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12:10 AM ET, October 2, 2006


 Top Items: 
John / AMERICAblog:
GOP Staff Warned Pages About Foley in 2001; Hastert calls on Attorney General to investigate his own party; More kids come forward  —  Watch this broadcast of tonight's ABC News report on the Foley scandal.  Denny Hastert is done as House speaker.  —  Hastert is through.
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
FBI Opens "Preliminary Investigation" of Foley  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  The FBI has opened a "preliminary investigation" of disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley over the sexually explicit Internet messages he sent to congressional pages, all male high school studnets under the age of 18.
New York Times:
Review of Messages Sent by Congressman Begins  —  Law enforcement officials said Sunday that the F.B.I. had begun a preliminary inquiry into whether former Representative Mark Foley broke any federal laws when he reportedly exchanged sexually explicit e-mail messages with under-age Congressional pages …
John / AMERICAblog:
GOP Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) let Foley spend "a lot of time" with pages, including private dinner with one, after GOP knew Foley was a problem  —  Shimkus is toast.  There's even video of Shimkus letting Foley talk to the pages AFTER the GOP knew Foley had page-issues.
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Buzz:
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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
How The Foley Story Broke - I Find This Puzzling  —  Apparently the Mark Foley story first broke on this new blog,, which started in July and brought down the Congressional leadership with its sixth, seventh and eighth posts.  —  Color me skeptical.
Susan Davis / Roll Call:
Hastert Calls on Justice Department to Investigate Foley
Discussion: AMERICAblog
What Did They Know And When Did They Know It?  —  THE MEDIA NEEDS …
Discussion: Althouse and Balloon Juice
Kickingdonkey / MyDD:
Foley's Farewell to the Departing Page Class of 2001-2002
Discussion: Bring it On!
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
9/11 Panel Members Weren't Told of Meeting  —  Members of the Sept. 11 commission said today that they were alarmed that they were told nothing about a White House meeting in July 2001 at which George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condoleezza Rice …
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 …
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:   Democrats Assail G.O.P. for Silence on Foley
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Republicans angry at Foley's 'hypocrisy'
Discussion: PSoTD and The Reaction
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 …
Patrick Porter / OxBlog:   IRAQI OPINION: Two prophecies about the Iraq war are being confounded …
Tina Moore / NY Daily News:
Bobblehead Muhammed?  —  A ceramic bobblehead doll of the Prophet Muhammed - created to resemble the infamous caricature published by a Danish newspaper - is being hawked online for $22.99 a pop by an ex-Marine.  —  The unapologetic creator, Timothy Ames, 28, said the bobblehead is similar to …
Michelle Malkin:   Bobblehead Rage!  —  I'm going offline the rest of the day, but had to blog this.
Eight die as Gaza factions clash  —  Eight Palestinians, including four civilians, have been killed and about 60 injured in gunfights between rival political factions in the Gaza Strip.  —  Clashes broke out as militiamen loyal to the ruling party Hamas tried to break up protests by police and civil servants against unpaid wages.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
More Than 70 Injured in Gaza Strip Demonstrations
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
George F. Will / Newsweek:
Speechless In Seattle  —  What has happened in Seattle prefigures what a national Democratic administration might try to do to stifle conservative talk radio.  —  As the comprehensive and sustained attack on Americans' freedom of political speech intensifies, this city has become a battleground.
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Gunmen kidnap 26 workers in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen kidnapped 26 workers from a refrigerated food factory Sunday in western Baghdad in what appeared to be a new sectarian attack, a security official said.  The kidnapped workers included Shiites and Sunnis, and they included three women …
Discussion: The Fourth Rail and The Reaction
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 …
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