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4:26 AM ET, October 2, 2006

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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 …
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John / AMERICAblog:
GOP Staff Warned Pages About Foley in 2001; Hastert calls on Attorney General to investigate his own party; More kids come forward  —  Watch this broadcast of tonight's ABC News report on the Foley scandal.  Denny Hastert is done as House speaker.  —  Hastert is through.
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.
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 studnets under the age of 18.
Discussion: The Heretik
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Kickingdonkey / MyDD:
Foley's Farewell to the Departing Page Class of 2001-2002
Discussion: Bring it On!
Andrew S Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
The Republicans' perfect storm?
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 …
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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.
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:   Woodward's 60 Minutes Interview on 'State of Denial'
Michael Gawenda / Sydney Morning Herald:
Woodward's book damns Bush team
Discussion: Reuters and New York Times
Brendan Daly / democraticleader.house.gov:
Pelosi Letter to Ethics Committee on Cover Up of the Foley Matter  —  Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following letter sent today to House Ethics Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and Ranking Member Howard L. Berman about the Foley matter.  The text of the letter follows:
Discussion: Angry Bear
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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.
Discussion: Althouse
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Mark Carreau / Houston Chronicle:
High-tech analysis may rewrite space history
Discussion: The World Wide Rant
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Good news in the good fight, Iraqis hate al-Qaeda, too  —  "Light at the end of the tunnel" was one of those optimistic phrases from the Vietnam War that was widely mocked, until political pressures led the U.S. to abandon Vietnam.  The light became the oncoming train of another Cold War cliche …
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Patrick Porter / OxBlog:   IRAQI OPINION: Two prophecies about the Iraq war are being confounded …
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."
George F. Will / Newsweek:
Speechless In Seattle  —  What has happened in Seattle prefigures what a national Democratic administration might try to do to stifle conservative talk radio.  —  As the comprehensive and sustained attack on Americans' freedom of political speech intensifies, this city has become a battleground.
 
 
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