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11:30 AM ET, October 3, 2006


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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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Foley Saga No Shock to Some  —  The Florida Republican was known to have an interest in younger men, Capitol Hill workers say.  —  WASHINGTON — Years before sexually explicit electronic messages sent by Rep. Mark Foley to teenage House pages became public last week, some on Capitol Hill say …
Hastert won't resign over Foley scandal  —  Washington Times opines House Speaker 'must do the only right thing'  —  WASHINGTON - Despite a call from a conservative newspaper for his resignation over his handling of a congressional sex scandal, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., intends to retain his leadership position.
Opinion Journal:
Paging Mr. Hastert  —  Could a gay Congressman be quarantined?  —  Florida Republican Mark Foley's sexually explicit emails to a Congressional page certainly warranted his resignation from the House, and they may well merit prosecution.  But this being five weeks from an election …
Washington Post:
After Foley, New Fears For the GOP  —  Some Say Party Could Lose House and Senate  —  Republican strategists said yesterday that public revulsion over the sexually graphic online conversations between Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and former House pages could compound the party's problems enough …
Florida 16  —  It's not often that a member of congress resigns a month before election day.  We had already decided to poll the FL-16 race in the second round of Majority Watch.  Given Friday's surprise announcement, we decided to go in the field this weekend.
New York Times:
The Foley Matter  —  History suggests that once a political party achieves sweeping power, it will only be a matter of time before the power becomes the entire point.  Policy, ideology, ethics all gradually fall away, replaced by a political machine that exists to win elections and dispense the goodies that come as a result.
Discussion: PoliBlog, Norwegianity and Daily Kos
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Warnings About Foley's Behavior Failed to Move Congress to Action  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Despite repeated warning signs going back at least five years, almost nothing was done in Congress to stop Foley's suspect behavior with pages.  —  Today, Republican leaders said they had no idea …
Hugh Hewitt /
Don't Resign, Speaker Hastert. Swing Back.
Discussion: TAPPED and Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Miami Herald:   Foley's shame; Congress' stumble
Real Cities:
Rumsfeld, Ashcroft received warning of al Qaida attack before 9/11  —  WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Discussion: Think Progress and First Draft
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.
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Former President Clinton warns Dems to watch out for right-wing onslaught
Discussion: Sirotablog and LamontBlog
Bo-Mi Lim / Associated Press:
North Korea says it will stage nuke test  —  SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Tuesday it will conduct a nuclear test in the face of what it claimed was "the U.S. extreme threat of a nuclear war," ratcheting up tensions amid international pressure to return to negotiations on its atomic program.
Bo-Mi Lim / Associated Press:   N. Korea Says It Will Conduct Nuke Test
Pete Hegseth / Opinion Journal:
More Troops, Please  —  "Not losing" isn't the same as winning.  —  I've heard President Bush repeatedly state he will send more troops to Iraq if the commanders on the ground ask for them.  I think, having returned home from Iraq two months ago, that there must be a breakdown in communication somewhere along the line.
USA Today:
Income tax cuts benefit all payers  —  Americans of every income have benefited from a drop in federal income tax rates as Bush administration tax cuts enacted since 2000 took effect, an independent analysis of newly released IRS data shows.  —  But those earning $75,000 to $500,000 …
Discussion: Passionate America and Gay Patriot
David Adesnik / OxBlog:
SANTORUM APPEALS TO OXBLOG: Looking to climb out of a very deep hole, Senator Rick is now sending direct-mail fundraisers to DC residents.  Here are my favorite parts of his four-page appeal. … I certainly dislike the radical left, but I don't find them very scary.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Patterico's Exclusive Interview with a Man Who Has Spoken to the Terrorists at Guantánamo (Part Two: Stashiu Arrives at GTMO and Describes the Terrorists)  —  [This is Part Two of my exclusive interview with "Stashiu," an Army nurse who worked at Guantánamo …
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Hot Air
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Three Years Of CQ  —  Three years.  8,156 posts.  Over 109,000 comments and 16,000 trackbacks. 23 million visits.  And the best blog community in the 'sphere.  —  It all started with this post: … When I first started this blog, I expected it to serve two purposes …
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush says Democrats shouldn't be trusted
Discussion: MyDD, and AMERICAblog
Harold Furchtgott-Roth / New York Sun:
Keep the United Nations's Hands Off the Internet
Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
Springing the Trap
Washington Post:
Outside Groups Shoveling Cash Into Tight Races
Palestinian group threatens to kill Hamas leaders
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White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: The Swamp and First Draft
The Buck Starts Here  —  George W. Bush was never a fiscal conservative.
Ben Stein / American Spectator:
Hypocrisy, Democrat Style