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3:20 PM ET, October 2, 2006


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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.
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.
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.
Joe / AMERICAblog:
White House downplays Foley scandal as "simply naughty emails"  —  White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, appearing on CNN this morning, downplayed the Foley scandal.  Soledad later noted that Snow "tried really hard to minimize the impact and any kind of political fallout."
Anita Kumar / St. Petersburg Times:
FBI launches Foley investigation
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Brian E. Crowley / Palm Beach Post:
Foley's secret confounds friends: Ex-congressman, said to be an …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Several incumbent Republicans trailing with five weeks until election  —  NEW YORK - Five weeks out from the midterm elections, MSNBC/McClatchy polls, conducted by Mason-Dixon in eight states, show Democrats are in striking distance of taking control of the Senate.
Polls: Democrats run strong in Senate races
Discussion: Facing South and TIME
Steven Thomma / Real Cities:
Poll: Democrats have a shot at capturing the Senate
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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.
Mark Scolforo / Associated Press:
6 Said Killed in Amish School Shooting  —  The county coroner says at least six people were killed in a shooting at a one-room Amish schoolhouse, where state police said earlier a gunman killed "a number" of people Monday in Pennsylvania's bucolic Lancaster County.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
Bush's men snarled like wild animals  —  Book slams Rummy, Colin & others in bitter fighting over war  —  While U.S. forces were battling in Baghdad, another war was being waged inside the West Wing.  —  In "State of Denial," Bob Woodward describes a White House riven by rivalries …
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Should He Stay?  —  The biggest question mark was Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld:
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 …
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.
Brian Hicks / Post & Courier:
Shirley offers fix for bad parenting  —  Sterilize irresponsible moms, dads, he says  —  Charleston City Councilman Larry Shirley says the robbery of a downtown video store - allegedly by a band of kids, including one too young to be charged - is a sure sign society has gone awry, and it's time to start a "dialogue."
Rasmussen Reports:
Tennessee Senate: Ford by 5 as Corker Falters  —  Ford (D) 48% Corker (R) 43%  —  Representative Harold Ford (D) has taken a 48% to 43% lead over Mayor Bob Corker (R) in Tennessee's increasingly competitive race for U.S. Senate (see crosstabs).  —  Ford has an edge with unaffiliated voters …
Discussion: The Blue State
Amanda / Think Progress:
Hastert Yanks Press Releases On Efforts To 'Keep Kids Safe in Cyberspace' From His Website  —  House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert first claimed he was made aware of Foley's emails to a young congressional page by media reports on Thursday.  He has now admitted he was actually informed last fall.
New York Times:
Wal-Mart to Add Wage Caps and Part-Timers  —  Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, is pushing to create a cheaper, more flexible work force by capping wages, using more part-time workers and scheduling more workers on nights and weekends.  —  Wal-Mart executives say they have embraced …
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
The Disappearing 'Us'  —  One of the salutary results of the Clinton administration, I thought, was that it got liberals and Democrats in the habit of using the first person plural.  U.S. military forces in Bosnia, Kosovo and elsewhere were "our troops."  NATO and Japan and Australia and all the rest were "our allies."
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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