Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) stepped onto an elevator earlier this month after leaving his office in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Anthony Weiner couldn't exit the scene fast enough for Democrats and didn't.
Initially after the scandal of his lewd tweets to at least six young women broke, he said he wasn't quitting. Then with increasing pressure for his resignation, he appeared to try to buy time by letting it be known that he was entering rehab.
In the end, however, he was only able to get two weeks past Memorial Day weekend when the scandal went public before the pressure became so irresistible that he would be forced on Thursday to announce his resignation.
It has been nearly two years since President Ali Bongo Ondimba of the Central African nation of Gabon took over the country his father ruled for four decades. Despite winning in democratically-held elections, he has been accused of violating human rights and siphoning off profits from the country's oil industry. Host Michel Martin speaks with President Bongo Ondimba about these accusations, his meeting with President Obama, and some of the misconceptions Americans have about Gabon.
A fatwa, a religious edict announced by clerics in Saudi Arabia, prohibit women from driving. A social media campaign calls for Saudi women to defy the ban and hit the road on Friday. Host Michel Martin discusses the 'Women-2-Drive' campaign with Hala Aldosari, a Saudi blogger who is part of the campaign, and Ali Alyami, executive director of the U.S.-based Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. His group is leading a 'driving protest' in Washington D.C. on Friday.
Following increasing pressure by Democratic leaders to step down, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is expected to announce his resignation today. Host Michel Martin discusses the circumstances around Weiner's resignation with NPR congressional correspondent David Welna. Martin also speaks with ProEthics president and founder Jack Marshall about the ethical questions raised by the social media scandal.
Novelist Jamil Ahmad. His wife, Helga, is in the background.
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Dera Bugti, Pakistan: tribal guards stand alert. (2006 file photo.)
Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep came home from this recent reporting trip to Pakistan with one more story to tell, and it offers a unique look into the "tribal areas" we hear so much about because they are home to terrorists.