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Meme Of The Morning: Weiner Pressed To Resign

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) at the Monday news conference where he admitted to lying about sending a lewd photo and said he had inappropriate online and telephone exchanges with six women in recent years.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) at the Monday news conference where he admitted to lying about sending a lewd photo and said he had inappropriate online and telephone exchanges with six women in recent years.

The drumbeat started Wednesday afternoon, as our colleague Frank James reported over at It's All Politics: "Congressional Democrats are starting to come forward with public calls for Rep. Anthony Weiner to give up his House seat."

This morning, there are more stories about the strong suggestions from Democrats and Republicans that the congressman — who's admitted to lewd and lascivious behavior and then lying about what he'd done — needs to step down.

Having a really x-rated photo that's reportedly of him surface on the Internet isn't helping the New York Democrat's case. Nor did The New York Timesreport that his wife is pregnant.

Some of today's headlines:

-- "More Calls For Weiner To Quit." ( )

-- "Dems Start Bailing On Anthony Weiner." ( Politico)

-- "Weiner's Resignation Now Sought By A Growing List Of People Who Were Not Sexted By Him." ( The Los Angeles Times' Top of the Ticket blog)

By CNN's count, the House Democrats who have called on Weiner to resign are:

-- Pennsylvania Rep. Allyson Schwartz
-- Maine Rep. Michael Michaud
-- Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly (running for U.S. Senate)
-- Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross
-- Massachusetts Rep. Niki Tsongas,
-- North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell

Also saying he should go: Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D), who is now running for the senate.

When he admitted his sins on Monday, Weiner said he would not resign because he does not believe he broke any laws.

Here's the question of the day:

We'll keep it open until midnight ET. Reminder: Like other such questions we sometimes pose, this is not a scientific survey of public opinion. It's a question aimed at sparking discussion.

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Mark Memmott is NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. In that role, he's a resource for NPR's journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.
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