With calls for her embattled, embarrassing husband to resign getting louder, Huma Abedin is on a State Department trip in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Abedin and Rep. Anthony Weiner are reportedly expecting their first child—sources tell the Post that she's 10 weeks pregnant, and the paper looks at her maternity fashion, noting her outfit of a "blue jacket and red belt that seemed to cover her belly bump."
The New Yorker's Amy Davidson wrote today, "It is, sad to say, a matter of legitimate interest that Weiner’s wife was pregnant when he sent those tweets. It widens our sense of just how careless he is with the lives of others, particularly those of people who are more vulnerable than he is. That is good to know about a politician; it is distinct from the question of whether someone who lies to his wife will lie to the public and, I’d argue, is more important." Abedin visited the United Arab Emirates with boss Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—the AP has raw video:
The Washington Post looked at Abedin's place in Secretary Clinton's sphere, "Abedin is one of the few Clintonites to remain an insider from the White House to the State Department [Abedin interned for Secretary Clinton when she was a First Lady]. In briefings, it is Abedin who quietly hands Clinton a glass of water when her voice breaks. On the campaign trail in 2008, as Clinton ran for the presidency, Abedin was her poised confidante, a steady presence in a campaign punctuated by dramatic ups and downs. While her official title is deputy chief of staff, Abedin is personally close to Clinton, an ever-present assistant and gatekeeper. She oversees planning and scheduling and advises on politics and policy, especially the Middle East."
Former President BIll Clinton, who officiated at Abedin's and Weiner's marriage last July, has said, "I have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would [be] Huma.” The Clintons are reportedly very upset with Weiner.