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Tonight on AC360°, we'll have the latest developments on Rep. Anthony Weiner's confession. The New York Democrat now admits he sent that scandalous photo of himself in his underwear to a woman in Seattle. He also says he had "inappropriate conversations" with at least six women he met online. He says he won't resign. House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation to see if he broke any rules. In Crime and Punishment, get the latest on the Casey Anthony murder trial. Testimony focused today on the smell in her car. Plus, see who is added to our 'RidicuList.'
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(CNN) - A week after claiming a hacker had posted a lewd photo to his Twitter account, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner on Monday apologized for lying about the incident and admitted carrying on inappropriate relationships with several women he'd met online.
Weiner, a New York Democrat, said he is not resigning his seat, nor is he planning on separating from his wife. But he said he took "full responsibility" for his actions - both the relationships and for lying about sending the photo last month of his bulging underwear on his Twitter account.
"To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it. I'm deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife, and our family, my constituents, my friends, my supporters and my staff," he said, claiming he'd posted the Twitter photo accidentally as a "joke" and then "panicked." "I lied because I was ashamed at what I had done, and I didn't want to get caught."
An emotional Weiner described his actions as "dumb," "destructive" and "deeply, deeply hurtful" - both for his admitted coverup and for repeatedly engaging in "inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and occasionally on the phone" with women he'd met online, mostly via Facebook.
The congressman claimed that he never met any of these women in person, and that his wife Huma only learned he'd been lying about the Twitter picture on Monday morning.
"I have made terrible mistakes," Weiner told reporters. "I have not been honest with myself or my family. ... I should not have done this, and I should not have done this particularly when I was married."
Weiner claimed he does not believe he used any government resources, while he "exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years." Some of those relationships began before his 2010 marriage and some happened, and continued, afterward.
Still, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi announced that she would call "for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred."
Weiner issued a statement saying he would "welcome and fully cooperate" with the probe, which other Democratic leaders also rallied behind. But one Republican source called the move "hollow," saying Pelosi should have insisted that Weiner resign - as former Rep. Chris Lee, a New York Republican, did in February amid reports that the married man had tried to solicit women via Craigslist.
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"A King, A Queen and A Joker."
(CNN) - The presence of a decomposing human body is the only plausible explanation for the odor in Casey Anthony's trunk and the results found in forensic testing, a scientist testified Monday in her capital murder trial.
Testing was conducted on carpet samples from the trunk of the Pontiac Sunfire, along with a spare tire cover, scrapings from the wheel well, air samples and paper towels found in a trash bag that had been in the trunk, Arpad Vass, a senior research scientist at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, testified in the Orlando, Florida, courtroom.
Vass, who spent all day Monday on the stand, said he and his partners have, as part of their general research, identified some 30 compounds as significant in the human decomposition process. Seven of those were confirmed in Anthony's trunk, he said.
Of those, Vass testified under cross-examination by defense attorney Jose Baez, only five were considered because the other two were at trace levels. "We were very, very conservative," Vass said.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton asked Vass if, given the test results and his own observations regarding the odor, he believed a dead body had been in the trunk.
"I can find no other plausible explanation, other than that, to explain all the results we found," Vass said.
Casey Anthony, 25, faces seven counts in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading investigators. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
Caylee was last reported seen by her family on June 16, 2008, but no one alerted police until July 15, when the girl's grandmother, Casey Anthony's mother, tracked Anthony down and demanded answers.
Prosecutors allege Anthony used chloroform on her daughter and suffocated her by putting duct tape over the little girl's mouth and nose. They allege Anthony put her daughter's body in her car trunk before disposing of it. Caylee's skeletal remains were found in December 2008, less than a mile from the home of Anthony's parents.
Anthony has pleaded not guilty and denied having anything to do with her daughter's death. Baez has said that when all the facts are known, it will become clear his client is innocent.
The Orlando woman's attorneys argue Caylee drowned in the family pool on June 16, 2008. They say Anthony and her father panicked and covered up the death. George Anthony denied the claim during his testimony.
Reporter's Note: The president is wading deeper into the campaign pool as more Republicans join the 2012 hunt - which means all of D.C. is getting deeper into it too. Ahem.
Dear Mr. President,
I was covering a heated and emotional fight years ago in Dallas which involved repeated trips to “the opposing camp” to get reactions to the latest allegation. Each side repeatedly fired accusations and backed them up with “facts.” Problem was, most of the time, those “facts” were heavily laced with falsehoods.
At one point I turned to my producer and said, “You know, the problem here is that both sides are so full of liars, they are each equally wise to mistrust each other.”
This is what concerns me as the rumbles of the 2012 election grow like a nasty storm over the horizon. It seems as if members of each party are so intent on sculpting the “facts” to their needs, that they are willing to ultimately toss the truth into the ditch.
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