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9:00 PM ET, October 2, 2006

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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.
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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."
Discussion: NewsHog
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: Gay Patriot and QandO
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
Frist Says We Can't Win, Should Bring Taliban Into Afghan Government (Update: Frist Says He Was Taken Out of Context)  —  Give me "angry estrogen" over the GOP excuse for testosterone any day. … Well, by all means, invite them into the process, then.  Perhaps we should send self-addressed …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Slublog
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Frist: Give the Taliban Part of the Afghan Government; The War Is Unwinnable  —  That's it for me.  —  Goodbye GOP.  —  Perhaps we should make peace with Zawahiri as well?  Let's negotiate, and see what terms we can get as good dhimmis.  —  The hell with the lot of them.  —  (Photoshop courtesy of Slublog.)
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Old War Dogs
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: Daily Pundit and Balloon Juice
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Party Without Principles
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:   Frist, why hast thou forsaken us?
Michael Smith / Times of London:   British troops in secret truce with the Taliban
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.
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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.
CNN:
Hastert: GOP leaders knew nothing of alleged sex IMs
Discussion: QandO
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!
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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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
MSNBC needs to investigate Mike Viqueira's ties to the GOP
Discussion: Firedoglake and First Draft
Jim Romenesko / poynter.org:   Unusual news judgment
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Rice Received Qaeda Warning Before 9/11  —  A review of White House records has determined that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, did indeed brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001 about looming threat from Al Qaeda, a State Department spokesman said on Monday evening.
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Real Cities:   9/11 Commission saw the 'scary' briefing of 2001
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
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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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Special Edition of Blue America: John Laesch vs. Dennis Hastert
Discussion: Think Progress and Jon Swift
Reuters:
Spaniards tone down exploding Mohammed at fiestas
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Iraq War Naysayers May Have Hindsight Bias
Pat Milton / Associated Press:
FBI Worries About al-Qaida Ties to Mob
Rasmussen Reports:
Tennessee Senate: Ford by 5 as Corker Falters
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Eric A. Posner / Washington Post:
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Right Man For Fox News
Discussion: Media Blog and NewsBusters.org