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1:40 AM ET, October 2, 2006


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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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Majikthise
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
Susan Davis / Roll Call:
Hastert Calls on Justice Department to Investigate Foley  —  Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) today sent requests to the Justice Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to initiate immediate federal and state investigations into former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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 …
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Woodward's 60 Minutes Interview on 'State of Denial'  —  Bob Woodward sat down with Mike Wallace to talk about his new book, State of Denial, and had many, many interesting things to report.  The title of the book really says it all; the Bush administration is so convinced that what they're doing …
Bob Woodward / Newsweek:
It was Bush's decision. …
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
White House Lists Book's 'Five Key Myths'
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 …
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Scandal in Congress: The political fallout of Rep. Foley's resignation
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Pelosi: House Ethics Should Act "Immediately"  —  In a letter to House Ethics Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA) today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote "to insist that the Ethics Committee act as directed and immediately form the investigative Subcommittee and begin work on the preliminary report in 10 days.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Democrats Assail G.O.P. for Silence on Foley
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Brendan Daly /
Pelosi Letter to Ethics Committee on Cover Up of the Foley Matter
Discussion: Angry Bear and The RBC
Jacqui Goddard / Times of London:
One small word is one giant sigh of relief for Armstrong  —  IT WAS the perfect quote to match a momentous occasion.  As Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon in 1969, a global audience of 500 million people on Earth watched and listened with bated breath.
Discussion: Althouse
Mark Carreau / Houston Chronicle:
High-tech analysis may rewrite space history
Discussion: The World Wide Rant
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.
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 …
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 and The Reaction
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Should He Stay?  —  The biggest question mark was Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld:  —  After President Bush won reelection in 2004, White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. got out an 8 1/2 -by-11 spiral notebook, half an inch thick, with a blue cover.
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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Daily Kos:
UPDATE: FOX News Anchor Lays War Dead at Bush's Feet. (video)
Discussion: Eschaton and NO QUARTER
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
At Gitmo, detainees get La-Z-Boys, pastries
New York Times:
America's Army on the Edge
EU-US airline data talks collapse
Eight die as Gaza factions clash
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A Day of Atonement Wish List
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon: "How Bush Rules," Week II
Eric Margolis /
How Pakistan became an ally
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Good news in the good fight, Iraqis hate al-Qaeda, too
Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
Museum Field Trip Deemed Too Revealing