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Weiner scandal: African-American mayor for NYC?

Weiner scandal: African-American mayor for NYC?

When former congressman-turned-mayoral front-runner Anthony Weiner acknowledged during a press conference on Tuesday that his sexting scandal had lasted longer than voters had previously been led to believe, one thing was clear: His campaign for mayor was officially in trouble.

What was less clear is exactly who would benefit from his campaign's implosion besides the comedians and tabloids reveling in making sexually suggestive jokes at his expense.

But a new poll seems to indicate that there is one political beneficiary of Weiner's second fall from grace, and that beneficiary may surprise many. A Quinnipiac University poll out late Wednesday found Bill Thompson, the first African-American comptroller in New York City history and current candidate for mayor, to be the likely winner of a Democratic runoff. In New York City primaries, the two top vote-getters compete in a runoff if no candidate earns 40 percent of the vote.

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Spike Lee gets handsome support from director

Spike Lee gets handsome support from director

The "newest, hottest Spike Lee joint" has landed a generous A-list investor.

After filmmaking legend Spike Lee turned to Kickstarter to drum up $1.25 million for a new movie, fellow director Steven Soderbergh has opened up his wallet.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the "Magic Mike" and "Behind the Candelabra" helmer handed over $10,000 to Lee's project, in exchange for a princely prize of dinner with Lee and a courtside seat next to him at a future New York Knicks game.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

OBAMA'S ECONOMIC PUSH [VIDEO]

OBAMA'S ECONOMIC PUSH [VIDEO]

It's go time: President Obama becomes Joe Citizen in 1,276 days. And yesterday he told his fellow citizens that he was not going to let Congress in the way of his remaining work for them. "Where I can act on my own, I'm going to. I'm not going to wait for Congress," he said in a speech. This is the opening punch of a fight over the nation's budget that is going to play out over the rest of the summer and into the fall.

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
  • Category: News

Tracy Martin: Let’s turn negative energy into a positive

Tracy Martin: Let’s turn negative energy into a positive

Vowing to keep fighting for his son Trayvon – even after the man who killed him, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of murder – Tracy Martin said Wednesday that his family wants to turn "negative energy" surrounding their plight into "a positive."

"There's nothing that we can do to bring Trayvon Martin back," Tracy Martin said in Washington. "But if there's something that we can do ... to help other families from going through this, then we're here."

Martin spoke at a Capitol Hill forum entitled, "The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature Into Strong Men," which is the first such event run by the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys.

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  • Written by Greg Botelho/CNN
  • Category: News

Chris Brown ordered booked on hit-and-run charge

Chris Brown ordered booked on hit-and-run charge

LOS ANGELES – Two charges against Chris Brown were dropped Tuesday, but the singer is still accused of hit and run after a minor traffic crash.

Brown's lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and a judge ordered him to show up at a sheriff's station within a week to be officially booked on the charge, according to a court spokesman.

The prosecutor dismissed charges of driving without a license and driving without proof of insurance during a hearing Tuesday in a Van Nuys, California, court.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN
  • Category: News

Michelle Obama tackles gun violence

Michelle Obama tackles gun violence

First lady Michelle Obama is a known advocate for healthy living.

Now she's tackling another issue: gun violence. The Associated Press reports (excerpts below) that she met with high school students from a gang-infested neighborhood in Chicago to talk about Congress' gun control debate.

As a mother raising children herself, Obama says that part of the debate is America's duty to help young people, like the ones she met, become responsible adults.

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Conservative group targets Cory Booker

Conservative group targets Cory Booker

As Newark mayor Cory Booker's star rises on the national scene, conservatives are hoping to disrupt the Democrat's campaign for U.S. Senate.

Newly-created Super PAC American Commitment Action Fund posted an online ad Tuesday going after Booker as an absentee-mayor, using his own words and that of fellow Newark politicians to try and paint the portrait of an ineffectual and divisive leader.

"The charade is over," the video concludes after a litany of Newark residents question Booker's tactics and frequent appearances on national media. The intended message is clear: Cory Booker is all show and no action. The message is gleaned from at least one Newark politician himself looking at a mayoral run.

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  • Written by Bryan Koenig/CNN
  • Category: News

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