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2:35 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
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
Former page: We knew about Foley 'for years'
Discussion: Firedoglake
New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Knew in Late '05 of E-Mail
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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 and Ace of Spades HQ
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
Lorne Manly / New York Times:
In Taking On Fox, Democrats See Reward in the Risk  —  THE Fox News Channel doesn't officially turn 10 until this week, but the Democrats have already begun doing their best to spoil the celebrations.  —  The party crashing began last Sunday, when former President Bill Clinton transformed …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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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: 
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Powell Tried to Warn Bush on Iraq, Book Says
Richard A. Clarke / New York Times:
Blinded by Hindsight  —  FIVE years after the attacks of Sept. 11 …
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
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Secretary of Turbulence  —  Condoleezza Rice takes the long view—maybe too long.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce