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Dems wrangle with scandal
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WASHINGTON (AP) — With a defiant Rep. Anthony Weiner resisting calls from colleagues to quit and President Barack Obama saying he'd resign if he were in Weiner's shoes, House Democrats are wrestling with how to put the embarrassing online sex scandal behind them.Democrats met behind closed doors Tuesday for the first time since the New York congressman admitted to sexually charged online relationships with several women and lying to hide his misdeeds. Frustration among Democrats is increasing as the scandal moves into its third week.Democrats could try to oust the seven-term congressman from the House Democratic caucus or try to strip him of his committee assignment on the Energy and Commerce panel in hopes of persuading him to quit Congress.Going into the meeting, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., told reporters, "Hopefully, we're hearing he might resign in a couple of days." She did not elaborate.Obama's blunt words could help Democrats trying to oust Weiner."I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign," Obama told NBC's "Today" show.In a rare foray into a congressman's ethical conduct, Obama said Weiner's actions were "highly inappropriate.""I think he's embarrassed himself.