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7:20 PM ET, October 2, 2006


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The Blotter:
E-mails Show Foley Sought to Rendezvous with Page  —  Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  In addition to explicit sexual language, former Congressman Mark Foley's Internet messages also include repeated efforts to get the underage recipient to rendezvous with him at night.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Eggman Says Kids Are "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!
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Matt Drudge blames the kids for Predatorgate: They are 16 and 17 year old beasts  —  (Update below) Here comes Matt "The Eggman" Drudge to (Mr. Predatorgate) Mark Foley's defense.  He uses that age old "attack the messenger" conservative technique-only in a creepier way.
Judd / Think Progress:
Snow on Foley Scandal: 'Simply Naughty Emails'  —  This morning on CNN, Soledad O'Brien asked Tony Snow why "any communication between a 16-year-old and a congressman" didn't "raise red flags — major, massive red flags" with Speaker Dennis Hastert and others who have known about the communications for months.
Payson / Think Progress:
Hastert: Foley Misconduct Was Presented As Something That 'Might Have Affected Campaigns'  —  Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, says he told Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) of Mark Foley's inappropriate emails in late 2005.
Judd / Think Progress:
Bay Buchanan: Email Hastert Calls 'Overly Friendly' Had 'Predator Stamped All Over It'  —  Prominent conservative pundit Bay Buchanan appeared on CNN this afternoon and lit into Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and the rest of the House leadership.  Buchanan said that the email that Hastert …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister and MaxSpeak
Hastert: GOP leaders knew nothing of alleged sex IMs
Discussion: QandO
Jim Romenesko /
Unusual news judgment
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
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."
Commissar / politburo diktat 2.0:
WHY I AM VOTING DEMOCRATIC IN 2006  —  I have decided to vote Democratic this fall.  —  I am a conservative and a Republican party member.  I believe in small government, free markets, strong defense, etc., but Bush's snafu in Iraq is just too much.  It overwhelms those issues which for 30 years have made me vote GOP.
Discussion: Decision '08
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.
Opinion Journal:
The GOP Record  —  The roots of Republican failures in Congress.  —  The 109th Congress has gone home to fight for re-election, and the best testament to its accomplishments is that very few Republicans are running on them.  They're running instead against the peril to the country if the Nancy Pelosi Democrats take power.
Discussion: QandO
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Condi In Peril?  —  It's hard to disagree with some of the sentiments in this piece by Greg Mitchell, following the bombshell revelation in Bob Woodward's book that Condi Rice had been warned on July 10 in very graphic terms about the threat from al Qaeda.  Here's why the July 10, 2001 meeting matters:
Washington Post:
We Saved Europeans.  Why Not Africans?  —  With Darfur set to be hit by a second wave of genocide, world leaders are shifting into diplomatic high gear.  The government of Sudan flatly rejects deployment of a 22,000-strong U.N. force, knowing it would be much more effective than the African Union's …
John Holusha / New York Times:
Students Killed by Gunman at Amish Schoolhouse  —  A lone gunman walked into a one-room schoolhouse in a largely Amish community in southeastern Pennsylvania today and shot as many as 10 girls, killing three immediately and then turned the gun on himself, dying at the scene, according to the state police.
Discussion: PoliBlog
Markos Moulitsas / Cato Unbound:
THE CASE FOR THE LIBERTARIAN DEMOCRAT  —  It was my fealty to the notion of personal liberty that made me a Republican when I came of age in the 1980s.  It is my continued fealty to personal liberty that makes me a Democrat today.  —  The case against the libertarian Republican is so easy …
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Bush to sign bill to prevent Internet gambling  —  US President George W. Bush this week is expected to sign a bill making it harder to place bets on the Internet, a practice which already is illegal in the United States.  —  Bush was expected to act quickly after Congress approved …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Right Man For Fox News  —  Roger Ailes Soldiers On For the Good of the Cause  —  NEW YORK — Ten years after he created Fox News Channel, Roger Ailes says he still avoids mentioning his place of employment in certain circles.  —  "It's just not worth going through the hassle at an elite party," he says.
Discussion: Media Blog and
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