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3:25 PM ET, October 1, 2006

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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 …
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John Bresnahan / Roll Call:
Hastert, Top Aides Knew of Foley Allegations
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Associated Press:
GOP Leaders Knew of Foley E-Mail in '05
Discussion: Truthdig
tcpalm.com:   Former page: We knew about Foley 'for years'
New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Knew in Late '05 of E-Mail
Washington Post:
GOP Leader Rebuts Hastert on Foley
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
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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," …
Newsweek:
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.
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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 …
Time:
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
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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
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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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Belmont Club
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Richard A. Clarke / New York Times:
Blinded by Hindsight  —  FIVE years after the attacks of Sept. 11 …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and GroupIntel
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
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Brendan Daly / democraticleader.house.gov:
Pelosi Letter to Ethics Committee on Cover Up of the Foley Matter  —  Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following letter sent today to House Ethics Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and Ranking Member Howard L. Berman about the Foley matter.  The text of the letter follows:
Discussion: The RBC
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.
Discussion: RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, DonkeyRising and MyDD
Jeffrey Feldman / FRAMESHOP:
Hastert "Protected A Predator"  —  Fifty years from now, when historians write about the social problem of sexual predators in early 21st Century America, they will put a photo of Cardinal Bernard Law next to a photo of Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.
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 …
Telegraph:
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 …
 
 
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