1. DUKE AND DUTCHESS SHOW OFF BABY BOY.
Prince William and his wife, Kate, introduced their baby boy to the world and a massive gathering of media camped outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London yesterday, one day after the future king entered the world at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Photographers scrambled to capture the first photographs of the royal baby, while his father spoke to reporters, saying, “He’s a big boy, quite heavy. We’re still working on a name.” William, second in line to the throne, added, “Well he has a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure. He’s got her looks, thankfully.” Later, the Duke, Duchess, and Baby Cambridge left the hospital like “a normal couple,” with Prince William behind the wheel of their own car on their way home to Kensington Palace, where they will spend the next two weeks while William is on paternity leave.
2. WEINER CONFRONTS NEW SEXTING ALLEGATIONS.
This time with his wife by his side, former congressman and current New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner On Tuesday admitted to engaging in sexting with a woman he met online following his resignation from Congress. Weiner said in a statement: “I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have. As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife… While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me.”Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife, who has worked with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton since 1996, said, “It took a lot of work and a whole of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Antony. We discussed all of this before he decided to run for mayor, so really what I want to say is, I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.”
3. PLAN TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS MOVES FORWARD.
Despite lukewarm support from Congress, the Obama administration is determined to make good on its promise to arm Syrian rebels, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday. Carney told reporters that the military aid in question is expected to include small arms, ammunition, and perhaps anti-tank weapons intended “to help the opposition resist” President Bashar al-Assad “and eventually prevail.” Meanwhile, at a congressional hearing yesterday, GOP Rep. Rich Nugent of Florida expressed concern weapons could fall into the wrong hands, saying, “We want to make sure that we don’t put our sons or daughters in any jeopardy particularly as it relates to arming those that we have no idea who they are.”
4. MILITANT GROUP CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR IRAQ PRISON ATTACKS.
A militant group claiming to be affiliated with al Qaeda took responsibility Tuesday for carefully coordinated attacks on two Iraqi prisons over the weekend which left at least 21 prisoners and eight guards dead, and allowed over 500 inmates to escape. The attacks took place Sunday night at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad, and al-Taji, north of Iraq’s capital city. State-run television reports suggested that guards at Abu Ghraib aided in the escape of prisoners. A group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attacks and said that “more than 500 of the best jihadi fighters” were among those freed. Meanwhile, at least 16 people were killed and dozens wounded in a new surge of explosions and shootings in Baghdad and Mosul on Tuesday.
5. FEDS GIVEN EVIDENCE IN ZIMMERMAN TRIAL.
Federal officials have obtained all evidence in connection to the George Zimmermaninvestigation from the Sanford, FL Police Department, including a gun, while the Justice Department mulls whether to pursue a civil rights case in connection with the death of Trayvon Martin. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department will “act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law,” but added that in his opinion, Martin’s shooting was “tragic” and “unnecessary.” Federal officials opened an investigation into the Zimmerman case last year and will include testimony from his trial.