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More photos of Weiner surface online

WASHINGTON — One day after senior Democratic lawmakers called on Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to resign, nearly a dozen new suggestive photos taken by the lawmaker surfaced online.

The photos, first reported by the celebrity gossip website TMZ.com, show Weiner posing in front of mirrors in the House gym and, in some of them, grabbing his crotch. In one of the photos, Weiner is wearing nothing but a towel held over his groin.

According to TMZ, Weiner sent the photos to at least one woman online. A Weiner spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The photos come nearly a week after Weiner, a seven-term congressman representing Brooklyn and Queens, acknowledged that he had lied in an effort to cover up his inappropriate online communications with at least six women across the country.

In the days since Weiner's admission, more photos of the congressman and accounts of his online interactions with various women have surfaced, including one report Friday that Delaware police were questioning a 17-year-old girl about her communications with the lawmaker. Weiner's office has said that his interactions with the student "were neither explicit nor indecent."

Despite calls from top Democrats for his resignation as well as a potential ethics committee investigation, Weiner has said he has no plans to give up his seat. He announced through a spokeswoman on Saturday that he is seeking unspecified professional treatment.

That announcement came right after House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, the national party chairwoman, said Weiner must go.

Joke is on Weiner

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) drew laughs from an Ohio State University audience with a joke about the name of a colleague involved in a scandal over lewd photos. Boehner said Sunday during a commencement speech in Columbus that his own last name has been pronounced to rhyme with the words honor and leaner and even "boner." Then he said: "Thank God it's not Weiner."

Associated Press

More photos of Weiner surface online 06/13/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2011 12:06am]

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