Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner’s wife of three years and mother to his son, stood awkwardly beside him during the press conference in which he addressed the “sexting” scandal, bowing her head when he blamed his behaviour on his marital problems. Photograph: Michael Appleton/The New York Times

New York’s tabloids had a field day. Anthony Weiner, the New York City mayoral candidate topping the polls in what had until yesterday been a stunning(...)