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Weiner admits he sent lewd picture

A choked-up New York Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner has confessed he sent a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman.

He also admitted that he had "inappropriate" conversations with six women before and after getting married.

But he said at a press conference that he would not resign.

The scandal is an embarrassing distraction for Democrats as they look ahead to the 2012 congressional and presidential races. It is also damaging for Weiner, a high-profile 14-year congressman who is considering running for mayor of New York.

Mr Weiner, married recently to an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is one of the more prolific tweeters in Congress and he has more than 50,000 followers, a number that has grown the past week

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