WASHINGTON - (AP) - House Democratic leaders are planning to meetThursday to consider the next step in handling the scandalembroiling Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Weiner is resisting calls to resign. He has acknowledged sendingsexually explicit messages and suggestive photos of himself tovarious women and then lying about it. The New York congressman hastaken a two-week leave from the House and is reported to be intreatment at an undisclosed location.

A House aide described the leadership meeting set for Thursdayon condition of anonymity because officials had not authorized apublic discussion of their plans.

House Democratic leaders could decide to strip Weiner of hiscommittee assignments and could take other actions to punish him.

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