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Why Huma Abedin Didn't Leave Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner Scandal: Why Wife Huma Abedin Didn't Leave Him

Originally posted 07/31/2013 07:45AM

How could she?

While people are speculating about what Huma Abedin was thinking when she decided to stand by her man in his latest humiliating sexting scandal, close friends and family members tell PEOPLE the answer is simple: her toddling, talking 19-month-old son, Jordan.

Confidants of Anthony Weiner's wife tell PEOPLE in this week's issue that Abedin was on the verge of leaving Weiner last fall, after he confessed in September he was sexting again.

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Julianna Margulies: Does She Consider Huma Abedin a Good Wife?

Julianna Margulies: Does She Consider Huma Abedin a Good Wife?

Originally posted 07/30/2013 07:30PM

If anyone's been following the sex scandals of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, it's Julianna Margulies.

The Emmy-winning actress's CBS show The Good Wife "ripped its title from the headlines when Silda Spitzer was standing right behind her husband" during the prostitution scandal, Margulies told PEOPLE on Tuesday.

With her character "loosely based" on Silda and other political wives who have stood by their husbands, Margulies says, "The headlines are now imitating us because both of these politicians – Spitzer and Weiner – have gotten back into the game of politics. And now newspapers are saying, 'Huma, take some advice from Alicia Florrick. Go back to work, don't read the papers.' "

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Anthony Weiner's Wife Considered Leaving Him, Source Says

Anthony Weiner's Wife Considered Leaving Him, Source Says

Originally posted 07/26/2013 10:40PM

Publicly, Huma Abedin said she loves and forgives her husband, Anthony Weiner, despite a second round of sexting revelations.

But a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE she thought of leaving him last fall when Abedin, 36, learned that Weiner, 48, was once again sending sexually explicit messages and photos of himself to other women.

"He came clean to her," says the source, who is a family member.

When he did, Abedin was distraught. "She was seriously considering what to do, thinking: 'Maybe, I can't do this.' There was a possibility of leaving on the table," the source says.

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How Anthony Weiner's PEOPLE Interview Last Summer Stacks Up Now

Anthony Weiner: How Last Summer's Interview with PEOPLE Stacks Up Now

Originally posted 07/24/2013 07:00PM

When they invited PEOPLE into their Manhattan home last summer – their first interview since he resigned from Congress amid scandal – Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin (joined by baby son Jordan) were the picture of a family tested, but healed and happy again, with Anthony's sexting habit kicked.

Now, he tells a very different version of What I Did Last Summer, calling it "a rough time in our marriage." (Asked Wednesday at a campaign event whether he'd been dishonest, Weiner said, "Look, I was going through some things personally – family-wise – and trying to be honest about it, about where we were at the time. But this thing, you know, was still there.")

Here, PEOPLE offers previously unpublished and expansive excerpts from that 2012 interview to shed new light on what Weiner and Abedin are saying now.

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Anthony Weiner Sexting Scandal: Huma Abedin Stands By Her Man

Huma Abedin Insists Husband Anthony Weiner Deserves (Yet) Another Chance

Originally posted 07/24/2013 09:45AM

As new revelations about her husband's indiscretions emerge, Huma Abedin, wife of New York City mayoral candidate and former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner, says she believes his heart has truly changed as he tries to re-enter political life after a sexting scandal two years ago.

"When people tell me they're surprised to see me out on the campaign trail, I understand because, trust me, no one is more surprised than I am," Abedin, 37, writes in September's Harper's Bazaar (on newsstands Aug. 20).

"So why am I doing this? Because Anthony has always been a smart, caring and dedicated person, and while he's the same public servant who wants what's best for the people he represents, he is now something else – a better man."

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Anthony Weiner's Wife 'Loves and Forgives Him' Amid Another Sex Scandal

Anthony Weiner Caught in Another Sex Scandal

Originally posted 07/23/2013 06:30PM

Anthony Weiner found himself caught in another sexting scandal Tuesday like the one that destroyed his congressional career.

This time he stood side-to-side with his wife Huma Abedin to say that he will remain in the race for mayor of New York City.

"I love him. I have forgiven him. And as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward," said Abedin, a longtime adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Paula Broadwell 'Devastated' by Her Role in Petraeus Affair

Paula Broadwell 'Devastated' by Her Role in Petraeus Affair

Originally posted 11/19/2012 02:05PM

When Paula Broadwell and her husband Scott returned to their North Carolina home with their two sons on Sunday from Washington, D.C., 25 friends and neighbors gathered to offer their support.

But for the married Broadwell, 40, who was both biographer and mistress to former Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus, 60, the revelation of the affair and subsequent attention has made her emotional.

"She's been devastated by this," Paula Broadwell's brother, Stephen Kranz, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. "She is filled with guilt and shame for what she's done and she's incredibly sorry for the pain she's caused her husband, her family, Petraseus's family. She accepts responsibility for her actions and knows she made a mistake."

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David Petraeus Scandal Explained in 5 Clicks

David Petraeus Scandal Explained in 5 Clicks

Originally posted 11/14/2012 12:00PM

Infidelity! Threatening emails! A shirtless FBI agent! PEOPLE breaks down the bizarre news reports of events that toppled the head of the CIA

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Sesame Street Elmo Puppeteer Accuser Recants Claim

Sesame Street Elmo Puppeteer Accuser Recants Claim

Originally posted 11/13/2012 06:00PM

Kevin Clash is no longer facing a claim that he was involved in an underage sexual relationship.

The puppeteer, 52, who is the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, was granted a leave of absence from the long-running program amid an accusation from an unidentified male that Clash was having sex with him at age 16.

On Tuesday the law firm that represents the accuser released a statement to the Los Angeles Times, recanting the claim.

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Elmo Puppeteer Takes Leave from Sesame Street Amid Sexual Allegations

UpdatePosted 11/12/2012 12:50PM

Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Takes Leave from Sesame Street Amid Sexual Allegations

Originally posted 11/12/2012 12:00PM

The puppeteer who performs as the Sesame Street character Elmo has been granted a leave of absence from his job amid allegations he had an improper relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Kevin Clash denies the allegations first reported by TMZ but says that he had a consensual relationship with a man, who is now 23, that occurred when the accuser was of legal age.

"I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter," Clash, 52, tells PEOPLE in a statement via his personal rep.

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