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9:20 PM ET, October 1, 2006

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The Blotter:
GOP Staff Warned Pages About Foley in 2001  —  Maddy Sauer and Anna Schecter Report:  —  A Republican staff member warned congressional pages five years ago to watch out for Congressman Mark Foley, according to a former page.  —  Matthew Loraditch, a page in the 2001-2002 class …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Redstate:
What Did They Know And When Did They Know It?  —  THE MEDIA NEEDS …
Discussion: Althouse and Balloon Juice
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Scandal in Congress: The political fallout of Rep. Foley's resignation
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
John Bresnahan / Roll Call:
Hastert, Top Aides Knew of Foley Allegations
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 …
Discussion: MyDD, The Next Hurrah and Truthdig
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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
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 …
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 …
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
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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BBC:
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.
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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
More Than 70 Injured in Gaza Strip Demonstrations
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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: Booman Tribune and The RBC
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
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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Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Republicans angry at Foley's 'hypocrisy'
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Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
U.S. Military Is Still Waiting For Iraqi Forces to 'Stand Up'
Michelle Malkin:
A personal aside  —  Every weekday morning, after I get my kids dressed …