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5:15 PM ET, October 1, 2006

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A Note From the Editors  —  There still seems to be some confusion about the order of events related to our coverage of Rep. Mark Foley and his email exchanges with teenagers he met through the congressional page program.  Let me try to clear this up.  —  In November of last year …
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Nico / Think Progress:
Hume Compares Mark Foley To President Clinton  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume compared Mark Foley's predatory behavior towards underage pages to President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky.  Hume said that while Foley is now "in total disgrace in his party," Clinton's …
Redstate:
What Did They Know And When Did They Know It?  —  THE MEDIA NEEDS …
Discussion: MyDD and Balloon Juice
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
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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," …
Newsweek:
The Woodward War  —  Another book, another political blow.  How the Bush team is handling the rain of bad news on Iraq, and what it means for Secretary Rumsfeld's future.  —  The White House had more than an inkling of what was coming.  This was Bob Woodward's third book …
Discussion: The Mahablog and LamontBlog
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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: DownWithTyranny! and Donklephant
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New York Times:
Campaign Cash Mirrors a High Court's Rulings  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the fall of 2004, Terrence O'Donnell, an affable judge with the placid good looks of a small-market news anchor, was running hard to keep his seat on the Ohio Supreme Court.  He was also considering two important class-action lawsuits …
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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
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 …
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Good news in the good fight, Iraqis hate al-Qaeda, too  —  "Light at the end of the tunnel" was one of those optimistic phrases from the Vietnam War that was widely mocked, until political pressures led the U.S. to abandon Vietnam.  The light became the oncoming train of another Cold War cliche …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Belmont Club
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Richard A. Clarke / New York Times:
Blinded by Hindsight  —  FIVE years after the attacks of Sept. 11 …
Michelle Malkin:
Bobblehead Rage!  —  I'm going offline the rest of the day, but had to blog this.  —  From fresco rage to book rage to film rage to beauty pageant rage to Koran-dropping rage to cartoon rage to Pope rage, it's always something with the Religion of Perpetual Outrage (hat tip-Andrew Bostom via NY Daily News).
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Tina Moore / NY Daily News:
Bobblehead Muhammed?  —  A ceramic bobblehead doll …
Discussion: Liberty and Justice
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.
Matt Bai / New York Times:
The Inside Agitator  —  Not all states are equal on an election map, and Alaska is one of those less populous states — like Kansas or Idaho or Alabama — that national Democrats almost never bother to visit.  For one thing, just getting there presents a logistical ordeal …
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 …
Discussion: PSoTD
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
More Than 70 Injured in Gaza Strip Demonstrations  —  The Palestinian security service controlled by Hamas moved forcefully in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to disperse demonstrators loyal to the rival Fatah movement who were demanding months of back pay from a nearly bankrupt government.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brendan Daly / democraticleader.house.gov:
Pelosi Letter to Ethics Committee on Cover Up of the Foley Matter  —  Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following letter sent today to House Ethics Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and Ranking Member Howard L. Berman about the Foley matter.  The text of the letter follows:
Discussion: The RBC
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Closet  —  For almost my entire adult life, I've been openly gay.  Why?  It was too humiliating and psychologically destructive to lie.  I don't think of this as a virtue, really.  In some ways, I think it was my pride that forced me to be honest with myself and others …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Powell Tried to Warn Bush on Iraq, Book Says  —  Colin L. Powell, in his last face-to-face meeting with President Bush before stepping down as secretary of state in January 2005, tried to impress upon him one last time the dangers he saw the United States facing in Iraq, according to a new Powell biography.
Rick Lyman / New York Times:
In Many Public Schools, the Paddle Is No Relic  —  Anthony Price, the principal of Everman Middle School in Texas, reinstated corporal punishment last year.  "It's had a huge effect," he said.  —  EVERMAN, Tex. — Anthony Price does not mince words when talking about corporal punishment …
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
 
 
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