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2:10 PM ET, October 1, 2006


 Top Items: 
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
New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Knew in Late '05 of E-Mail
Associated Press:
GOP Leaders Knew of Foley E-Mail in '05
Discussion: Truthdig
Washington Post:
The Foley Scandal  —  THE SUDDEN resignation of Rep. Mark Foley …
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
GOP Leader Rebuts Hastert on Foley
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Did Hastert know last year that Foley was a pervert? …
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
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," …
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: LamontBlog
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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Al-Qaeda Home Movies
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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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Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
Museum Field Trip Deemed Too Revealing
Matt Bai / New York Times:
The Inside Agitator  —  Not all states are equal on an election map …
Discussion: MyDD and DonkeyRising
Agence France Presse:
Five Palestinians wounded by grenade at Gaza demo
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Rick Lyman / New York Times:
In Many Public Schools, the Paddle Is No Relic
Washington Post:
'08 Scrutiny Shines Unkind Light on Allen
Charles J. Dunlap Jr / Washington Post:
Putting Troops on the Beat
Discussion: Op For
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
U.S. Military Is Still Waiting For Iraqi Forces to 'Stand Up'
Discussion: Political Animal
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
A personal aside  —  Every weekday morning, after I get my kids dressed …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Newsflash: Victor Davis Hanson, American Idiot
Discussion: Works and Days
Engram / Back Talk:
Distinguishing the Insurgency from Sectarian Violence in Iraq
The war of ideas and civilizational superiority
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