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    Obama: Weiner Is a ‘Distraction’

    Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., is questioned by the media near his home in the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, June  11, 2011. The 46-year-old congressman acknowledged Friday that he had online contact with a 17-year-old girl from Delaware but said there was nothing inappropriate. (AP Photo/David Karp)

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    The White House stopped short of demanding Representative Anthony Weiner’s resignation, Monday but spokesman Jay Carney made it clear they wish the scandal would go away. "The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction," Carney said when asked about Weiner. "Obviously, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, his dishonesty was inappropriate, but the president is focused on his job.” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats have urged the representative to step down, but Weiner instead asked for a leave of absence and promised to seek treatment.

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