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5:35 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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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 …
Washington Post:
The Foley Scandal  —  THE SUDDEN resignation of Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) involves more than an obviously troubled man who sent sexually suggestive e-mails to underage congressional pages.  Numerous fellow lawmakers, including Republican leaders, apparently had at least partial knowledge about Mr. Foley's disturbing conduct.
Redstate:
What Did They Know And When Did They Know It?  —  THE MEDIA NEEDS …
Discussion: MyDD and Balloon Juice
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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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: The Mahablog and LamontBlog
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," …
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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: DownWithTyranny! and Donklephant
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New York Times:
Campaign Cash Mirrors a High Court's Rulings  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the fall of 2004, Terrence O'Donnell, an affable judge with the placid good looks of a small-market news anchor, was running hard to keep his seat on the Ohio Supreme Court.  He was also considering two important class-action lawsuits …
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Justices to Hear Abortion, Integration Cases
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Bobblehead Rage!  —  I'm going offline the rest of the day, but had to blog this.  —  From fresco rage to book rage to film rage to beauty pageant rage to Koran-dropping rage to cartoon rage to Pope rage, it's always something with the Religion of Perpetual Outrage (hat tip-Andrew Bostom via NY Daily News).
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Tina Moore / NY Daily News:
Bobblehead Muhammed?  —  A ceramic bobblehead doll …
Discussion: Liberty and Justice
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: PSoTD
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon: "How Bush Rules," Week II  —  (Please welcome to the Book Salon Sidney Blumenthal who joins us today with his book How Bush Rules.  Sidney will be in the comments section to answer questions and chat with readers.  Part one of the discussion began last week with author Rick Perlstein and can be found here.)
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
More Than 70 Injured in Gaza Strip Demonstrations  —  The Palestinian security service controlled by Hamas moved forcefully in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to disperse demonstrators loyal to the rival Fatah movement who were demanding months of back pay from a nearly bankrupt government.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
 
 
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