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9:30 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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Daily Kos
Maria Newman / New York Times:
Foley Checks Into Clinic for Alcoholism
Discussion: TAPPED
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Why Foley Teen Boy Scandal Can Fuel GOP Defeat
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 Ace of Spades HQ
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 …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Frist says U.S. can't win, should bring Taliban into Afghan …
Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:   Springing the Trap
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  —  More than just assailing the ABC and Fox networks, Bill Clinton is taking an unusually partisan stance for a former president with a fund-raising attack on the Republican ''right wing.''
Discussion: Sirotablog and LamontBlog
New York Times:
C.I.A. Chief Warned Rice on Al Qaeda  —  President Bush, Condoleezza Rice and George J. Tenet met after the Sept. 11 attacks.  An earlier meeting by Ms. Rice and Mr. Tenet, who have long had a contentious relationship, is now the subject of dispute.  —  A review of White House records …
Discussion: The Corner, The Heretik and driftglass
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Power Line
The Buck Starts Here  —  George W. Bush was never a fiscal conservative.  —  WHEN THE Washington Monthly recently asked seven conservatives to explain why they were rooting for GOP defeat this November, some of them complained about the Iraq war, some about the Bush administration's expansive view …
Discussion: The Corner and The American Scene
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Harold Furchtgott-Roth / New York Sun:
Keep the United Nations's Hands Off the Internet
Discussion: Bizzyblog
David Adesnik / OxBlog:
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Discussion: Angry Bear
Washington Post:
Outside Groups Shoveling Cash Into Tight Races
Palestinian group threatens to kill Hamas leaders
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Confederate Yankee:
Not All Quiet on Iran's Western Front
Digby / Hullabaloo:
GLYASDI  —  Tony Perkins of Dobson's Family Research Counsel …
 Earlier Items: 
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: The Swamp and First Draft
Ben Stein / American Spectator:
Hypocrisy, Democrat Style
Michael B. Brodkorb / Minnesota Democrats Exposed ©:
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Pre-emptive lawsuit challenges Bush plan
USA Today:
Income tax cuts benefit all payers
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
MSNBC needs to investigate Mike Viqueira's ties to the GOP