barnes, "When the school children file in and out of the court and they look up and they see three women, then that will seem natural and proper -- just how it is."

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