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1:15 PM ET, October 1, 2006

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New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Knew in Late '05 of E-Mail  —  Top House Republicans knew for months about e-mail traffic between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page, but kept the matter secret and allowed Mr. Foley to remain head of a Congressional caucus on children's issues, Republican lawmakers said Saturday.
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John Bresnahan / Roll Call:
Hastert, Top Aides Knew of Foley Allegations  —  Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and at least three of his aides were told of allegations that then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) had improper e-mail contacts with a former House page months before the incident became public and Foley resigned from Congress …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Washington Post:
The Foley Scandal  —  THE SUDDEN resignation of Rep. Mark Foley …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Hindrocket / Power Line:
I'M LATE TO THIS STORY  —  The Mark Foley story, that is.
Discussion: Associated Press
Larry Wheeler / News Press:
Congressman resigns  —  Foley quits as e-mails to boy raise questions
Discussion: The Daily Background
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
White House Lists Book's 'Five Key Myths'  —  The White House went on the offensive yesterday against a new book that reports President Bush resisted demands to boost U.S. troop numbers in Iraq and misled Americans about the level of violence there.  —  The book, "State of Denial," …
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John M. Broder / New York Times:   Powell Tried to Warn Bush on Iraq, Book Says
Times of London:
The laughing 9/11 bombers  —  Exclusive film of suicide pilots at Bin Laden's HQ  —  FILM of the ringleader of the September 11 hijackers reading his "martyrdom" will inside Afghanistan at Osama Bin Laden's headquarters has emerged five years after the Al-Qaeda outrage.
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Times of London:
Is there blood on his hands?  —  As Kofi Annan prepares to stand down as UN secretary-general, Adam LeBor investigates the accusations made against the world's chief defender of human rights  —  THE CASE AGAINST KOFI ANNAN  —  The bodies were still warm when Lieutenant Ron Rutten found them …
Time:
Campaign 2006: The Republicans' Secret Weapon  —  You think the GOP is sure to lose big in November?  They aren't.  Here's why things don't look so bad to them  —  The polls keep suggesting that Republicans could be in for a historic drubbing.  And their usual advantage …
Discussion: Donklephant
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Justices to Hear Abortion, Integration Cases  —  'Partial-Birth' Procedure and Schools' Race Policies to Dominate Court's Agenda  —  Abortion and race dominate the Supreme Court's agenda for the term that begins tomorrow, with the Bush administration and its conservative allies urging …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Politics Central:
THE GLENN AND HELEN SHOW: MICHAEL TOTTEN ON BLOG-JOURNALISM AND THE MIDDLE EAST  —  Michael Totten is an independent blog-journalist who has covered the Middle East with support from his blog readers.  He's reported from Libya, Tunisia, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt — and he's now planning another trip.
Discussion: INDCJournal
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Telegraph:
Saudis build 550-mile fence to shut out Iraq  —  Security in Iraq has collapsed so dramatically that Saudi Arabia has ordered the construction of a 550-mile high-tech fence to seal off its troubled northern neighbour.  —  The huge project to build the barrier, which will be equipped …
Bob Woodward / Newsweek:
It was Bush's decision.  But Rumsfeld drove the dynamic on Iraq.  How the SecDef blew it.  An exclusive excerpt.  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (left) had concerns about the 'overbearing style' of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (right), according to Woodward's book
Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Tester holds 7-point lead on Burns, poll says  —  HELENA - Democratic challenger Jon Tester is leading Republican U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns by a 47 percent to 40 percent margin, a new Gazette State Poll shows.  —  Ten percent of the voters are undecided, while 3 percent said they would vote …
Discussion: Left in the West
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Newsflash: Victor Davis Hanson, American Idiot  —  VDH on Jimmy Carter: … VDH is half right; Desert One really was the Waterloo of the Carter presidency and, had it succeeded, Carter would probably have won the 1980 election and we'd have a different America.
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Works and Days:   America and its Discontents
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Mormon with a JFK touch is right on McCain's tail  —  FOR a glimpse of the top candidates for president in 2008, the best venue last week was a fashionable bar in Washington where the favourites for the Republican and Democratic nominations gathered like show ponies for the launch of a book called The Way to Win.
Discussion: RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Republicans angry at Foley's 'hypocrisy'  —  The congressman was known for crusading against sex predators and Internet porn.  —  FORT LAUDERDALE — At the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a young Republican congressman from Florida did something that seemed ordinary at the time …
Richard A. Clarke / New York Times:
Blinded by Hindsight  —  FIVE years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, three years after the 9/11 commission report, and just weeks before a national election, the issues of what happened before those attacks have resurfaced.  Suddenly, we are again witnessing heated disputes …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and GroupIntel
 
 
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