On the Radar: Weiner pics, Arizona wildfires, Merkel at White House
Rep. Anthony Weiner says he lied about sending a lewd photo of himself on Twitter.
June 7th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

On the Radar: Weiner pics, Arizona wildfires, Merkel at White House

Lawmaker did send pics of himself: New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has admitted that he lied repeatedly over the past week and a half when he told reporters, colleagues and his friends that a hacker posted lewd photos of him to his Twitter account. Weiner apologized during a press conference on Monday and said that he has engaged in several inappropriate relationships with women he's met online. Listen to one woman talk about her involvement with him. Democratic observer James Carville says Weiner doesn't have a lot of fans in his own party. But the lawmaker said he will not resign and said it's up to voters to determine whether he continues in his job. Many are debating whether he violated any official House ethics rules. CNN's Wolf Blitzer told Piers Morgan on Monday that before Weiner confessed to lying, Blitzer "sort of believed" Weiner during an earlier interview when the congressman told the journalist he had no idea who had sent  the image.

Obama economic adviser leaving - President Obama's top economic advisor Austan Goolsbee is leaving the White House. He is returning to his previous job at the University of Chicago. The president says Goolsbee helped steer the country out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Arizona wildfires - Firefighters are still battling fires that have scorched more than 230,000 acres, mostly in the Apache National Forest along the state's eastern border. Smoke is traveling into New Mexico and affecting air travel.

German chancellor at White House - President Obama is meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today to discuss several issues including the European economic crisis. During her stay, Merkel will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom when she attends a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday night.

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  1. Anthony's Case Posts

    A forensic expert testified Monday that the odor of human decomposition in an air sample taken from the car of a Florida woman on trial in the death of her daughter was "extremely, overwhelmingly strong."

    Arpad Vass, a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was the first witness called Monday by the prosecution as the third week of the murder trial of Casey Anthony began. Vass is one of the state's key witnesses and began what is expected to be lengthy forensics testimony this week.

    "I jumped back a foot or two," Vass said of the odor he observed when opening a can containing an air sample from Anthony's Pontiac. "It was shocking that strong of an odor could be in that little can."

    Prosecutors are trying to prove that Anthony suffocated her daughter, Caylee, with duct tape in 2008 and contend that traces of decomposition were found in her car. Anthony has pleaded not guilty. Her defense attorney says the toddler drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool. If convicted, the 25-year-old Anthony could be sentenced to death.

    Vass has pioneered a novel technique for detecting human decomposition from air samples and detailed for jurors his research on the chemical compounds observed when a body decomposes.

    He also presented charts showing high levels of those compounds in samples taken from Anthony's car. One of the compounds present, chloroform, Vass said was found in "shockingly high" amounts on a sample taken from a stained portion of carpet in Anthony's trunk. Chloroform is a chemical associated with decomposition but also can be used to render a person unconscious.

    Lead defense attorney Jose Baez made several objections to Vass' testimony throughout the morning, attacking both his credentials and methodology used in doing his research.

    He briefly was permitted to question Vass' methodology outside the presence of the jury, but was stopped after Judge Belvin Perry said the questions he was asking him were outside the scope of his original objection. His objection was then overruled and the jury was brought back in.

    Perry previously issued a pretrial order denying a defense request to exclude the air tests from the carpet sample taken from Anthony's car. Tests for odors associated with a body's decomposition were run on the carpet sample and the tests identified chloroform in the sample.

    Until now, the tests had never been admitted in a trial in the United States.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. payton krause

    How is the U.S. ever going to get out of the mess their in with men like Weiner at the helm? What is needed is some adult solutions to adult problems; not some "NUT CASE" exposing himself to young girls instead of WORKING. We definately need women to stand up to the plate because this is just ridiculous already. ENOUGH!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Mad R@p3r

    "Weiner pics"

    June 7, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cosmotologist to the Stars

    Thay dang Weiner. No offense, but i wish his would fall off. I saw him on COMEDY CENTRAL several months back. He really seems like a con man or shyster.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    And so what about 3 and a half men?

    June 7, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    Dear Bloggers: Sometimes I prefer to read with one eye. Does anyone else do this, or is it just me?

    June 7, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I do it too.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Pink Panther

    I squint , does that count ?

    June 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob


    June 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    I can' t believe CNN took my comment off here. They obiviously have no sense of humor. That take innocent postings off, yet they will let others post their nasty crap.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel

    What I want to know from Angie Merkel is this; When is Germany going to get another "German" chancellor? They haven't had one since Adolf Hitler took his own life back in 1945. Since then,all German chancellors, both in the East and the West, took orders from abroad. Why are all European leaders today devoid of any sense of morality? Have moral principles truly become a thing of the past over there? That, I suppose, they'll never tell us!

    June 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |