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Thursday
Oct112012

Paul Ryan Pumps Iron in "Time" Mag Photo Shoot

Scott Legato/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The ogling of P90X workout fanatic-turned vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan reached a fever pitch as photos of the ultra-fit Republican hit the Internet Thursday. The full spread will appear in the newest issue of Time magazine.

Hours before the vice presidential debate, Ryan’s first appearance on the nationally televised debate stage, Time magazine released six photos of Ryan clad in gray work-out gear and a red baseball hat with headphone cords dangling down his back as he pumps 50-pound dumbbells.

[See the Time photos of Paul Ryan HERE.]

The images were taken nearly a year ago when the Wisconsin congressman was a runner-up for the Time Person of the Year issue. The House budget chairman’s intense workout routine was little known outside the congressional gym.

But 10 months later, Ryan’s fit figure, coupled with his newfound national fame as Mitt Romney’s GOP running mate, has spawned Internet memes, Twitter accounts and online admirers. Within hours after Time published the photos, two of which feature Ryan doing bicep curls, the Twitter account @PaulRyansBicep was born.

“Schedule for tonight: 8pm Workout. 9pm Debate. 11pm Workout,” one tweet reads.

“Fact check this: I can bench press more than you,” another notes.

"Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan” nabbed one of the Time images for its latest online meme, adding these words over the image of Ryan curling a 50-pound dumbbell, “Hey Girl, defending your wallet at the debate means TRAINING.”

Ryan, 49, has not shied away from his now famous workout routine on the campaign trail, despite the online attention. His father and grandfather died of heart disease, a genetic history he is combating by keeping his body fat below eight percent.

Even the strenuous campaign trail can’t keep him away from his workouts.

“I’m going to keep myself in shape, that’s for sure,” Ryan told Yahoo! News shortly after being selected as the vice presidential running mate.

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Rep. Weiner Standing His Ground Amidst Calls to Resign

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pressure is mounting on Rep. Anthony Weiner to step down after his confession that he had been sending lewd photos of himself and texts to women via Twitter -- and that he has lied about it.

The New York Democrat is finding few who are willing to publicly come to his defense, even in his own party.

"Lying is unforgivable.  Lying publicly about something like this is unforgivable and he should resign," former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, D-Va., told CBS on Tuesday.

"I know Congressman Weiner.  And I wish there was some way I could defend him -- but I can't," Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said.  Reid added that if Weiner called him for advice, he'd tell him to "call someone else."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's call for an ethics committee investigation is not satisfying some Republicans who are calling for an immediate resignation.

Weiner, however, maintains that he will hang onto his job as U.S. Representative for New York's 9th congressional district.

"I am not resigning," a defiant Weiner said told reporters in Queens, New York Tuesday evening.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus became the first official to call on Weiner to resign after Weiner's mea culpa press conference on Monday.

"Congressman Weiner's actions and deception are unacceptable and he should resign.  We do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately, we need a resignation," Priebus said in a written statement.

"Either Leader Pelosi and DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz believe members of Congress are held to a different set of standards or they believe these actions demand his resignation," he added.

Although Weiner's actions would be considered by many to be lewd and inappropriate, the major question for the ethics committee is whether he broke the rules of the House of Representatives.

Blake Chisam, former staff director of the ethics committee, says that if Weiner used his government computer to send the messages, he could be in trouble, even though some incidental personal use is permitted.

"You know the rules in the House can often be a labyrinth," Chisam told ABC News, adding that the questions of whether sending pornography or lewd photographs will be difficult to argue as "incidental."

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Will Anthony Weiner's Wife Huma Abedin Stand by Him?

Dimitrios Kambouris/VF11/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Confessions from New York Rep. Anthony Weiner that he lied about sexting photos to a Seattle woman and at least five others over the past three years have shaken his barely 11-month marriage to Huma Abedin.

Abedin is a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The 34-year-old has endured humiliating headlines in The New York Post -- "ballooning scandal," "Hide the Weiner" and "What a Weenie" -- after word got out that a 21-year-old Gennette Cordova had received the now-infamous photo of a man's crotch from the congressman's Twitter account.

In a tear-stained, half-hour press conference Monday, the Democratic congressman said his wife would stand by him, despite the week-old scandal dubbed "Weinergate."

"We have no intention of splitting over this," said Weiner, 46, who will not resign.  "We will weather this.  I love her.  She loves me."

He said that he had told his wife about contact with women before their marriage, but not about recent ventures online, including one with single mom Meagan Broussard.  Weiner said he has never met these women in person and has not had sex outside marriage.

Abedin only learned the truth Monday and didn't show up for the press conference.

The couple -- with some irony noted by pundits -- was married last July by former President Bill Clinton, who was himself impeached by the House of Representatives in 1998 over an affair with Monica Lewinsky.  When he officiated at the Long Island ceremony, Bill Clinton reportedly toasted Abedin, saying she was like a daughter to him.

Hillary Clinton weathered the same public humiliation when her husband was unfaithful with a White House intern, yet chose to stand by her man.

Whether Abedin takes Clinton's path or ultimately leaves Weiner is anyone's guess.

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Wednesday
May112011

In Effort to 'Validate the Death' of Bin Laden, Inhofe Is First Senator to See Photos

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, Tuesday became the first senator to view the bin Laden photos after he took up the CIA on its offer to see the graphic pictures in an effort to "validate the death" of the al Qaeda leader.

"It is an important responsibility as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to view these photos and be able to validate the death to the people of the nation," Inhofe said in a statement released prior to viewing the pictures. "By viewing these photos, I can help dispel conspiracy theorists who doubt that bin Laden is in fact dead. That is why I recommended that they make them available to members of the committee, and I appreciate Director Panetta following up on my suggestion."

Inhofe made the request to Panetta at a classified briefing on May 4. Inhofe's office said the senator was the first member of Congress to view the bin Laden photos since the CIA on Tuesday offered lawmakers on the Armed Services and Intelligence panels the chance to make an appointment to see them. Last week Inhofe, a member of the Armed Services Committee, argued that the Obama administration should release the photos to the public.

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Tuesday
May102011

Lawmakers Allowed to View Osama Bin Laden Death Photos

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Members of two Senate committees can make an appointment with the CIA to view the photos of a dead Osama bin Laden, multiple congressional aides confirmed to ABC News Tuesday.

Lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee will now be able to see the photos if they wish.

Last week a trio of Republican senators claimed to have seen the photos, only for it to emerge that they had been duped by fake pictures. On Wednesday morning, as senators left a closed-door classified meeting with CIA head Leon Panetta, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Saxby Chambliss, told reporters that he had seen the photos. New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte said the same thing. And Scott Brown of Massachusetts told Fox-25 TV that he had seen one of the photos, too.

"I have seen one of them," Ayotte said of the bin Laden photos, adding that it was "clearly his features."

But later that day it emerged that the picture seen by Ayotte, Brown, and Chambliss was in fact not authentic. At least now they'll be able to see the real thing.

Critics -- including some family members of loved ones killed in the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001 -- have pressed President Obama to release photographic proof of bin Laden's death. President Obama maintains he will not make the pictures public.

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Thursday
May052011

Lawmakers Respond to Obama’s Decision to Hold Bin Laden Photos

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The reaction on Capitol Hill to President Obama’s decision not to release any photographic evidence of Osama bin Laden’s death has been met mostly with agreement, with top lawmakers in the House of Representatives from both parties deferring to the president’s discretion.

Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, personally opposed releasing the photos and called Obama’s verdict “a great decision.” 

“I came out early and said that I didn’t think that they should be released.  Imagine if we had one of our general officers who were killed by the Taliban or al Qaeda and they put them up on display and spread out the pictures like they were a trophy.  It would inflame the U.S. population, and rightly so,” Rogers, R-Michigan, said Wednesday afternoon.  “This is the right decision.  We have soldiers at risk in combat areas.  We want their job to be easier, not harder.  I think releasing the photos would have made it harder.  He’s dead.  The Taliban may or may not believe it.  We’ve got other actions that I’m sure they’ll believe coming to a town near them real soon.”

Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told reporters Tuesday that he believed the photos should be released to end any speculation from conspiracy theorists that Bin Laden was not really killed.  But on Wednesday, King said he will “certainly support the president’s decision.”

And Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said on Wednesday that she “supports the president’s decision.”

However, not everyone agreed with the administration’s decision not to release the photos.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a former Air Force lawyer, said he believes President Obama’s decision not to release the images is “a mistake” that will “unnecessarily prolong this debate” over the death of the al Qaeda leader.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is considering mounting a challenge to President Obama in 2012, said that although she agrees with the decision not to release the photos, it is “important for the administration to release definitive proof that identifies Osama bin Laden.”

“The world and the American people need to know that we got our man.  I believe the best evidence would be a DNA match,” Bachmann, R-Minn., said.  “If the administration can release that information, without compromising intelligence, that would be the best proof, and would be better than a photo.  My concern with a photo is that it could incite violence and put U.S. troops in harm’s way.”

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Wednesday
May042011

Senators Seemingly Fooled By Fake Bin Laden Photo

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- For much of Wednesday, the debate raged in Washington: should the Obama administration release photos of a dead Osama bin Laden?

Ultimately, President Obama said no. But that didn't keep a handful of senators from getting duped by what they thought was one of the bin Laden photos.

It all started Wednesday morning as senators left a closed-door classified meeting with CIA boss Leon Panetta.

The top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., told reporters that he had seen photos of bin Laden after the world's most wanted man had been shot in the head. Chambliss wasn't the only one.

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., told Fox-25 TV that he had seen one of the photos, too.

“Listen, I've seen the picture," Brown said in an interview. “He’s definitely dead."

A third senator, New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte, emerged from the Panetta briefing to tell reporters that she, too, had seen the image of a dead bin Laden.

Asked if she had seen any of the bin Laden photos, Ayotte replied, “I have seen one of them.”

She added that it was “clearly his features.”

At the time the claims seemed a bit odd since a number of top senators were telling reporters at the same time they had not seen any photos. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair of the Intelligence panel, said she had not seen the photos. Same with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, the top Republican on the Armed Services panel.

The confusion grew when Ayotte returned to the Capitol an hour later for a vote, saying that she had been shown the photo by an unnamed colleague on the Armed Services Committee.

Since numerous lawmakers said no Bin Laden photos had been shown at the Panetta briefings -- and since a slew of fake bin Laden photos were circulating on the Internet -- could the senators have been duped? As it turned out, yes.

Come late afternoon Wednesday, it emerged that the supposed bin Laden photo seen by Brown and others was not real.

Brown told Fox-25 that the photo he had seen was not authentic. Chambliss indicated that the photo he had seen was merely an electronic image, not from an official briefing. And Ayotte told ABC News in an interview that she was not sure if the one she saw was authentic or not.

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Tuesday
May032011

GOP Congressman: Bin Laden Photos ‘Have to Be Released’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As the Obama White House weighs whether to release photographic evidence of Osama bin Laden’s death, voices in Congress are calling for that to happen fast, to put to rest conspiracy theories that have already sprung up online.

“The photos have to be released,” Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, told ABC News on Tuesday. “Most definitely -- to make sure we get rid of any conspiracy theorists that think that we didn't take care of bin Laden.”

Heck also held off on condemning Pakistan for not helping locate bin Laden, despite the fact that he was hiding in a large home in a populated area not far from the nation’s capital.

“I don't think we need to cut off aid just yet. We need to further clarify our relationship with Pakistan,” Heck said. “We certainly have had some challenges with sharing of information, with being allowed access to execute missions. But they are still a critical asset and ally in the fight against terror and we need to continue to maintain that relationship.”

“All indications at this time are that they did not know” that bin Laden was in Pakistan, Heck continued. “The higher-ups did not know. But you know, as we've said, [he was] hiding in plain sight.”

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