Representative Anthony Weiner's confession that he exchanged lewd photographs and online messages with as many as six women draws public attention to the largely undefined area of the law related to sexting.
Criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Paul Callan joins the AM team this morning to explain if Representative Weiner has violated any laws by participating in these scandalous interactions. Callan is joined by clinical psychologist Jeff Gardere, who offers his analysis of Rep. Weiner's behavior and what it reveals about the Congressman.
This morning marks the second day of American Morning's In Depth: Listening Tour series. All week, we'll be looking at the issues that are going to be driving, motivating and impacting voters when Americans go to the polls to elect a President in seventeen months.
Today, Christine Romans talks with Bill Darah, co-owner of a small, family business in Toledo, Ohio called Superior Uniform Sales. Darah discusses the impact that the recession and state and local budget cuts have had on his business, expressing his biggest concerns in keeping the company up and running in the current economy.
Capitol Hill is buzzing this morning with talk of Representative Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal, with some insisting that he should resign and others suggesting that the Democratic leadership may force him out in light of Pelosi's call for a House ethics probe.
Republican analyst and advisor to Representative Michele Bachmann Ed Rollins joins Democratic Strategist Kiki McLean this morning to discuss the political issues of the day and whether Rep. Weiner can survive politically in light of his social media controversy.
This morning on "American Morning," Breitbart.com and BigGovernment.com publisher Andrew Breitbart speaks with Kiran Chetry about why he chose to jump on stage before Congressman Anthony Weiner's press conference yesterday.
The man who broke the Rep. Weiner sexting scandal says he used the podium because his voice was hoarse.
"I walked into the ballroom and people surrounded me, started asking me questions," Breitbart says. "They said 'We can't hear you, can you get on the stage." I said, am I allowed to do that? I walked over to the stage, thought I was just going to be using the microphone to protect my voice, because I had bronchitis last week. I had zero idea they would cut it live."
Breitbart adds that he has heard that more photos from the girls who were interacting with Rep. Weiner may be released, and cautioned against any additional photo release.
"If they start going after the girls...as a way to tell girls not to come forward, I have the photo," Breitbart says of some unreleased photos of Rep. Weiner that he allegedly has possesion of. "I can't fathom he would be stupid enough to start going after the girls and start releasing photos of them that they've given. Let it lie," Breitbart adds.
The New York chapter of the NAACP has sparked controversy in New York City. The group joins the local teacher's union, the United Federation of Teachers, in filing a lawsuit to try to stop NYC from closing 22 of its struggling schools and to prevent the city from giving 20 charter schools space in those buildings.
Advocates say that more charter schools means a better education, while some critics say the plan is a form of segregation.
One of these critics is Steve Perry, CNN education contributor and founder of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. He joins Ali Velshi this morning to discuss why he opposes the NAACP lawsuit.
On Monday, Congressman Anthony Weiner confessed to trading lewd photographs and online messages with as many as six women, an action that will undoubtedly affect his political future in Congress and at home in New York City.
Roll Call's Emily Heil and CNN contributor Errol Louis join Kiran Chetry this morning to discuss the political implications of the Weiner sexting scandal.