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7:35 AM ET, October 2, 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 …
Washington Post:
FBI to Examine Foley's E-Mails  —  The FBI announced last night that it is looking into whether former representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) broke federal law by sending inappropriate e-mails and instant messages to teenage House pages.  —  The announcement came hours after House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert asked …
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.
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 …
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
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 students under the age of 18.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Democrats Assail G.O.P. for Silence on Foley  —  WASHINGTON, Oct. 1.  — Democrats expressed outrage today that Republican leaders had waited nearly a year to tell them about e-mails between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page, allowing the Florida Republican during …
Kickingdonkey / MyDD:
Foley's Farewell to the Departing Page Class of 2001-2002
Discussion: Bring it On!
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:   Scandal in Congress: The political fallout of Rep. Foley's resignation
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 …
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.
Michael Gawenda / Sydney Morning Herald:   Woodward's book damns Bush team
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Fighting between Hamas and Fatah kills 7  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Heavily armed Hamas militiamen's efforts to break up anti-government protests on Sunday sparked gunbattles across the Gaza Strip that killed seven people in the worst internal Palestinian violence since Hamas took power.
Eight die as Gaza factions clash
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.
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Muslim accosts injured Para in hospital  —  A paratrooper wounded in Afghanistan was threatened by a Muslim visitor to the British hospital where he is recovering.  —  Seriously wounded soldiers have complained that they are worried about their safety after being left on wards that are open …
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
At Gitmo, detainees get La-Z-Boys, pastries  —  'This is not just a bad bill," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.  ''This is truly a dangerous bill."  And it's not just a dangerous bill.  It's also "unconstitutional" and "unconscionable" and represents the loss of the nation's "moral compass."
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
John Yang / ABCNEWS:
Foley Scandal Sends Tremors Through Other House Races
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Sisyphus Shrugged
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The Observer / News from Norway:
Norwegian TV Channel TV 2 will show Mohammad cartoons.
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Ron Bousso / Agence France Presse:
Gooood morning Tehran! This is Jerusalem
Agence France Presse:
Military force won't stop illegal weapons entering Lebanon: Assad
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Patterico's Exclusive Interview with a Man Who Has Spoken …
Discussion: JunkYardBlog and PrestoPundit
Tariq Ramadan / Washington Post:
Why I'm Banned in the USA
Maureen Fan / Washington Post:
In China, Churches Challenge the Rules
Meet the 'Prince of Marbella' - is he really supporting Iraq's insurgency?
Discussion: Amygdala
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
CROSSWORD FOLLIES....Several weeks ago, with some spare …
Discussion: SteveAudio
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Discussion: Bring it On! and Dean's World
Daily Kos:
UPDATE: FOX News Anchor Lays War Dead at Bush's Feet. (video)
New York Times:
America's Army on the Edge
Patrick Porter / OxBlog:
IRAQI OPINION: Two prophecies about the Iraq war are being confounded …
EU-US airline data talks collapse
George F. Will / Newsweek:
Speechless In Seattle  —  What has happened in Seattle prefigures …
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Gunmen kidnap 26 workers in Baghdad