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10:20 AM ET, October 2, 2006

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Salon:
Foley fallout: Snow spins, Republicans scramble as more messages emerge  —  White House press secretary Tony Snow may be ready to dismiss Rep. Mark Foley's sexually explicit exchanges with underage House pages as nothing more than "naughty e-mails," but that's not the response we're hearing from most quarters.
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Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Former Pages Describe Foley as Caring Ally  —  Congressional pages live under a curfew in this building in Washington.  Former pages say Representative Mark Foley was unusually friendly.  —  In the hierarchy of Congress, the high school students who serve as Congressional pages fall somewhere near …
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 …
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 …
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.) …
Chicago Tribune:
Ex-page says he saw suggestive e-mails  —  WASHINGTON — A former House page said Sunday that in 2003 he saw sexually suggestive e-mails that Rep. Mark Foley had sent to another former page.  —  Patrick McDonald, 21, now a senior at Ohio State University, said he eventually learned of …
Carolyn Fox / Opinion:
Sexual abuse in Congress? Not on leaders' agenda
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:   Ex-Rep. Foley checks in to alcohol rehab
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.
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Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Woodward's 60 Minutes Interview on 'State of Denial'  —  Bob Woodward sat down with Mike Wallace to talk about his new book, State of Denial, and had many, many interesting things to report.  The title of the book really says it all; the Bush administration is so convinced that what they're doing …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
White House Aides Take to Talk Shows to Dispute Book
Michael Gawenda / Sydney Morning Herald:
Woodward's book damns Bush team
StrategyPage:
The Joke's on Osama  —  Al Qaeda in particular, and Islamic terrorist groups in general, are desperate for a major success.  Islamic terrorists remember the 19 90s fondly as a time when they were kicking ass big time, or at least more effectively than they have since September 11, 2001.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Letter Gives Glimpse of Al-Qaeda's Leadership
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Muslim accosts injured Para in hospital  —  A paratrooper wounded in Afghanistan was threatened by a Muslim visitor to the British hospital where he is recovering.  —  Seriously wounded soldiers have complained that they are worried about their safety after being left on wards that are open …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Samizdata.net
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Patterico's Exclusive Interview with a Man Who Has Spoken to the Terrorists at Guantánamo (Part One: Introduction)  —  I know Zarqawi, the terrorist said to the American. … The terrorist said it all in a matter-of-fact way, looking the American straight in the eye.  —  The American was not frightened.
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."
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Pelosi: House Ethics Should Act "Immediately"  —  In a letter to House Ethics Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA) today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote "to insist that the Ethics Committee act as directed and immediately form the investigative Subcommittee and begin work on the preliminary report in 10 days.
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Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Democrats Assail G.O.P. for Silence on Foley
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Party Without Principles  —  After years of single-party government, the prospect of a Democratic majority in the House ought to feel refreshing.  But even with Republicans collapsing in a pile of sexual sleaze, I just can't get excited.  Most Democrats in Congress seem bereft of ideas or the courage to stand up for them.
Drudge Report:
FOX MOVIE: 'MAY BUSH DRINK BLOOD OF EVERY MAN, WOMAN, CHILD IN IRAQ'  —  All systems go for controversy, and the release of FOX fuss film 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan' — a film which features a comic announcing to an outraged Virginia rodeo …
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Ynetnews:
ADL: Concerned over Borat's depiction of anti-Semitism
Discussion: PunditGuy
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.
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
On the Waterfront—Still  —  Why did Congress kill a measure to keep felons out of U.S. ports?  —  Congress is patting itself on the back for passing the Port Security Act last Saturday.  But the day before, a House-Senate conference committee stripped out a provision that would have barred serious felons …
 
 
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MSNBC:
Polls: Democrats run strong in Senate races
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
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The Observer / News from Norway:
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Daily Kos:
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George F. Will / Newsweek:
Speechless In Seattle  —  What has happened in Seattle prefigures …