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11:50 AM 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.
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
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Hastert Knew While Foley Flew  —  Well, well, well.  It appears the Republicans actually can make the Foley controversy worse.  As if it wasn't bad enough that John Boehner knew about Foley's track record of sexual harassment of his underage pages, now it turns out that Speaker Denny Hastert lied …
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 and Blogcritics
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Closet  —  For almost my entire adult life, I've been openly gay.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Deirdre Shesgreen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Shimkus approached Foley about early e-mails
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Larry Wheeler / News Press:
Congressman resigns  —  Foley quits as e-mails to boy raise questions
Discussion: The Daily Background
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.
Washington Post:
Two Months Before 9/11, an Urgent Warning to Rice  —  On July 10, 2001, two months before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, then-CIA Director George J. Tenet met with his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, at CIA headquarters to review the latest on Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist organization.
Times of London:
Focus: Chilling message of the 9/11 pilots
Discussion: Never Yet Melted
Washington Post:
Falling on His Sword  —  Colin Powell's most significant moment turned out to be his lowest  —  ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2004, eight days after the president he served was elected to a second term, Secretary of State Colin Powell received a telephone call from the White House at his State Department office.
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Secret Reports Dispute White House Optimism  —  On May 22, 2006, President Bush spoke in Chicago and gave a characteristically upbeat forecast: "Years from now, people will look back on the formation of a unity government in Iraq as a decisive moment in the story of liberty …
John M. Broder / New York Times:   Powell Tried to Warn Bush on Iraq, Book Says
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 …
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 …
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.
Works and Days:   America and its Discontents
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
The war of ideas and civilizational superiority  —  October 1st, 2006 at 7:55 am (Personal, Islam, History, Culture, War, War on Terrorism, Arabic, The Rest, The United States, International community, The Muslim World, Islamic propaganda, The West, Islamists)  —  (Disclaimer: Caution!
Michelle Malkin:
A personal aside  —  Every weekday morning, after I get my kids dressed and fed and off and running for the day, I sit down in my home office to blog, write columns, manage Hot Air, and juggle duties as a Fox News contributor.  I can't wait to see what's happening in the world …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
U.S. Military Is Still Waiting For Iraqi Forces to 'Stand Up'
Discussion: Political Animal
Glenn Reynolds /
The Glenn and Helen Show: Michael Totten on Independent Blog …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
IT'S OFFICIAL....Michiko Kakutani reviews Bob Woodward's latest tell-all:
New York Times:
Campaign Cash Mirrors a High Court's Rulings
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: "No Excuses For Terror" Update: Outstanding
Engram / Back Talk:
Distinguishing the Insurgency from Sectarian Violence in Iraq
Kos / Daily Kos:
VA-Sen: Webb has raised the cash
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Glenn Reynolds /
TOM MAGUIRE has thoughts on torture.  He's a bit hard …
CBC News:
Hope fades for victims trapped in overpass collapse
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Secretary of Turbulence  —  Condoleezza Rice takes the long view—maybe too long.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
West 'will fail' without Pakistan
Dean Barnett /
FAQ - Torture!  —  1) Let's get right to it.  Do you support torture?
Discussion: Unfogged
Think Progress:
Bush Officials May Have Covered Up Rice-Tenet Meeting From 9/11 Commission
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy: