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1:45 AM ET, October 3, 2006

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Associated Press:
U.S. Senate majority leader calls for efforts to bring Taliban into Afghan government  —  QALAT, Afghanistan U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan guerrilla war can never be won militarily and called for efforts to bring the Taliban and their supporters into the Afghan government.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Frist says U.S. can't win, should bring Taliban into Afghan government; Update: Frist backs off — somewhat; Update: Brits in secret truce with Taliban?  —  The Commissar has decided to vote Democratic this fall.  —  Why not?  What's the difference? … Yep.  That'll solve it.
Senator Bill Frist:
America will Never Negotiate with Terrorists or Support their Entry into Afghanistan's Government  —  I'm currently overseas visiting our troops in Afghanistan, but I wanted to take a moment to address an Associated Press story titled, "Frist: Taliban Should Be in Afghan Gov't."
Discussion: NewsHog
Michael Smith / Times of London:
British troops in secret truce with the Taliban  —  BRITISH troops battling the Taliban are to withdraw from one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan after agreeing a secret deal with the local people.  —  Over the past two months British soldiers have come under sustained attack defending …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and COUNTERCOLUMN
Commissar / politburo diktat 2.0:
WHY I AM VOTING DEMOCRATIC IN 2006  —  I have decided to vote Democratic this fall.  —  I am a conservative and a Republican party member.  I believe in small government, free markets, strong defense, etc., but Bush's snafu in Iraq is just too much.  It overwhelms those issues which for 30 years have made me vote GOP.
Jim Krane / Associated Press:
Frist: Taliban should be in Afghan gov't
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Frist, why hast thou forsaken us?
Washington Times:
Resign, Mr. Speaker  —  The facts of the disgrace of Mark Foley, who was a Republican member of the House from a Florida district until he resigned last week, constitute a disgrace for every Republican member of Congress.  Red flags emerged in late 2005, perhaps even earlier …
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The Blotter:
E-mails Show Foley Sought to Rendezvous with Page  —  Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  In addition to explicit sexual language, former Congressman Mark Foley's Internet messages also include repeated efforts to get the underage recipient to rendezvous with him at night.
Judd / Think Progress:
Bay Buchanan: Email Hastert Calls 'Overly Friendly' Had 'Predator Stamped All Over It'  —  Prominent conservative pundit Bay Buchanan appeared on CNN this afternoon and lit into Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and the rest of the House leadership.  Buchanan said that the email that Hastert …
Opinion Journal:   Paging Mr. Hastert  —  Could a gay Congressman be quarantined?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Special Edition of Blue America: John Laesch vs. Dennis Hastert
Discussion: The Reaction
CNN:   Hastert: GOP leaders knew nothing of alleged sex IMs
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Eggman Says Kids Are "Egging the Congressman On"  —  The Republican coverup for La Cage Aux Foley has put all the tentacles of the Mighty Wurlitzer into overdrive.  Did you ever wonder how low they could go to keep themselves in power?  Wonder no more!
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Matt Drudge blames the kids for Predatorgate: They are 16 and 17 year old beasts  —  (Update below) Here comes Matt "The Eggman" Drudge to (Mr. Predatorgate) Mark Foley's defense.  He uses that age old "attack the messenger" conservative technique-only in a creepier way.
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Rice Received Qaeda Warning Before 9/11  —  A review of White House records has determined that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, did indeed brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001 about looming threat from Al Qaeda, a State Department spokesman said on Monday evening.
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Real Cities:
9/11 Commission saw the 'scary' briefing of 2001
Discussion: The Mahablog and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
C.I.A. Chief Warned Rice on Al Qaeda
Discussion: The Corner and driftglass
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lieberman says he has been promised seniority  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman, the longtime Democratic senator from Connecticut running for re-election as an independent, says the party leadership has assured him he would keep his seniority if he returns to Congress.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Crab Boulevard
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Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Former President Clinton warns Dems to watch out for right-wing onslaught
Discussion: Sirotablog and LamontBlog
Markos Moulitsas / Cato Unbound:
THE CASE FOR THE LIBERTARIAN DEMOCRAT  —  It was my fealty to the notion of personal liberty that made me a Republican when I came of age in the 1980s.  It is my continued fealty to personal liberty that makes me a Democrat today.  —  The case against the libertarian Republican is so easy …
 
 
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