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5:30 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.
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Eggman Says Kids Are "Egging the Congressman On"
Discussion: First Draft
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Matt Drudge blames the kids for Predatorgate: They are 16 and 17 year old beasts
Discussion: Sisyphus Shrugged
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 and Brendan Nyhan
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.
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
The Disappearing 'Us'
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 …
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.
Commissar / politburo diktat 2.0:   WHY I AM VOTING DEMOCRATIC IN 2006
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.
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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Letter Gives Glimpse of Al-Qaeda's Leadership  —  Letter Shows Worry Over Iraq Infighting  —  Six months before the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in June, a senior al-Qaeda figure warned him in a letter that he risked removal as al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq if he continued to alienate Sunni tribal …
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.
Discussion: Op For, JunkYardBlog and Power Line
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 …
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.
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
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."
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 …
Pat Milton / Associated Press:
FBI Worries About al-Qaida Ties to Mob  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI's top counterterrorism official harbors lots of concerns: weapons of mass destruction, undetected homegrown terrorists and the possibility that old-fashioned mobsters will team up with al-Qaida for the right price.
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Terence O'Hara / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Beltway Blogroll
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Iraq War Naysayers May Have Hindsight Bias
Victory for Austrian opposition
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Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Muslim accosts injured Para in hospital