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7:20 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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Palm Beach Post
New York Times:
Pressure Grows for G.O.P. Over Foley Scandal  —  Speaker J. Dennis Hastert faced intensifying questions on Monday about why Republicans had not reacted more assertively to Representative Mark Foley's messages to a teenage page, as members of his party, fearing a political debacle, demanded a strong response.
Maria Newman / New York Times:
Foley Checks Into Clinic for Alcoholism
Discussion: TAPPED
Washington Post:   After Foley, New Fears For the GOP
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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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 and Once Upon a Time
Jim Krane / Associated Press:
Frist: Taliban Should Be in Afghan Gov't  —  world-news, afghanistan, bill-frist, frist  —  QALAT, AFGHANISTAN — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas can never be won militarily and urged support for efforts to bring …
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.
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 …
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
Frist Says We Can't Win, Should Bring Taliban Into Afghan Government …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Frist, why hast thou forsaken us?
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.
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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
Real Cities:
9/11 Commission saw the 'scary' briefing of 2001  —  WASHINGTON - The independent Sept. 11, 2001, commission was given the same "scary" briefing about an imminent al Qaida attack on a U.S. target that was presented to the White House two months before the attacks, but failed to disclose the warning in its 428-page report.
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New York Times:
C.I.A. Chief Warned Rice on Al Qaeda
Discussion: The Corner, The Heretik and driftglass
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Eggman Says Kids Were "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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Digby / Hullabaloo:
GLYASDI  —  Tony Perkins of Dobson's Family Research Counsel …
Josh Treviño / The Remedy:
The left and the libertarians.  —  The Cato Institute today runs …
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: The Swamp and First Draft
theweeklystandard.com:
The Buck Starts Here  —  George W. Bush was never a fiscal conservative.
Ben Stein / American Spectator:
Hypocrisy, Democrat Style
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Pre-emptive lawsuit challenges Bush plan
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USA Today:
Income tax cuts benefit all payers
Discussion: Passionate America
Rasmussen Reports:
Virginia Senate: Allen Now Leading by 6
Chattanoogan.com:
Corker Campaign Gets New Nashville Office, Staff Realignment
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
MSNBC needs to investigate Mike Viqueira's ties to the GOP
Discussion: Firedoglake and First Draft
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Special Edition of Blue America: John Laesch vs. Dennis Hastert
Discussion: The Reaction
Washington Post:
We Saved Europeans. Why Not Africans?