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5:45 AM ET, September 30, 2006


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The Blotter:
Exclusive: The Sexually Explicit Internet Messages That Led to Fla. Rep. Foley's Resignation  —  Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz & Maddy Sauer Report:  —  Florida Rep. Mark Foley's resignation came just hours after ABC News questioned the congressman about a series of sexually explicit instant …
The Blotter:
Foley Resigns Over Sexually Explicit Messages to Minors  —  Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  Rhonda Schwartz contributed to this report.  —  Saying he was "deeply sorry," Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned from Congress today, hours after ABC News questioned …
Washington Post:
Rep. Foley Quits In Page Scandal  —  Six-term Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned yesterday amid reports that he had sent sexually explicit e-mails to at least one underage male former page.  —  Foley, who was considered likely to win reelection this fall, said in a three-sentence letter of resignation …
Associated Press:
Foley Resigns From Congress Over E-Mails  —  Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., abruptly resigned from Congress on Friday in the wake of questions about e-mails he wrote a former teenage male page.  —  "I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida …
John / AMERICAblog:
House GOP Leadership knew about Foley almost a year ago, let Foley remain in House leadership, let him remain as chair of House sex offender caucus  —  UPDATE: Foley's "instant message" communications with the underage boy have now been posted by ABC.  They are horrendous.
Talking Points Memo:
Big.  Big Trouble.  —  We caught wind of this and tried our damneddest to confirm it this afternoon.  But we weren't able to.  Rep. Alexander's office wasn't eager to return out calls.  —  But now the AP has the story.  And here's why there may be a lot more fall out from the Rep. Foley (R-FL) story.
David Espo / Associated Press:
Foley submits resignation to Congress  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record), R-Fla., submitted a letter of resignation from Congress on Friday in the wake of questions about e-mails he wrote a former male page, according to a congressional official.
Roll Call:
Foley Interviewed About Page Last Year; Democrats Not Told  —  Ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who resigned Friday after reports of his improper communications with a former male House page were made public, was interviewed about some of those contacts by the chairman of the House Page Board and the then-Clerk of the House last year.
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
ABC News Releases Message Exchanges Between Foley And Teens  —  ABC's Brian Ross was the person who broke the story of Rep. Mark Foley.  Tonight on ABC News, Ross gave a more indepth report, including the text of instant messages that Foley allegedly exchanged with these minors.  —  Video - WMV Video - QT
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Agonist
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Challenger Seeks Probe of Rep. Foley's E-Mails to Boy, 16
Bill Adair / St. Petersburg Times:
Foe questions e-mails from Foley to page
Discussion: TIME
Greg Hilburn /   Congressman resigns because of e-mail to Monroe teen
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Florida's 16th District: Rep. Foley Drops Out
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Sheldon Gweiser / MSNBC:
Poll shows Virginia Senate race is dead heat  —  Incumbent Sen. Allen and challenger James Webb tied with 43 percent  —  NEW YORK - Incumbent Republican Senator George Allen and Democratic challenger Jim Webb are tied in the latest MSNBC/McClatchy poll conducted by Mason-Dixon.
Gary Reals / WUSA-TV:
More Racial Accusations in Va. Senate Race  —  A Vietnam vet who interviewed U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb for a newspaper article in 1983 says the Democrat told him of college pranks he took part in 20 years earlier in which racial epithets were used and guns pointed at African Americans on the streets of Watts.
Fierce clashes in Baghdad; government imposes curfew.  —  About an hour ago local TV stations reported that the office of PM Maliki announced that a total curfew will be imposed in Baghdad from now until Sunday morning.  —  The curfew apparently came in response to an acute deterioration …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and All Spin Zone
Total curfew declared in Baghdad  —  The Iraqi government has declared an immediate curfew in the capital, Baghdad, to run until Sunday morning.  —  The move affects both vehicles and pedestrians, a spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister said.  —  The spokesman did not reveal why a curfew …
Discussion: The Reaction and The Heretik
Associated Press:
Ex-Prez Carter: Bush has brought U.S. "international disgrace"  —  RENO, Nev. Former President Carter is urging northern Nevadans to elect his son, Jack, to the Senate to help combat a Bush administration he says has brought "international disgrace" to the country.
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Bush's Conception Conflict  —  It was, I believe, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) who first made the excellent, bitter and terribly unfair joke about conservatives who believe in a right to life that begins at conception and ends at birth.  —  This joke has been adapted for use against various Republican politicians ever since.
Discussion: The Corner, Donklephant and Inactivist
Firouz Sedarat / Reuters:
Zawahri calls Bush a failure over war on terrorism  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri called President Bush a lying failure for talking of progress in the war on terrorism, according to a video posted on the Internet on Friday.
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SITE Institute /
A Video Speech from Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri: Bush, the Pope …
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Hillary urges Dean to raise campaign funds
Discussion: Redstate
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The smart politics of the detainee vote
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Discussion: Political Animal
Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Corner and Gateway Pundit
Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Chance at Osama pre 9/11, sez book
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