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While an increasing number of high-profile Democrats have suggested - or outright demanded - that embattled Rep. Anthony D. Weiner resign, Senate Democrats largely have ducked the issue.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the third-ranking Senate Democrat, who formerly held Mr. Weiner’s New York City House district, on Tuesday again declined to say if he thinks Mr. Weiner should step down.

“Look, as I said this weekend, those of us who have been friends of Anthony Weiner for a very long time view his wrongful behavior as distressing, saddening, as heartbreaking,” Mr. Schumer told reporters at the Capitol. “It’s clear he needs professional help; that’s what he’s sought, and that’s all I’m going to say.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, also refused to weigh in on the issue when asked Tuesday.

House Democrats have been less shy about pressing Mr. Weiner to quit, including House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who is chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, has called on the House Ethics Committee to investigate Mr. Weiner’s sexually charged online relationships with several women. President Obama has said if he were the New York lawmaker, he would resign.


IG: NRC chief ‘wrong’ to mislead commissioners

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was unprofessional and “wrong” as he repeatedly misled fellow commissioners about his efforts to stop work on a disputed dump for high-level radioactive waste, an agency watchdog said Tuesday.

Inspector General Hubert T. Bell told Congress that NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko manipulated the panel’s four other commissioners by selectively withholding information on a crucial safety review of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada. Mr. Jaczko’s actions allowed him to shut down the review last year without a vote of the full commission.

Mr. Bell told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that Mr. Jaczko’s conduct was not criminal, but “It’s not an upfront way to do business.”


Boehner inducted into burger hall of fame

House Speaker and hamburger lover John A. Boehner was inducted into White Castle restaurants’ Cravers Hall of Fame Tuesday.

The Columbus, Ohio-based fast-food chain said it was honoring the Ohio Republican because of his lifelong penchant for its iconic tiny burgers affectionately known as “sliders.”

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